Three Line Tales: An indefensible fortress

three line tales week 32, weird perspective which is maybe a bit Escher

photo by Steven Wei – here’s a bigger version


The city pressed him, the weight of twenty-four million people walking to work, sauntering through the parks, grinding the pavements under loafers and Oxfords and ridiculous wobbling heels – breathing his air.

Human contact was inescapable. Stepping outside his apartment, the sidewalks were clogged, every crossing or corner a blockage of flesh so bad he would walk on the road rather than feel the press of unfamiliar skin, causing torrents of abuse, fanfares of honks and horn blasts.

At night, after he’d sealed the windows and door with tape, he thought of the molecules that had penetrated him through the day – petrochemical, human, animal, invisible particles of saliva and ash and faeces and plastic, paper napkin fibres, pollen from the ash tree outside his window, every scent an invasion of his body by unstoppable forces, he a fortress with no form of defence.


Written for Sonya at Only 100 Words’ Three Line Tales. See the photo prompt and read the other stories here.

26 thoughts on “Three Line Tales: An indefensible fortress

  1. Great insight into this man’s inner world. Is his immune system compromised? I try to avoid thinking too much about the gazillion microbes, traces of faecal matter and who knows what else we encounter day to day- I’d never relax on public transport otherwise, but there are times I see a blob of something or a stain on a train seat that sends my imagination off into not so nice places…

    This also reminds me of the film ‘Safe’ with Julianne Moore.

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    1. You’re right, best not to think of these things. Man has survived with thousands of things living in or on us, we’ll no doubt survive most of what modern life has to throw at us too. Thanks so much for reading 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sammi. Glad that came across. Best not to think of microbes and bacteria and all the tiny things that live on us – or we’ll all want to hide ourselves away 🙂

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  2. If you think about all the things we encounter every day…it’s enough to make anyone sick or feel the need to hibernate. Sometimes knowing things can be harmful not only to our body, but to our mind.

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