Short story: The Teacher

The pavements and plazas always swarmed with tourists – camera phones plugged into their faces, so that Edward named them ‘Pac-a-mac Cyborgs’.

On days when he saw knowledge light up one of his student’s faces, Edward walked around the backs of the picture-takers and didn’t huff at the crowds shuffling slowly past the monuments and sculptures. But other times, when his class had grasped nothing, Edward got a bitter delight in stopping to blow his nose, or pick at his teeth in between the photographers and their subjects.

Edward had already forgotten that he too had once been a tourist.


I’ve been ill this week so I’m a bit late with my story. But on Saturday I managed to meet my mother in London for a celebration of her 70th birthday. I walked from Waterloo to Victoria, past Westminster Abbey, and the number of tourists helped with some much needed inspiration.

This piece of writing is part of the Friday Fictioneers writing group. Each week writers from around the world attempt to write 100 words (or so) starting with a picture, this week from David Stewart.

I’d love to receive comments and constructive criticism. Click here to read other people’s stories inspired by this picture or to join in, with the group hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields.


20 thoughts on “Short story: The Teacher

  1. Claire, glad you feeling better and that you were able to celebrate your mom’s birthday with her. Congratulations to her. As for Edward (and many of us), it’s easy to remember that when we go anywhere except our home area/s, we are, in at least some sense, tourists. I sometimes have to remind myself that tourist attractions are called that for a reason–they’re things/places that attract people who are touring. If I’m not ready to deal with the crowds, I go elsewhere.

    I like the image of the people having their camera phones plugged into their faces.



  2. aha. well done. very sharp. in this line: “…one of his students’ faces, ” i think it should be student’s instead because you are referring to only one student.


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