Friday Fictioneers – Tessellation

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

“Should it look like that?” Mark shook as he pointed to the bank exposed by the melting snow.

I couldn’t see a problem, and told him so.

“It’s tessellated.”

Not knowing what the word meant, I nodded sagely, but the tremor in his voice worried me.

“Dirt should be crumbly,” he said. “Nor an array of parallelograms. That’s not natural. Someone, or something, wove it.”

Holding my hand up to placate him, a glance at my tessellated palm stalled me. Somewhere on the floodplains, marked out by those lifelines, tiny steamers plied the rivers. I plummeted into the weave.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

54 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Tessellation

      1. I’m guessing you’ve read the story of Chuang Tzu’s butterfly dream? In the end he wonders if he is Chuang Tzu dreaming he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he was Chuang Tzu…


  1. I learned the meaning of tessellate years ago and have not forgotten where and when it was taught and by whom, which is weird since it’s been so many years and I have never used it except in very few circumstances, such as this.

    When I learned to read ground mapping radar, I was taught that noting in nature is either perfectly straight or perfectly round.

    So your character, Mark, is quite correct. Well done, Neil.

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