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

This Post Has 45 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    What an interesting thought process to create that story from that image

  2. Varad

    The imagery is excellent here, Michael. How did you conceive this story from that image? Fascinating stuff.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Varad, the image challenged me, so I moved into a potential political future,

  3. ceayr

    I can’t pretend to understand what is happening, but I love the image you created

    1. Michael Humphris

      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.

  4. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Lovely images. No wonder she’s allowing herself to enjoy them.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  5. J Hardy Carroll

    Great images. Sorta like the Holodeck.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Rather like a portable Holodeck that can be projected just about anywhere. ! Thank you for supplying a interesting image

  6. pennygadd51

    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. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Penny, Storm often finds herself deep underground, I am beginning to see her like a female James Bond, but far in earth’s future.

  7. granonine

    Michael, I think this is rather brilliant 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, sometimes the stories that arrive surprise me to

      1. granonine

        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. Michael Humphris

          Absolutely… When writing fiction there are so many options, having such a choice is great. However I do struggle to give good feedback so I appreciate your comment.

  8. Na'ama Yehuda

    OH! Interesting perspective, this!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Na’ama

      1. Na'ama Yehuda

        My pleasure! 🙂

  9. Sandra

    You did this well, Michael. Good idea.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra

  10. msjadeli

    Wonderful SciFi. I can see a day….

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, perhaps the future is unknown, but I enjoy challenging myself to think about it. I certainly hope that it turns out better than I currently write

  11. gahlearner

    Storm is a great character. Strong and clever. I see it as fantasy, but could be SF as well.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Gabriele. I do enjoy writing both fantasy and SF, and so tend to blur the boundaries

  12. DB McNicol

    Quite the view on the photo – I really enjoyed it!

    My take on this week’s challenge: https://dbmcnicol.com/friday-fictioneers-declaration/

    1. Michael Humphris

      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.

  13. Abhijit Ray

    A thinking storm knows where to attack, when and how. Dangerous! Is it driven by artificial intelligence against an enemy nation?

    1. Michael Humphris

      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.

  14. Brenda's Thoughts

    A enjoyable clever story, Michael! Storm is an intriguing character.

    1. Michael Humphris

      In writing fiction there are so many options, to have such a choice is great. As I struggle to give good feedback so I very much appreciate your comment.

  15. theministryofshrawleywalks

    Really imaginative stuff, i wouldn’t in a million years conceived this one!

    1. Michael Humphris

      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. theministryofshrawleywalks

        No worries, credit where credit is due. We all have our specialities that much is plain to see!

  16. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    This was a very clever way to conceive a story… I think we need people like Storm

    1. Michael Humphris

      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.

  17. JoHawkTheWriter

    It makes me wonder what is going on that and image of grass and trees is a deception. Interesting world

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Jo

  18. kzmcb

    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. Michael Humphris

      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.

  19. magarisa

    Imaginative and fascinating take on the prompt. Your story makes me think of the concept of Maya: the world as illusion.

    1. Michael Humphris

      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.

  20. patriciaruthsusan

    Good sci-fi, Michael. She sounds experienced in this type of warfare. I hope she makes it out of the grasp of the enemies. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Me to, or the plans I have for her future will be untold.

  21. Sascha Darlington

    Love this. It almost has the feel of an X-Men story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sascha, I have not seen the X men films, but I Storm is honoured to be linked to X men, I think…

      1. Sascha Darlington

        I think so. They are certainly creative!

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