Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #96

The image below is from Victor Moriyama at the New York Times and has been chosen by Fandango for his flash fiction challenge this week.For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows people seen in individual units through the large windows of a multi-unit apartment building.

Six eyes focused on the images in the windows.
They were mostly single people, few having visitors, some never leaving the confines of their rooms.
They went about their every day business, unaware they were being watched 24/7.

‘Are you sure they can’t see us?’
‘Yes. They honestly have no idea.’
The scientists flicked a couple of switches and night closed in. Their human subjects adjusted accordingly by retiring to bed, some to sleep, some to read, some to share themselves with others.
They were just lab rats bred for the programme in a set of gilded cages, unaware that their ‘reality’ was no more than an illusion.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #96

  1. willowdot21 says:

    What a great twist .💜

  2. Fandango says:

    Sometimes I wonder if that is our reality.

  3. Sadje says:

    It does looks like a cage. Very good story

  4. murisopsis says:

    One of the people on WP was just writing about the loss of privacy… seems many are on the same wavelength!

    • I remember walking along the beach in Poole and looking across at the flats that overlooked the sea. Few had bothered to draw the curtains, and it was quite entertaining in one flat as he was dressed in a cape and jumping off a chair as his partner lay on the bed……………..

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