Flash Fiction: Alice and the Looking Glass

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Other stories featuring the prompt can be found here.

Alice banged her fists on the looking glass. Home so close, yet so far.

“But Alice, you are home.”

 She didn’t want to be here, and she didn’t want to be there, but she had to be somewhere.

Alice looked beyond the glass again. The white asylum waited. It would be mad to return. 

“Stay for another cup of tea.” 

The hatter, the voice of sanity. When did up become down? When was the asylum taken over by the lunatics? Why did she follow everyone down the rabbit hole? Alice sipped her tea and washed her pills down. What else were tea parties for? 

~*~

Note:
Inspiration for this story comes from the children’s classic “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and the sequel “Through the Looking Glass”. More Fudged Up Fairy Tales can be read here.

34 comments

  1. I agree with Rochelle. The world seems overrun with lunatics and I’ll add that politics seems to attract them like iron filings to a magnet.
    Great story and also seems to sum up where my mum is these days with moderate dementia, which was my inspiration this week.
    Hope you’re keeping well.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. I think being an ego driven lunatic is a requirement to be a politician.

      Sometimes being in our heads is the best place to be. I hope your mum is doing ok all things considered. Dementia is hard for everyone involved. My heart goes out to you.

      Thanks R

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      1. Interesting comparison to MJ. Maybe, eh? I don’t really know. I didn’t like him, or the story, for that matter, but the former might’ve been me picking up on stuff I would know to pick up on … and the latter might’ve been how discomfiting his story was in the truths it told. Yes, nothing quite like it.

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