Not the Taj Mahal! Friday Fictioneers.

“Bill, you’ve stretched the boundaries of science with your bare hands. Teleporting a mouse to Australia is freaky smart, but teleporting us to the Taj Mahal? You’re mad!” Jessica fumed. “If you beam Scotty up, you’ve gotta bring Scotty down. I’m staying home.”

Yet, it was too late. Bill had already pressed the button.

Still wearing her pink fluffy slides, Jessica gingerly opened her eyes. Either the teleporter had a wild sense of humour, or no sense of direction. This decrepid hotel  was NOT the Taj Mahal, and Bill mumbled something about Guatamala.

That was Bill’s last experiment.


While ostensibly about the perils of teleporting, that scenario illustrates that age old tension in couples where one is more this, and the other is more than that. One is a risk taker, while the other’s a home body. How do we negotiate these differences? There lies the challenge and quite frankly, I think Bill’s in deep water.

xx Rowena

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by by Rochelle Wishoff Fields. This week’s image from JS Brand captures I’d encourage you to read some of the other contributions and see just how many different takes can emerge from the same photo.

Word Count 98 words.


26 thoughts on “Not the Taj Mahal! Friday Fictioneers.

  1. Anita

    Lovely sc-fi tale 🙂
    I can understand why it’s the last experiment 🙂 🙂
    Teleporting is my dream. It has its advantages if the science goes right!

  2. pennygadd51

    A lovely piece of humorous writing. I particularly liked “If you beam Scotty up, you’ve gotta bring Scotty down.”
    I take your point about the way this parable illustrates the tension between risk-taker and homebird. I think Bill’s stepped rather a long way over the mark here, don’t you?!

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Sarah. It’s interesting how that can happen in these flash fiction efforts. They accidentally ended up being quite similar to my parents. Or, maybe it wasn’t an accident.
    xx Rowena.

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