Amounting to Nothing

“Right, now Ted is going to show us his invention,” said physics teacher Miss Pratt.

Ted stepped awkwardly up, both arms shaking as he carried a large white box. Some of the other kids sniggered, the rest just looked on with hostile, bullying eyes.

“So what is your invention?” asked Miss Pratt.

“Nothing!” replied Ted.

“Sorry?”

“I’ve invented nothing.”

“But you’ve had over a month to…”

“No,” interjected Ted above the mocking laughs and abuse of his classmates. “I have actually invented nothing, as in nothingness. Like a real black hole.”

“So there’s nothing in your box”?

“That’s right,” Ted nodded. “You said on my last report I’d amount to nothing, so I thought I’d invent it.”

“Right,” sighed Miss Pratt. “I suppose you better open the box and let us see it then…”

Newsflash: Reports are coming in that an entire school has completely vanished into a mysterious vortex…

Amounting to Nothing

Coleman A. Riddle

London, United Kingdom

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Flash fiction written for the Flash Fiction groups challenge based on the prompt “So this is how it was invented.”

© 2011 Coleman Riddle

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