Thanks to dear Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and to Roger Bultot for the photo.
My ‘Lento’ tour promised a handful of churches, a motley market, stalls with tiny bottles of rose petal oil, followed by a quiet glass of Prosecco in the market square. I take a second sip and the pavement beneath my feet slowly tilts, the cream and orange buildings topple over like monumental slices of gingerbread.
Do I alone notice that the world is turning. a portal just for me ? A new perspective on my unexciting life, a message maybe ? I’ll ask the man at the next table, does he feel topsy turvey too, see a cosmic truth in the tilting gingerbread ?
February 28, 2022 at 3:59 am
She’s been slipped a roofie or some other hallucinogenic, or at Ieast it seems like it. Maybe she’s having a psychotic break? In any case, I hope she isn’t harmed by the experience.
February 26, 2022 at 11:57 am
I wonder, what was in the Prosecco?
February 27, 2022 at 6:12 pm
Aha ! If I told you the magic wouldn’t work.
February 26, 2022 at 1:19 am
I really like your word choices here – her moment of disorientation is a ‘portal’, a ‘new perspective’, a ‘message’. I especially like the closing phrase. Brilliant. Cosmic truth and gingerbread! She’s had a glimpse of something beyond her everyday, and it’s good!
February 27, 2022 at 6:14 pm
Thanks Margaret, so pleased you liked the story, and the ‘cosmic truth and gingerbread’ !
February 25, 2022 at 3:29 pm
I kept thinking that her dizziness was due to the photo being 45 degrees off. Well done, if unresolved.
February 27, 2022 at 6:20 pm
Thanks for your comment Bill, it makes me think of those floating spherical compasses.
February 25, 2022 at 2:06 pm
That’s more than a case of vertigo. I wonder if someone slipped something in her prosecco? Good one. (certainly goes with the prompt 😉 )
February 25, 2022 at 1:06 pm
A personal portal, a new perspective, a reflection of self… either that, or Iain is right….
February 27, 2022 at 6:22 pm
Yes, I leave it to you the reader to decide.
February 25, 2022 at 9:52 am
You could be right Iain, perhaps the holiday company dopes the drinks ?
February 25, 2022 at 12:20 am
The fascinating thing is that she’s curious but not scared
February 25, 2022 at 9:40 am
Interesting observation Neil. I didn’t realise that til you pointed it out.
February 24, 2022 at 8:39 pm
What an interesting take… I like to think it’s for her alone 🙂 Her life has just taken an turn… or tilt for adventure!
February 25, 2022 at 9:47 am
Thanks Dale, I appreciate your reflections.. I guess it could lead to adventures ?
February 25, 2022 at 9:59 am
Why not? 😊
February 24, 2022 at 7:02 pm
I wonder if there was something more than prosecco in her glass!? 😀
February 27, 2022 at 6:28 pm
Maybe Iain, what do you reckon was put in ?