Friday Fictioneers – The Escher Staircase

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Sometimes, I think the Almighty has a weird sense of humour. Take gateways, for example. Not the entrances to fancy buildings, but the wrinkles where worlds meet. Don’t deny you know what I mean. Everyone has encountered at least one, but we blank them because the altered geometry offends. We look but we unsee them.

I recognised this stairwell as a gateway by the impossible Escher steps with two dimensions folded into one. But did it have to reek so strongly of impatience? Humour, you see. I swung my leg over the railing and picked my way gingerly down.


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

59 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Escher Staircase

  1. Reminds me of something I reposted on FB the other day. A quote from WB Yeats – ‘the world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper’.
    Really liked this, Neil. It’s a good way to start the New Year.

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  2. Intriguing description. You reference Esher, but your description, especially “the altered geometry offends,” reminds me of Lovecraft describing R’Lyeh, “He had said that the geometry of the dream-place he saw was abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.”

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