Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Rental


"All those stairs!  They look like they lead to nowhere!"

"I realize it's a lot of stairs, sir, but you'll really like the apartment. And you'll find they're not nearly as bad as they seem."

"I can't even figure them out! They go this way, and that way, and ... and ..."

"Things are often not what they seem, sir.  Bet you'll find living here inspiring!"

"I doubt that.  I've a feeling this is only gonna be temporary." 

"Whatever you say.  Ready to check out the apartment, Mr. Escher?"

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Picture prompt above, story below, 89 words and I'm really rocking the limit of 100 words no end these days! It may have been mathematically improbable, but I seem to have finally climbed the staircase of the 100 word challenge --- Relativity speaking, that is. 

This is my weekly contribution to the Fabulous Flying Friday Fictioneers/You Won't Believe Your Eyes Association. Click the link when you're ready to ascend to the other Fictioneers' impossibly interesting takes on the subject.

Meanwhile I'm looking for another set of stairs to climb, like the ones below.  Wonder what the rent is on that place ...




48 comments:

Rambly T said...

Depending on the age of dear Mr. Escher I don't blame him wanting it to be only temporary! ;-)

thewritersvillage said...

That was great to go with an Escher comparison.

In your story was cute and fit well into the Escher/spiral staircase motif.

Good job had me smiling and chuckling.
Thanks, Randy

janet said...

I thought of Escher when seeing this picture, too, so it was good to see a twisted (spiral?) story like this. Mr. Escher must have gotten plenty of exercise!

janet

Managua Gunn said...

The dialogue was really spinning around there, much like the spiralling staircase - I enjoyed the poor man's confusion and desperate sales talk!

silentlyheardonce said...

Mysterious. The landlord or super seems a bit anxious to get a new tenant. Nice story.

jenndicamillo said...

Okay, I have to say I love your bio better than the story. And "Hey!" to the slurs against Justin Bieber and Abe Vigoda. I am a fan of both! But that aside, on the story... I liked the reticence to climb the stairs that Mr. Escher exhibited in his silence.

Ann Isik (Poetic Mapping) said...

Funny and clever. Now, if the apartment Mr Escher at the top of that spiral turns out to be a Mobius Strip, we'll never see him again!

kindredspirit23 said...

Funny guy!!!
Scott
Mine: http://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/friday-fictioneers-482013-bye-bye-genre-horror/

Perry Block said...

Glad you loved the bio, but there are no slurs. Mr. Vigoda is referenced only because he is old, therefore it's a good name for a Jewish old, old age home. I'm sure he would approve.

As for Mr. Bieber, I am merely referencing the fact that it is unlikely he has many fans at the Abe Vigoda home. All to the point that anybody who dreams about wanting my life must be about as cool a guy as the President of the Justin Bieber Fan Club at the Abe Vigoda Home for Very, Very Old Jews.

Glad to have the opportunity to clear that one up.

kdillmanjones.com said...

So amusing, the realtor for MC Escher. There is a sort of Kafkaesque quality here that could build into a nice short story. Nice work!

Linda Palund said...

Oh yes, You made me chuckle also. Very clever take on the prompt!
Lindaura

Perry Block said...

Somehow I think it turned out very much otherwise! Thanks for writing.

Perry Block said...

Thanks for dreaming the impossible dream with me, Randy!

Perry Block said...

Somehow I'll bet he never quite made it into the apartment at all! Thanks, Janet.

Perry Block said...

Desperate sales talk that seems bound to succeed, I think. Thanks for your comment!

Perry Block said...

Hopefully the tenant-to-be one day remembered him in his will. Thx for writing!

Perry Block said...

Considering that guy, I don't know how we ever could have seen him in the first place! Thanks for the comment, Ann.

Perry Block said...

Aww, shucks!

Perry Block said...

Yes, I think Kafka and Escher go hand in hand. In fact, they may be the next Rogers and Astaire!

Perry Block said...

I live but for to make you chuckle! Thanks for writing, Linda.

sunshine said...

love your story, Perry. :)

aslongasimsinging said...

Ha ha ha! You nailed it!

Russell said...

Somewhere along this trek he's going to have to use the bathroom. Perhaps that's where his drawing of the hands comes in. BTW, I linked you in my story this week. Perhaps it will drive one of my two fans your way. Westinghouse seems curious, but Jesus is reluctant.

Leslie said...

Hmm wonder if Escher ever lived in a place with alot of stairs? Quite possible. What a great perspective

November Rain - k~ said...

Great potential back story Perry! Escher is one of my all time favorites, and it slides right into this prompt so nicely.

EL Appleby said...

Hi Perry
Great story - made me laugh out loud and I can definitely see how you got the Escher reference from the picture. One little niggle though, did you mean 'nearly not' or 'not nearly'?

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Dear Perry,
Another Escher fan here so I loved the reference and the picture. Did you ever see Barefoot in the Park with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford? Mostly what I remember of that flick was the top floor apartment with the killer stairs leading up to it. Your fun story put me in mind of it.
Nice job,
Shalom,
Rochelle

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Russell,
You need to get out more. Your mind seems to be awash with indoor plumbing this week.

Tom Poet said...

Perry,
Thanks for the laugh. Rocking the 100 word limit...good to hear since I blew it out of the water at 342 words this week....Just taking up the space you left I guess.
Tom

Perry Block said...

Good catch! I jumped ahead to answer yours out of sequence when I saw your comment and have already fixed.

What are your charges for proofreading?

Perry Block said...

That's a ray of sunshine in my life! Thanks!

bwfiction said...

I see you put a new perspective on the prompt.

Escher is one of my favorites.

Perry Block said...

Only three "ha's?"

Perry Block said...

Gee, if I get one of your two fans, I'll owe you one fan back just as soon as I get me one.

Yes, I hope Escher was able to hold it. At my stage of the game, I'd have to go on just about every flight.

Perry Block said...

I think Escher probably spent his life in ranch houses, which led to his obsession with steps, poor guy!

Perry Block said...

Tune in next week for the next chapter in the back story "Escher in Love."

Perry Block said...

Remember "Barefoot in the Park?" I remember "Birth of a Nation."

If Escher had designed the stars for that movie, Redford and Fonda would have been divorced in a week ...

Perry Block said...

Can't wait to see that. But don't worry; I'll fix it for you!

Perry Block said...

Well, now you know how he got his start! Thanks for writing.

Douglas MacIlroy said...

Dear Perry,

Your reference to mr. Escher puts me in mind of the convoluted path one must tread to leave a comment on Blogspot. I love your story and M.C. so i'm going to try. if i'm not back in a few days, call the coast guard.

Aloha,

Doug

nightlake said...

nice thinking. Looks like Mr. Escher will give in to the sales talk in the end:)

Brudberg said...

Wonderful, what a good eye you have Perry..
Just like mr Moebious never could see it from another side.

Perry Block said...

I've heard something like this before, but I don't really understand the problem. The security feature is off, isn't it? If it's easier for you, please send me an FB message on this so I can try to fix it.

If only Mr. Escher knows how to leave a proper message here, no wonder I'm so lonely here!

Perry Block said...

Yep, good thing for him he has such weak sales resistance. Thanks for writing!

Perry Block said...

I can't deal with Mr. Moebious so my eye is probably pretty crappy after all. Bu thanks for the compliment!

Ann Isik (Poetic Mapping) said...

I would have thought that this place would have instantly appealed to
M C Escher! Though while on paper never being able to reach a destination looks clever and pretty, in what stands for 'real' life, it would be somewhat irritating!

elmowrites said...

Cute! I *love* Escher's work (He and my Mr Fibonacci would have got on, I think). nice twist

Dobson said...

Just like a salesman to try to pump up the virtues to overcome the negative aspects. No matter how much you like the place the stair are always there to lessen your enthusiasm.