Fugue State

lisa fox


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He didn’t remember how he got here. It was some sort of posh restaurant. He was alone, although there were two menus on the table. An unknown appetizer was sitting in front of him looking particularly vile.

The taste of his soft drink made him want to vomit. He tried to act calm, then realized not only did he not know where he was, he didn’t know who he was.

He started to get up when a fairly attractive young woman approached.

“Hello. I’m Joy, your server. Welcome to your first day at cognitive depression treatment clinic. Shall we begin?”

I wrote this for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ 14 April 2023 edition of Friday Fictioneers. The idea is to use the image above as the inspiration for crafting a poem or short story no more that 100 words long. My word count is 100.

Insomnia is a mother bear and I woke up at a terribly early hour, unable to go back to sleep. After fruitless tossing and turning, I got out of bed, and not in the best of all possible moods.

I was actually looking forward to this morning’s writing challenge, hoping to siphon off some of my sleep deprived angst. This is what came out after I saw the photo.

To read other stories inspired by the prompt, visit inlinkz.


Promotional image of my short story “The Simulated Woman.”

If you’re interested in any of my published works, my cyberpunk short story “The Simulated Woman” is currently available through the Starry Eyed Press anthology Existential Hologram: A Science Fiction Anthology.

Kennedy Ashe is a software designer developing a multi-player holographic video game. But she discovers that she’s not only playing a character in the game, she is that character. She’s also a car accident victim, a hospital patient suffering from brain damage, an old woman dying of cancer, and about to be murdered by both the people she cares about and their alien monsters. Which of these lives belongs to the real Kennedy and when she finds it, where will it lead her?

24 thoughts on “Fugue State

  1. As a cognitive-behavorial practitioner, I am intrigued to know what comes next. And I agree with you. Insomnia is the pits. I quit fighting it, get up, heat up a little milk with vanilla and nutmeg, read for half-an-hour, and usually am able to go to sleep. Usually.


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