“I have completely stopped reading works of fiction,” said my colleague as the conversation moved on to the topic of reading. “I mean. What is the purpose?”

Purpose of fiction — Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

I contemplated if I should express my view that it was indeed the lack of purpose that made works of fiction so interesting and enjoyable. In the end I decided to just nod my head and smile. It was much more interesting to debate the topic with myself in my mind rather than trying to sow creative seeds in the infertile mind of my über-rational colleague.

The flash fiction story Purpose of fiction is part of the flash fiction collection Flash 52.