Rina stared at the empty file cover incredulously.
Where were the papers she had hurriedly stuffed into the file this morning before leaving home?
She struggled to come to terms with the fact that she had just blown her very first chance to be published, today being the last day submissions were being accepted.
A month later, flipping dispiritedly through the pages of the college magazine Rina was amazed to find her article published, just as she had wished and hoped for.
The catch was that the author named was her arch rival in class.
He had once been a teacher, a writer, an editor, and a lot more, but now they called him the Mad Professor.
All he did these days was sit at his desk in his room and feverishly fill page after page with indecipherable squiggles.
No one knew why, or what his scribbles meant, but they let him do as he wished as otherwise he got cranky and threw things around.
One fine day morning they found his room cleared of all paper, and the professor himself missing.
No one gave a thought to the story told by a small boy from the village that he had seen a man being led by short and dark creature with bulbous eyes, through an opening in a huge round and shiny object, which then rose into the sky.
©Shail Mohan 2014
What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week Lillie McFerrin posts a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate can write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in the five sentences, and is just for direction. This week: PAGES.