A New Vision


‘Hello, New Age Opticians…’

‘Oh hi, I’m having trouble with the contact lens you supplied me this morning.’

‘I thought we’d sorted this out?’

‘It’s still not right.’

‘So what seems to be the problem now?’

‘It’s making my eye water. A lot.’

‘I see…’

‘No actually, it’s more of an ocean. In fact there’s a dolphin in my field of vision right now.’

‘Oh how lovely… I mean: that is serious. Is it in the left eye or the right?’


‘Oh, the third one.’

‘Yes, my mind’s eye.’

‘Then there’s nothing to worry about, Sir, you’re imagining it.’


Friday Fictioneers (FF) is a challenge open to writers all over the world: write a 100 word story using the week’s unique photo as inspiration. This week’s picture is supplied by Jean L. Hays.

More hows, whens and whats of FF can be found here at Rochelle’s site. (Thank you, Rochelle, for hosting.)

Read more FF stories here.


Published by mike olley

Mike Olley writes short fiction. He has two collections of very short stories available, Better and Mind Clearance. His work has also been published online as well as in several anthologies. Originally from London, he spent a few years in Spain before a quirk of fate brought him back to live in an English seaside town. He now spends his time gathering storylines washed in by the sea.

36 thoughts on “A New Vision

  1. Mike, you worked out a great one. I’m starting to notice a trend in these flash fictions that I never even thought of: fiction as dialogue. It truly has a beginning, middle, and end, but is completely in the voices of two characters. I’ve always been hesitant to start out a story with dialogue — much less the entire thing!
    Very inventive.

    1. Thanks MBP, it comes from years of evesdropping conversations on buses and trains. And now with mobile / cell phones the trick is to write a one-sider…

  2. Without meaning to (I guess) you’ve drawn attention to the very fine line between ‘imaginating’ and ‘hallucinating’, if there is one … 🙂

  3. Oh, no, I’ve used ‘too’ instead of ‘to’. I’ve disgraced myself as a proofreader! I’m going to blame it on sloe gin – I must have had two much last night. 🙂

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