No Limits – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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No Limits

Wealthy financier Burton Holbrooke gazed at the coffin-shaped sensory derivation tank. “Dr. Tam,” he said. “This research is hardly new. What’s the payoff?”

She opened her arms. “The outer limits of the human mind.”


“Unrestricted by external senses, the human mind can alter reality itself.”

“I doubt that,” scoffed Holbrooke.

“I’ve seen things that shouldn’t be possible.”

“For instance?”

Tam pointed to the tank. “This is our most experienced VR researcher, Dr. Horst. Last we knew, he was waiting for a train in Victorian England. Since then the IR sensors stopped working. That shouldn’t be possible. We can’t see what’s happening, so for safety’s sake we’re pulling him out of VR. Curiously, he’s resisting it.”

“Is that common?”

Tam grimaced. “It’s supposed to be impossible.” She pointed. “Ah! He’s coming out.”

Dr. Horst opened the lid and stood. A woman in antique clothing stood up beside him.

“That can’t be?” gasped Tam.


“Just minutes ago, he was alone in the tank!”

Dr. Horst said, “Dr. Tam. I’d like you to meet my wife…from 1884.”
Author’s Notes:

Isolation (Sensory Deprivation) Tank:
Featured in the movie, “Altered States.”

Written for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers weekly writing challenge. Look here to see the wonderful stories other folks wrote:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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11 Responses to No Limits – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

  1. Wow! Great story! He has been reincarnated! I Love it! Thank you for participating in the FFfAW challenge Eric.

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  2. John Yeo says:

    Brilliant ~ Your thought processes are only equal to the resulting brilliance that shines through. Well written Eric ~ 🙂

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  3. Lyn says:

    Wonderful lunchtime reading. Every bit as satisfying as my Laksa soup 🙂

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  4. luckyjc007 says:

    I really like this! “The human mind can alter reality itself.” ….presents all kinds of possibilities. It would be interesting to see all the different things that people come up with.

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  5. Danny James says:

    Always like to here the story behind your stories. Fantastic!


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