When I walked across the water it was a mistake, it was hype.  And hype is like a virus, it eats up everything else.  But water is only molecules, like the ground is only molecules; the difference is irrelevant.

Life isn’t molecules, whatever the evidence says.  And the message wasn’t irrelevant, whatever the evidence says.

I wanted to talk about simple things, things that anyone can influence.  But people flinch at that.  They cling to hype because it seems unattainable, so then there’s no pressure to attain it.  I should’ve let myself drown that day.  The cross was hype, too.


This piece of flash fiction was written for Friday Fictioneers: a story in 100 words prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday.  Here’s the link to the stories and this week’s picture is at the top of this post, copyright The Reclining Gentleman.

From Aquileana’s wonderful posts about Greek mythology, I’ve read a lot about hubris, lately – and so… a reboot of the saviour of mankind.  Meanwhile, to maintain the cosmic balance, here’s a quick word from Richard Hell.

18 thoughts on “Hype

  1. Yowzers!! A real punch in the gut at the end!!
    But…. People do cling to the miracles, the bigger-bolder-grander, and forget about love and decency. Powerfully written…..

    • True, it’s tricky stuff, love and decency – personally, I’d find it easier if only people were… erm… more likeable. But they’re such stinkers! :O

  2. But the molecules react differently to his feet compared to everyone else’s. Like the downbeat reflective voice, although I suspect it might mean people miss his killer line ‘And the message wasn’t irrelevant, whatever the evidence says.’ Hype is just more exciting.

    • Oh I don’t know, walking on water isn’t so special, really – pond skaters do it all the time without batting an eyelid – and they wouldn’t, even if they had eyelids to bat 🙂

  3. You’re certainly onto something about what gets our attention. Only he who has the sharpest catchphrase or the most appealing image gets heard. Hype works. Unfortunately. A sobering piece – thought-provoking and cleverly conceived.

    • Very true. Although I always thought “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” was a fairly cool catchphrase. But then, I suppose the stone manufacturers’ PR went into overdrive: “we need bigger and better stones to protect our way of life!”

  4. Loved it. Marketing is not about message or substance, its about gimmicks…

    Its a well written piece, but its the new viewpoint of a well known main character that I really like here.

  5. I really enjoyed this, not so much because of the bigger issues addressed, but because it focused on regret, regret at getting caught up in the moment and failing to see the less shiny and more important things.

    • Hmm I like that you saw him as culpable, as having been caught up in the thrill of the scene that swirled around him. I can’t remember now if I meant to include that element, but it can certainly be read that way. So, that’s good to know 🙂

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