Friday Fiction: A Hundred Coffee Cups


Copyright -Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Copyright -Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

A Hundred Coffee Cups

Upstairs in the dilapidated building, barricaded in, protected from outsiders, the Genius is hard at work. The room is cluttered with whiteboards overloaded with Greek symbols and squiggly lines; a hundred coffee cups sit pointlessly, their contents long since congealed; top-heavy piles of books lie open, copious notes scrawled in the margins.

The Genius is close to solving the question, the Ultimate Question. The answer will change the world, change everything. The tension in the room is palpable, even the pen feels it, as it scribbles harder, faster.  The Genius leaps up.

‘Eureka!’ she yells, ‘That’s it! The answer is-‘

(100 words)

Damn that word count!


For those who don’t know, Friday Fictioneers is a challenge to write a 100 word story from a picture prompt. It’s hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and anyone can play. Thanks for hosting, Rochelle! Check out the link below to see what other fictioneers did with this week’s prompt.

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28 thoughts on “Friday Fiction: A Hundred Coffee Cups

    • I played on that assumption by not being gender specific until the end. I think things are improving, though, my daughter read it and didn’t assume she was male. There is hope!


      • It’s taking a very long time for new concepts to take hold. The insistence of this and previous generations is finally becoming the norm and our daughters and hopefully sons will look back and wonder how the women coped.


  1. I always enjoy your stories El! Glad to see you back! Too bad she couldn’t get that one more sentence out, damn that word count! LOL


  2. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, that word count has caused a LOT of problems. If only Genius could solve THAT one.

    I agree with Rochelle on having you back. Awesome!


  3. Very clever and very funny. Great descriptions that put the reader in the room, and a lovely build of tension to that wonderful ending 🙂


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