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catapultTrapped. The room was empty except for a catapult. Such an odd thing to find in a room with no windows and a door in the ceiling. The whole thing seemed upside down to me, or maybe sideways (vertigo was confusing my sense of direction). The only way out was through that door. Luckily it was open, even if too high to reach.

After some quick long division in my head, I figured I could prop the catapult against one wall and it would sling me right through the open door. Three, two, one.

Ouch. Off by “this” much.


[The above is in response to a Microfiction prompt: Write a 100 word or less story or poem about someone trapped in a room. Something must be upside down or sideways within the room. Include the word division.]

David J. Kent is the author of Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America, due out in late July 2017. His previous books include Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (2013) and Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World (2016) (both Fall River Press) and two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate.