Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Self Diagnostics #AtoZChallenge

This year I'm writing Micro Fiction (or Flash Fiction) that is 100 words or less around a set list of words provided by my BFF (Kemari Howell). Today's letter is "D", so today D is for Delusional.

Self Diagnostics 
The World Wide Web: Feeding Delusions since 1993

Dagby hunched over her laptop, throwing shadows across her bedroom walls. Her husband’s snoring masked the hum of her computer as she tapped the keys, searching her symptoms.

Headache, nausea, fatigue… pain.

She glanced at the wound on her arm—even in the dark, it looked angry.

I hate cats.

She continued to read, stopping occasionally to feel her face or take a deep breath.

Progressive symptoms include: anxiety, confusion, terror.

She looked around in the dark—heart racing.

Hallucinations, paralysis, DEATH!

 She slammed the lid shut and pulled the covers up over her head. Tomorrow she’d call her doctor.


Feel free to leave your short pieces of fiction (<100 words) in the comments below. The word for today is Delusional.


  1. EEEEEGADS, don't we all do that? In fact a friend saidon Face book last night that she came home from the Dr. who had concerns and she immediately did a google search and is now terrified...
    Great D word and nice to meet you!

  2. Bwahaha! I've learned to stay away from googling symptoms. You never know what you might find.

  3. I so relate to the hubby's snoring! Another great post!

  4. That'll teach her.

    Actually, I think, looking around at much of the Internet (well, as much of it as I can see anyway) "anxiety, confusion, terror" seem to be fairly common symptoms.


    Excellent micro-flash, ~2

  5. What a great piece of Flash Fiction. It the internet today has so many different ways for one to find symptoms then a list a mile long at times for possible problems. Then one wrong click and you have to start from the beginning.

  6. Love your blogs. My husband is a googler for symptoms. The best one was him going to the doctor with a list of symptoms for menopause. Classic!

  7. hahahah@Deb. I have to admit that is me... I almost talked myself into rabies once.

    I hate cats.