Paradox (flash fiction)




“So why are you building a time machine?”

“If I stop my parents meeting I won’t have to exist.”

“Er okay… You realise it won’t work?”

“Why not?”

“If you go back in time and stop your parents meeting then you don’t get born, but that means you don’t build a time machine to stop them meeting, which means they do meet and you do get born. It’s a time paradox.”


Joanne Fisher

Word count: 71 + prompt

This was written with the prompt paradox provided by Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #184.

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10 thoughts on “Paradox (flash fiction)

  1. Reblogged this on Junk Mall USA and commented:
    I love this topic!! If you have a bucket of water, and each drop in the bucket is a person… then you are born. If you did a head count from the start of mankind from the very first person… the population of today out numbers all that have been born. So as the bible says when the Gulf is empty (where the souls are contained “the bucket of water”), so will come the first baby born without a soul.
    Therefore, we have free will, and are born exactly the person we were meant to be. So take comfort in knowing your are a child of all there is. Life is a dream that never ends…. People are made of millions of Protons; protons born from the center of the sun. One proton comes the very center of the sun, and that trip to the earth takes 1 million years to be born. Protons NEVER die they turn into some other like a caterpillar will turn into a butterfly. Does the caterpillar know it will turn into a butterfly?

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