Copyright- Claire Fuller

Copyright- Claire Fuller

Upon arrival we received instruction manuals. How Your Body Works and How the World Works. At the age of accountability, loosely defined, we were told to choose for ourselves. But choice, when faced with the lesser of two evils, was a useless proposition. A supplemental chapter was given to people of a certain age. Like the age of accountability, this age turned out to be not as certain as one might think. None of us could claim ignorance when it came to what was happening all over the world. Food insecurity was real. But we were not powerless. In theory.


The fall semester has begun. It’s going to be a tough one, but the end is near. Or is it the beginning of something else? Thanks for reading. Be sure to check out more Friday Fictioneers here.

23 thoughts on “Life: Enter At Your Own Risk

  1. Chew off the pencil erasers if you must but keep going! You’ve made it this far – annoy them all and finish in style!

  2. micklively says:

    I like the “we’re all responsible” message: well done.

  3. Who do I complain to about not receiving an instruction manual?!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      The complaints department is now closed. Please call again. 🙂
      I wish there was a manual. God knows I sure could have used one.

  4. yarnspinnerr says:

    It is almost an esoteric post. Loved reading it.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Almost. 🙂 Thanks.

  5. kirizar says:

    I liked this, but I wonder, what was the ‘supplemental chapter’ called? Metamucil for an Introspective Mind?

  6. rgayer55 says:

    Only change is certain in this age and sometimes it’s difficult to tell which of the two evils is the lesser. A lot here to make one think. Good luck with school, Steph.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thank you very much, Russell. I need all the luck I can get.

  7. Dear Stephonie,

    Everything works in theory, doesn’t it?

    You’re one tough woman. Sending you all the best for the coming school year. You have my utmost support and admiration.



    1. Honie Briggs says:

      In theory, there is no difference between theory in practice. -Yogi Berra
      Dear Rochelle,
      Your encouragement is much appreciated.

  8. Margaret says:

    I like your ideas – the instruction manuals, the nature of our choice, and the layers of meaning you’ve built into these. Very engaging.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Margaret – it is nice of you to leave such a kind comment.

  9. acflory says:

    It’s the beginning of something else. 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hip Hip Hurrah! I think :).

      1. acflory says:

        You know you’re at that glorious point where anything is possible. Embrace it!

  10. Great story! I hope your teaching and class goes well.

  11. Onward, it will fly past.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Keep them doggies rollin’! Yes, ma’am.

  12. Carrie Rubin says:

    Hang in there. Before you know it, it’ll be winter break!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I’m counting the days! 🙂

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