Our instructions for this Sunday’s writing prompt:

“In George Orwell’s 1984 there is a statement along the lines of:

“Not only did Winston believe two plus two equalled five, he loved it.”

The nature of the novel is to have us reflect on what it is we are told and how any government might be able to control the truth. The notion of, if you are told something often enough it might then be true.

We live in a world of ‘fake’ news, lies and ‘alternate’ facts.

This week write about the improbable, how we can be manipulated by the information we are subjected to.

You could reflect on the current world situation.

You could construct a totally fictitious tale.

Let the prompt lead you and have fun.”


“You know,” he said, passing me the joint, “all fact is fiction.”

I breathed in deeply, held, then expelled in a gush of smoky air. “So, then, all fiction is fact?”

“Sure,” he nodded, sucking in the last hit. “What’s the realest thing you can think of?”

“Lust,” I answered, sidling closer and running my hand over his the crotch of his jeans.

He shook his head, ignoring my exploring fingers. “Lust is merely a government conspiracy to ensure the creation of a proletariat pool of McD employees and leaf blower-bearers, as well as the profligation of some “other” group to hate and blame everything on.”

Feeling the heat radiating from his body, “Condoms, then.”

“Merely a prophylactic against the truth.”

“So what is the realest thing,” I asked, wrapping my arms around him.

“You,” he said, turning his face towards mine, lips brushing my cheek, “and me.”

my take on mmlm Sunday writing prompt (which was inspired by George Orwell’s 1984): truth and lies

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