Below is a VERY short story that I wrote as I procrastinated (should’ve been working on my research paper, or an actual analysis) and posted on my Facebook account the other day. It only seemed fair to share with you. Please feel free to comment. :-)
When Words Mock
by Bernadette Rocha
26 Jan. 2015
“Excuse me? You want to do what now?” The student stared in disbelief as the words on the page she read from kept shifting its focus. It was as if the story knew it was being analyzed, and was doing everything in its power to tell her to go and take a hike. Literally, the page changed its entire structure into a stunning piece of word art which read, “take a hike.” She was dumbfounded. Never before had she been so rudely spoken to by a work of fiction. Then again, never before had fiction ever spoken to her.
Then, a light bulb shone in her mind. Much to her chagrin, the page shifted to read, “a mind can only shine so bright when there is hardly any grey matter to shield the photons from passing through.”
Grabbing the nearest eraser, she tried to erase the words on the page that so blatantly mocked her. They simply jumped around, avoiding the object. Screaming, she tried to rip the paper apart. To her dismay, each character leaped off the page, avoiding the flames, which by now had set fire to the curtains and bedspread through wildly flown embers.
The characters gathered before the door, climbing atop one another, creating the form of a laughing face. She grabbed a pen and ran at the face, stabbing wildly.
“Julianna! Julianna! Wake up!”
Opening her eyes, she looked about her. Her roommate, Sophie, was standing next to her, wide eyed. She, herself, had apparently fallen asleep while staying up late to work on a Literary Analysis, only to have the analysis work on her!
26 Jan 2015