The Pioneer | Microfiction

Surgeons illustration - "The Pioneer" microfiction

It was certainly the weirdest surgery the doctor had ever performed, but it marked her as a pioneer in her industry. Plus, her fee was enough for a down payment on a sprawling mansion in the Hollywood Hills. For that kind of money, she wouldn’t ask questions – she’d just do her job.

But as she completed the patient’s final check-up before discharge, curiosity got the better of her.


The patient smiled. ‘I’m emigrating to England. I’ve heard the weather’s awful.’

And that’s how the doctor became the first person to surgically attach an umbrella into a person’s skull.

Photo prompt - umbrellas suspended in the air
Photo by Dale Rogerson

This story was inspired by the above photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers, a weekly writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. You can read more stories inspired by the photo, or add your own stories, here.

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