Write a FLASH FICTION story (in any format) in 100 words or less, excluding the title. Begin the story with the words, “The goldfish bowl teetered” These four words will be included in the word count.
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Living in a goldfish bowl
The goldfish bowl teetered on the edge but it had done so for years. Only the multi-tasking tentacles of the Administrators kept it from falling, kept all those people from knowing that their lives were on view.
Johnny’s finger tapped at a window pane. Behind it he could see strange creatures flailing in water. Which was weird in a London street.
“Octa-puss!” he crowed, tapping harder. Was this the moment? His mother pulled him away, apologising to no one. He wailed as she dragged him down the road. “Mummy, wanna octa-PUSS!”
The Administrator relaxed. No one ever believed the children.