Urban Volcano

Fiction by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Flash fiction

The body that cried

The body that cried — Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
Illustration by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

Robert felt a slight pain in the chest and a shortness of breath. Was it the heart? No, the pain was on the right side but the heart on the left. Or did that matter? He felt his heart beat faster. Was it really physical pain? Or was it psychological? A panic-attack? Was it muscular or musculoskeletal? Or something in-between?

Robert took a deep breath, looked out through the window and fixed his eyes on the distant mountains. The pain faded, his breathing stabilized and his heart returned to its normal beat.

Robert knew that listening to one’s body is an important part of preventive medicine. He just wished that it could be more articulate about what it wanted to say.

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.