Cheerful fifties tunes greeted Tara and Greg as they walked into the diner, a bell chiming behind them. There wasn’t a speck of dust in the place.

“Hi, folks!” a waitress said. “What brings you to our diner?”

“We needed somewhere quiet,” Tara said. “Somewhere to relax.”

The waitress smiled. “That’s usually what it is.”

The world flickered, like a bad signal on a television: counter rippling with black mold, music slowing, the waitress’s face rearranging itself like a jumbled jigsaw.

Tara blinked and all was normal again.

“So,” the waitress asked, leaning close, “what can I get you?”

Word Count: 99

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and Roger Bultot for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Glitch in the matrix?!

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Wow, what just happened there! A glimpse into another world?

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  3. Might explain why there’s not so many customers. But you’d worry you were going crazy.

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  4. An illusion or reality in make believe mode? Great story.

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  5. Ooh, intriguing. Wonder if it’s in her head or in the real world.

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  6. yarnspinnerr says:

    The master(s) of the universe blink. Great take.

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  7. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Wow this was a great twisted tale based on such a benign photo.

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  8. granonine says:

    You can almost hear the creepy music playing 🙂

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  9. Michael Wynn says:

    That’s great. Something’s not quite right but we don’t know what it is and yearn for more

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