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This was my entry for Cracked Flash Fiction Competition on 8 October 2016. The prompt was: “This isn’t what I meant by ‘invisible’.”


By Ronel Janse van Vuuren


‘This isn’t what I meant by “invisible”,’ Malachi hissed.

The crowd gathered around them, filling the amphitheatre.

‘Relax, no-one’s looking at you,’ Beau said, leaning against a tree.

‘Why would they? I’m lichen!’


‘I asked you to make me invisible, not unlikeable!’

Beau laughed. A few heads turned their way before looking at the stage again.

‘Sorry, bud, but you were a parasite long before I got to you.’

The music swelled and Malachi forgot who he was as he absorbed the sun and photosynthesis became his world.


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So, what do you think? I did another post about magic and witches earlier that week and I immediately thought about the different ways a request can be twisted by magic. Is there anything you’d change about this story?

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