Urban Volcano

Fiction by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Flash fiction

Nodding heads

Nodding heads — Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

By the coffee machine I met a man. We nodded our heads as to acknowledge each other’s existence. We had ran into one another quite regularly over the past couple of weeks and always greeted with a nod.

I knew I had spoken to this man at some point. However, I could not for the love of an atheist superhuman remember where it had taken place, when, or who the man was.

We stared at the ceiling in an awkward silence while the machine poured hot black liquid into his cup.

“Goodbye,” he said when his cup was full.

“Goodbye,” I replied, placing my cup under the faucet and pressing the espresso button.

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.