Flash Fiction / Short Story – “Push The Button”

Got something a little different for you this week folks.

I wrote a piece of Flash Fiction for a competition that is purely all dialogue this time round.

Also, it is nothing to do with the Sugababes!



Push The Button (by David Ellis)

“Tell me, what do I have to do again Jeremy?”

“It’s very simple Simon, you just have to press the button.”

“I can’t.”

“Why can’t you Simon?”

“You’ve already pushed it Jeremy.”

“Have I? I’m sure I haven’t.”

“No, you definitely did Jeremy.”

“But why would I Simon? – I need you to press it at the appropriate time.”

“I saw you do it Jeremy.”

“How could you see me Simon? – Your back was turned.”

“So you do admit that you pushed it?”

“No Simon, I’m saying that if I had pushed it ,you wouldn’t have seen me do it because your back was turned.”

“Was it?”

“Yes, it was.”

“I don’t recall my back being turned but I do recall you pressing the button Jeremy.”

“Well you’re wrong, so let’s agree to disagree.”

“Fine, so….what do you want me to do?”

“Push the button Simon!”


“You didn’t push it the first time!”

“When do you want me to push it Jeremy?”

“When I tell you to do it.”

“When will that be?”

“Anytime now.”

“What if we miss the appropriate moment?”

“Then we will have to wait for the next one.”

“Can’t we just keep pressing the button until we hit the appropriate time Jeremy?”

“No, we can’t do that Simon.”

“Why not?”

“Because the button is not connected to anything, that’s why stupid!”


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