The English Lit Class

For Friday Fictioneers

Image copyright: Douglas M. MacIlroy

Image copyright: Douglas M. MacIlroy

“Now,” said Gregory’s teacher, “Our next book is The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, a Czechoslovakian writer. Originally written in German about a hundred years ago, it’s the story of a travelling salesman who one day wakes up and finds he has turned into a large insect.”

The class erupted into a cacophony of sundry tweets, whistles, chirps and trills. No fewer than three of the class stormed around the room flapping imaginary wings and buzzing their classmates.

“How absurd, what a joke,” they all said to themselves.

The next morning Gregory awoke, looked at himself in the mirror, and screamed.

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26 Responses to The English Lit Class

  1. Sarah Ann says:

    Love the layers in this – I’m not sure what’s dream and what’s real now – but I’m screaming along with Gregory.

  2. Humorous and well-written story. Won’t his teacher be surprised, unless she put the curse on him. 🙂 I wonder what happened to the rest of the class who thought it was funny. 🙂

  3. Good one, Patrick. Don’t mock Kafka! Nice riff on the photo.


  4. Had to have another look at the photo, but yes I can see it now. Good vision!

  5. Yuck! Reminds me of the movie The Fly. Well done.

  6. atrm61 says:

    Yikes!Never make fun of Kafka or for that matter any author’s imagination,eh? 😉 A very creative take on the prompt Patrick 🙂

  7. Dear Patrick,

    Did Gregory scream or merely buzz? Frighteningly funny.



  8. elappleby says:

    Very good – perfect set up and perfect ending (Metamorphosis is one of my favourites so I may be a little biased 🙂 )

  9. subroto says:

    Ha ha and Gregory suffers the fate of Gregor 🙂

  10. And so, it all begins again with Gregory, I guess. 🙂

  11. Sun says:

    i love what you’ve done here, Patrick! poor Gregory…bet he’ll empathize quickly with Gregor. 🙂

  12. Taygibay says:

    Ah! Imagination! At least, let’s hope for Gregory’s sake? 😉 In any case, small erratum : metamorphOsis? Tay.

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