Write a story that formally utilizes a mathematical sequence; e.g., the Fibonacci sequence could determine the number of words in each paragraph, or start with a number and work backwards. Make sure the formula is made clear, either within the story, or before or after it.
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“Mouse!” by Michał Przywara
(This uses a triangular sequence to determine the number of words per line, and per paragraph https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangular_number. A couple of the longer lines seem to wrap as well - not clear how to resolve that with this editor.)Mouse!Inmy house.Iknow notwhence it came.Eyesbeady eyesglare a...
“American Pi” by Wendy Kaminski
"There were three..." "Point??" "...None." Silence, then: "...For what?" He sighed at her. "Did you even read the text? Fifteenth century not interesting you?" Eyes glued on her phone, she casually responded: "Nein." “Look, I can’t do ALL your homework for you. December 26 or so, Columbus' ship Santa María ran aground and was lost,” he soldiered on.“It was among… five total?”...
“Fly Me To The Moon” by Chris Campbell
“The eighth term is the seventh term plus the sixth term… The ninth term is the eighth term plus the seventh term… The tenth term is the…”“Chuck…”“…Ninth term plus the eighth term…”“Chuck… What are you doing?”“…I’m reciting Fibonacci…”“Fibber what?”“Fibonacci. You know, the thirteenth-century Italian mathematician.”“We’re in the middle of a countdown, here, Chuck… Is that really relevant?”“Well, I’m reciting his famous sequence of numbers…”“…Why?”“Because his sequence o...
“The Ineffable Silence of Blood” by Delbert Griffith
In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers, commonly denoted Fn , form a sequence, the Fibonacci sequence, in which each number is the sum of the two preceding ones. The sequence commonly starts from 0 and 1, although some authors start the sequence from 1 and 1 or sometimes (as did Fibonacci) from 1 and...
“The Insanity of Pi” by Erica Dorsey
You like Pi? Point. Me? I really hate pie. Alot. Because pie is really freaking disgusting! Do you want to know why I hate it? Hard Crust. It’s just such a dramatic pastry! Okay, it’s not really dramatic. I’m being dramatic. I just really hate
“The Final Countdown” by Staci Troilo
Ten years didn’t seem like a lot; not when it came to important things. By “important,” Sadie didn’t mean school or work or even a hobby-turned-addiction. God knew she’d logged countless hours with her nose in a textbook when she was in college, and more still tapping away at the crappy laptop her boss had placed in her cubicle. Despite her husband’s comments to the contrary, knitting was not an obsession. It gave her id...
“Brackets” by Madeline McKenzie
x = (Don’t do what I did)^2(My child self, my old self, my not-this self, cried too much. )^2(I am trying to manifest some guidance from the universe.)^2(My therapist says I have a problem with rumination)^2(I am supposed to be giving you advice)^2(I have an idea)^2(Have you ever thought of the way brackets are used?)^2(Let me know if you’d be interested in spending a bit of time together)^2***Don’t do what I did. Don’t leave the spilled syrup on the counter and tel...
“Ghost” by Rune Gray
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377Oh.No.Something's wrong.It's all wrongThat woman shouldn't be dead.My finger should not have pulled that trigger.I had panicked. I didn't know what to do. She was yelling and-I took a deep breath, smoothing my skirt. Blood caked to the thin fabric, already dried. The pavement welcomed the woman.No one saw me, I knew that. It w...
“View from the Edge of the Circle” by Sonja Wallace
It sat in the center of the room, alone. Dara stood exactly 10 meters from it. She tilted her head to the right, then to the left to gather more information from the surface of the thing. There were details from her point-of-view that she was sure the others couldn’t see from their positions dotting the invisible circle that they formed. No one was allowed to move from their spots along the perimeter during init...
“The Golden Child” by Kayla Woods
0. Birth. Breath. I am. My mother cried. My father was not present. She always told me we didn’t need him. One and one makes two, which is a part of the Fibonacci sequence. The next part is two and one makes three, which we lost. The very beginning is zero and one makes one. Everyone likes to forget that part because zero is too hard to conceptualiz...
“to fight with god” by Keri Dyck
why did you leave me here? god, i miss you why do i miss you? i thought i could do this i thought i was fine with me but now you’re gone and i don’t know don’t know what to do; you were my all i was wrapped up in what you said of me can’t you see that what i’ve done was all for you? my time...
“No Time to Gloat” by Douglas W. Carr
“It’s a game and it’s just for fun. We each ask a question or make a statement in response to the other’s question or statement and each response must contain one additional word than the previous response. If that makes sense let’s begin, I’ll start.” “How?” “How what?” “How could you?”
“Pythagorean Love” by Adam Young
a2 + b2 = c2 The unbroken connection between two lives that intersect, despite the fact that their ways of being human flow at opposing right angles to one another, is love. I could not be more different from her. Sure, we have a lot in common when you consider our Oklahoma upbringing, the churches we attended, the families we came from, the mid-western college where we were both educate...
“Triskaidekaphobia” by Marissa Yates
Composer Arnold Schoenberg was infamously terrified of the number 13. Born on September 13, 1874, he couldn’t escape the fear that the cursed number bookmarking his life would ultimately doom him. His fear is said to be the reason for the misspelling of one of his operas, Moses und Aron, because when correctly spelled, the title comprised 13 letters. The musician spent his life haunted by every possible var...
“Belinda's Journey to the Ones” by Sally Jupe
I am an engineer and teacher of science and math, so this prompt really spoke to me. The form my story takes is inspired firstly by Pascal's Triangle: Pascal's Triangle is a triangular array of numbers named after the French mathematician Blaise Pascal, who studied its properties in the 17th century. It is created by starting with a row containing the number 1, and then co...
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