“Roberta’s Goal” / A Memorable Fancy #326

     Roberta practices standing on her bathroom scale and, through determined willpower, attempts to levitate a fraction of an inch toward the ceiling. She strains, sweats with effort, gradually changes the display from 125 pounds to 124, then 123. Her cellphone rings. Suddenly distracted, the scale jumps back to 125.

     By the following week, however, Roberta manages to achieve 122 and hold her body at that weight for almost a second. Encouraged, over the next few months she gets the scale to read as little as 98 lbs.

     With intense practice over the following year, and a degree of dedication that costs her most of her negligible social life, she manages for a brief instant to float some tiny distance completely above the scale, which jostles itself to the exactitude of zero, then weighs her again as the fractional second passes. It now reads 87 pounds. Roberta finds the event very satisfactory because it proves that she can, although in a very limited way, levitate.

     Among themselves, Roberta’s office mates utter such words as “gaunt,” “spectral,” and “cadaverous.” Roberta notices the concern on their faces, but she has not yet confided to them that she can levitate. Soon, she thinks, she will have so much proof that they will have to believe her. Her next goal is 81 pounds. She hopes to reach that goal in two weeks by concentrating very hard, and watching her diet. Three weeks at most.

<END> … See www.terencekuch.net for a profile of the author, publications, reviews, etc. His speculative fiction novels * may be purchased in paperback or Kindle formats via his Amazon author page, www.amazon.com/author/terencekuch

Review copies are available from the author at terencekuch /a/t/ ymail.com for:

    *The Seventh Effect: a thriller from Melange Publications about a new kind of bioterrorist plot against the USA.

    *See/Saw: a literary adventure from Ink Smith Publications about implanting memories – then the North Koreans figure out how to do it.

 00 Seventh Effect front cover small image

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