Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: The Professor’s Glasses


Professor Keystone has a total of five pairs of eyeglasses – two pairs for far-sighted, two for near-sighted, and a near-plus-far-sighted glasses. He switches between the different hours of the day and when he’s not wearing them, he places them on one of the five transparent busts in his office.

Every time his wife came for dinner delivery, she would ask, “Why don’t you keep your glasses in its cases? Do you know how much dust is collected on these busts?” Professor Keystone would nod and continue with his work while his wife would shake her head and leave.

One afternoon, Professor Keystone’s secretary entered the room to deliver some papers from a student, instead of finding the professor at the desk bending over a thick stack of paper, he was lifting bust-by-bust, seemingly looking for something. “Professor, are you looking for something?”

“Ah yes, Anna. I’m searching for my glasses. You see, I have five pairs and one pair seems to be missing.” Anna pointed at the professor’s head and quietly chuckled.

(~172 words)

I am participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer, where we write a piece between 100 and 150 words (more or less 25 words) in length inspired by the photo prompt above. 

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12 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: The Professor’s Glasses

  1. That’s funny. My Mom loses her glasses on her head all the time, since she only has ones for seeing close up and sunglasses. I think the idea of the busts for different types of glasses is a great idea, much easier to find them there than in different cases.

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