Urban Volcano

Fiction by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Flash fiction


Chill — Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

The door slammed with such a noise that it woke me up. I looked at the alarm clock on the bedside table. It was six. It had thus been a dream after all.

Even if it was a relatively warm summer morning, a chill went through my body. The dream had left me uneasy. I felt like an outsider.

I took a hot shower in order to try to get rid of the chilling feeling. I shivered under the warm stream.

“You’re up early today,” my wife said as I entered the kitchen. “What’s the occasion?”

“I had a bad dream,” I said with a blatant attempt at a fake smile. “I was at work. At first, my desk was below a leaking skylight. Then it was by an exit where cold air blew in as people came and went. I was frozen to the bone. My keyboard was rusty. I wandered around the office, trying to find a better place to work. All in vain.”

“Honey, you need to start looking for a new job,” my wife said. “This one is not for you.”

Börkur is an avid storyteller with a keen eye for quirky characters, funny dialogs and vivid scenario descriptions. Much of his writing falls within the genre of realistic fiction and his stories are more often than not based on real events in the author’s life. Although the tales contain grains of truth, they are melded with fiction, making the reader curious to know the line between reality and fantasy.