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Encountering an illusion

J Hardy Carroll
J Hardy Carroll

High grass covered the valley as far as the eye could see, whilst sessile oaks covered the higher slopes. Storm knew what she saw was an illusion, created to deceive her. However she allowed herself to relax and appeared to absorb the view. It would do no harm to encourage the Force operatives to think that they had deceived her. Storm allowed herself a moment to settle. She could smell crushed flowers. As far as illusions went this one was top notch. Closing her eyes Storm built an image of the various tunnels that in reality where before her

A fine day at Mevagissey
A fine day at Mevagissey
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    1. Thank you sir, I saw politicians it the image, but moved my story far into the future. Your story ‘Window’ was just up my street, just as I Occasionally see windows. I tried to post a comment to say something along that line, but WordPress for some password reason is stopping me posting on quite a few individual site.

  1. What an intriguing take on the prompt. The windows do look more like screens than windows, don’t they? The idea that Storm’s experience is synthesised is very creepy! What would she see if the grass and oaks weren’t there, I wonder?

      1. Do you have times when the story seems to take you in an entirely different direction than you planned? Like someone else is doing the typing 🙂

    1. Artificial intelligence it seems is certainly involved. In writing fiction there are so many options, to have such a choice is great. At the present I struggle to give good feedback so I appreciate your comment.

    1. It is very kind of you to say so. However there are many areas like romance or crime stories, where I just can’t write anything remotely decent. In writing fiction there are so many options, have such a choice is great. I also do struggle to give good feedback so I very much appreciate your comment.

    1. I do struggle to give feedback so I really appreciate your comment. Storm is becoming a favourite and fascinating character for me. I need to think deeper how I develop her.

  2. Yes, I really like your story, although I agree with another reader that I’m not sure how you arrived at it, from the photo. I am very eager to know what happens next, so it’s clearly a success.

    1. I am glad you liked the story, On the rare occasions that I return to using my camera I look through the view finder hoping and looking to create an illusion. This week the photo prompt gave me that sense of looking at a created and false view.

    1. Thank you Magarisa, I enjoyed researching the Maya style of creating records following your comment. Looking at archaic or bygone forms of recording languages in a interest of mine.

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