Probing Questions…


‘Excuse me. Would you mind taking part in a survey?’


‘Really? Great! OK, question 1. Are you currently A: In a medically induced coma, or B: In a fiction surrounded by paid actors?’

‘How about C: Doing the weekly shop with my wife?’

‘I’m afraid that’s not an option Michael.’

‘How do you know my name’s Michael?’

‘I didn’t say Michael. You said Michael.’

‘This is ridiculous.’

‘Then walk away Michael.’

‘I will.’


‘I can’t move!’

‘Why do you think that is? Is it A: You are in a medically induced coma, or B: Aliens have inser…’


Written for: Friday Fictioneer


Filed under Flash fiction

18 responses to “Probing Questions…

  1. I’m a sucker for infinite regress. Nicely done!

  2. Dear Martin,

    What a conundrum. It almost puts me in mind of The Matrix.



  3. Ingenious take on the prompt.

  4. Cue the theme music for “The Twilight Zone.”

  5. Take the blue capsule! Good one.

  6. What a very inventive story. That would be a very scary situation for the interviewee.

  7. A really nasty disease is a another option. Well done.
    Best wishes,

  8. That was a most excellent and different take!

  9. What is worse: A – an alien invasion or B – being unable to escape the pestering survey takers…?

  10. Humor and deep – yet light and masterful

  11. Creative and creepy take on the prompt. Something makes me think “A” is the answer. Or at least, that that’s what he’s supposed to believe…

  12. Delight! And so the questions go round and round.

  13. HA! That’s great!! What is real and what isn’t?? Well done!

  14. Oh, that’s funny! Great start to this week’s reading pleasure 🙂

  15. Really clever take on the prompt.

  16. Haha 🙂 Not sure what his best option is here, if C is out of the running…

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