The Dining Room

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The Dining room blurs your perceptions somewhat.

It does not change, for with so many occupants, how could it possibly decide what it should change to?

But it appears to you differently than it appears to others.

It is the viking halls of Valhalla, the ceiling thatched with golden shields. Or a festival held in a vast Byzantine palace. It’s that pub where you used to listen to Iron Maiden and drink lager with the lads. It’s the nightclub in which you had your first kiss. Or first… something else.

But no occupant has ever complained of any discrepency.

While you drink your microbrew and have your salt and vinegar crisps, your friend may quaff mead and eat suckling pig. The conversation may turn to stories of heroism or politically correct jokes. You may hear Whitesnake on the jukebox or a Skald reciting Grímnismál.

But it does not occur to you that this is a problem.

You see only your friends, and that they eat, drink and make merry.

You are happy, and that is all that matters.

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    the house gets more hallucinogenic!

  2. Avatar zxvasdf

    This is very clever. We are characters on the onionpaper sheaf of reality.

    I am happy, and that is all that matters.

  3. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    This reminds me of the Great Hall in Harry Potter.

    Really, everything could be like this. We all see things completely different, but because we see the same things differently, we can all identify them as the same thing. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

  4. Avatar cthulhuburger

    I really like this, and I think it fits in perfectly with the house.

    If I were to make a recommendation, I would suggest adding more examples of places the dining room could look like. Maybe your favorite diner where you would eat lunch when you had your first job, or your parents’ house when you were in college.

  5. Avatar JayDee

    Cthuluburger, I would if I could, but alas the 1024 characters were strained enough as it was. I had referenced even more exotic locations and times, but I had to make some drastic cuts to make it all fit.

  6. Avatar JayDee

    If anyone wants to sequel this story, feel free! Maybe you could even say how you (or your character) would perceive the Dining Room.


  7. Avatar Roarke

    a page out of “it is what it is” revery is always more than we recognize. Like the days of Valhalla, it’s all too short. Nice concept, clean writing.

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