Photo by: Al Forbes

Atlanta in 2114 differed from much of the world. It was a counter-gravity society. Cars, signs, even buildings all floated in the air, held aloft by invisible counter-gravity beams. It changed the people there in curious ways.

Talia and her husband Mark raised their son Henry in Atlanta. The couple grew up in Bismark, North Dakota, and were still adjusting to Atlanta’s peculiar society. Henry, having grown up there, never doubted anything.

When Julio went to visit cousin Talia she warned him, “Be careful. Henry is special.”

Saddened by the news, Julio resigned himself to the fact that Henry was developmentally challenged. But as the whole group rode to Talia’s home in a transit pod, apparently hovering in the air, Henry proved capable of a regular conversation. Henry didn’t seem so special. He seemed ordinary.

They stopped beside a hovering market and Henry stepped out of the pod. He walked across thin air to go inside. Julio realized he wanted ice cream and started to follow Henry. Talia grabbed his arm. “Don’t!”

“What?” said Julio. “I’m just going to follow Henry across the counter-gravity walkway.”

“There is no walkway.”


“Did I mention Henry is special?”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/sunday-photo-fiction-july-23rd-2017/

Author’s Notes:

You will never see me use the term, “Anti-Gravity.” It’s perhaps elitist of me, but that’s the way I roll. The term itself implies certain things that cannot possibly be. Think of it. If anti-gravity were possible our universe could never form stars and planets. So in my stories I always write, “counter-gravity.” Airplanes, hot air balloons, and helicopters use various forms of counter-gravity. The “effect” of gravity can be “countered” by things like aerodynamic lift (how an airplane flies), but there is no opposite (or “anti-“) of gravity. From Wiki: ” ‘Anti-gravity’ is often used colloquially to refer to devices that look as if they reverse gravity even though they operate through other means, such as lifters, which fly in the air by moving air with electromagnetic fields. ”

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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26 Responses to Special

  1. Hopefully he’s a lot nicer than the omnipotent child of the Twilight Zone!

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    • EagleAye says:

      No kidding. Hopefully, all he does is walk on air (or maybe water). And secondly, hopefully nobody tells him he can’t walk on air…while he’s doing it! 😉 Thanks much! 🙂


  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Henry is definitely special, and I’m with JHC, wondering what else he might be capable of! Your argument about counter-gravity makes perfect sense to me: consider me a convert. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Well… maybe it will be like that in 2114. Too bad none of us will be around to see that. OR it will be just like the Twilight Zone a d Robots will be running things!!! Lol

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  4. luckyjc007 says:

    It’s a good thing Julio didn’t find out the hard way…. how special Henry was …He may not have lived to tell about it! It gives a whole new meaning to the word special.

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  5. ceayr says:

    Neat story, reminds me of the old joke about the stepping stones.

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  6. James says:

    If counter-gravity ever failed during a power outage…splat for everyone except Henry.

    Liked by 1 person

    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, and don’t forget the falling buildings. It would make the Mexico City earthquakes seem like amusement park rides. Question is, how many others are “special” like Henry?

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      • James says:

        Depends on how Henry got to be so special.

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      • EagleAye says:

        Well, there’s several avenues of interpretation. In my mind, Henry grew up in a reality where things can float, seemingly unsupported, in the air. To him this is natural and normal. So great is his belief in this, that he can do it as well. It is the magic of total belief in something. I prefaced the story with the idea that this peculiar culture changed people in unusual ways. This is what I meant. So yeah, I imagine others will be like Henry.

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      • James says:

        Like how the Coyote can seemingly run on clouds while chasing the Roadrunner until he realizes it’s impossible.

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  7. JS Brand says:

    Great story. Plus thanks to ceayr for reminding me of they stepping stones joke.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Varad says:

    Well, obviously there was another pod sent from Krypton before its demise to earth. Only the pod got waylaid by inter-dimensional traffic and reached Earth a solid century and half after the first and second ones 😀
    Very cool take on the prompt and a fantastic story.

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  9. mandibelle16 says:

    Neat tale. Henry showed him eh?

    Liked by 1 person

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