What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. My first attempt at deception was a failure. Body language and shifty eyes had given me away instantly…. prompting nightmares, where phantom strangers screamed: ‘Liar…Liar…’ , filling me with shame.
To be caught in a lie…. To see the disappointment in the eyes of those you love… To be dismissed as untrustworthy…. I never wanted to be in that situation again. I resolved to get better…to reinvent myself.
Re-inventing meant radical change. I camped in the psychology, ,self-help and philosophy sections of the library devouring knowledge. I sought religious leaders, saints who could perform miracles ..when all said ” Life is an illusion”. ,everything clicked in place.
I became very good. But something was missing…. I felt like an artist drawing masterpieces in invisible ink.
I figured it out eventually. I’m a guru now. Followers aplenty. Got to go ..the crowd is impatient …eager to watch me levitate.
The above 150 word story was in response to ‘Monday’s finish the story’ flash fiction challenge. This unique flash fiction challenge provides a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. The challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Details are available in this link: