The Interview – Friday Fictioneers

I am a bit late to this week’s gathering of the Friday Fictioneers, a community of writers who contribute a 100-word story based on a photo prompt.

Thanks to our gracious host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and to Shaktiki Sharma for this week’s cool photo.

Ahem…I went over just a tad. I had a hard time ending it….

PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

Sci-Fi (106 words)

The Interview

Addison fell into the hot seat.

Across from her, Gemma sat with her feet and knees touching. She held no resume. None was requested and Addison hadn’t sent one at such short notice.

Basking in a glow of stillness, Gemma resembled a touched photograph, except for her lashes which moved like the wings of a butterfly in slow-motion flight.

Addison formed words to questions she didn’t hear. Voices echoed. Something about data analysis.

“I studied philosophy,” Addison stated.

“How is it that you know you’re here, Addison?”

Addison jolted upright. “I don’t.” But then she knew that she did. Her insides hurt, raked and combed through.


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Deep Curve Pavlova – Friday Fictioneers

“Pavlova’s built-in stimulus will get you exactly where you need to go,” the salesman offered a pen, anxiously awaiting signature. “I recommend enabling preferences from the beginning.”

Carl flew off in the minivan, shouting commands, “The nearest of everything, Pavlova. I don’t need a long list of choices. I need water. ”

“Don’t fear what you do not know,” Pavlova speaks. “Just run.”

“But you are a motor vehicle,” Carl pats the dash.

“I don’t trust her,” his girlfriend says.

Pavlova accelerates and curves off-road, heading toward a lake.

“Where is she taking us?”


“Just run.”

Task Completion: 100%
Predicting Outcomes: 100%


Genre: Realistic Fiction (ha ha) – 100 words

Copyright: Roger Bultot


This story was inspired by the article I read today about artificial intelligence. It’s not nuclear war that we’ll fear in the future, but superintelligence in the form of machines or artificial intelligence, starting with those chips in our cars.

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting and dedicating her time to Friday Fictioneers, and to Roger Bultot for the photo this week.

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