Weltchys Notebook

Part Time Writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Hopefully a blog for Stories, both Long and Short

A Matter of Perspective


Hi Folks, time for another hundred word(ish) submission to the Friday Fictioneers.

Photo prompt this week is courtesy of Erin Leary.

As always, comments are appreciated. I will try to read everyone’s submission, but with submissions reaching triple digits each week, it’s difficult to get round to everyone. Therefore, I try to read those who I follow, or who like / comment my story. I also hit a random selection from the list. You know know what gems you will find.

Finally, a short word on the weekly challenge. The Friday Fictioneers are a friendly group of online writers from all over the globe who endeavour to create short but fantastical tales with which to enthral and inspire both reader and writer alike. The genres and styles of writing are varied, so there’s something for everyone to be found within its midst.

PHOTO PROMPT - © Erin Leary

PHOTO PROMPT – © Erin Leary

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A Matter of Perspective


The answer was subtle yet complex. Driven to comprehend Richard’s answer, I pressed, reiterating a question asked by many through time immemorial.

‘What colour is the dress?’

Richard laughed. ‘It depends on your perspective. All I see is mushroom.’

The dress in question lay behind a security field, allowing the public to view one of the great war’s few remaining artefacts. A period of turmoil, the war had turned cultures inside out as questions of race and religion were stripped bare to reveal the underlying truth; not that it mattered to a dress centuries old. To the dress, history was simply white and gold, a contrast to the black and blue that humankind perceived.


Author: Weltchysnotebook

Part Time writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy, both long and short!

39 thoughts on “A Matter of Perspective

  1. Well written, and nice use of a topical reference 🙂

  2. And, really?, who cares what color the dress is? I like your take. If it were a historical dress – maybe I would care.

    • I tried to wrap a deeper meaning into this story whilst borrowing a topical subject – admittedly a fairly frivolous one. The Great War, race and religion bit is a reference to the current troubles in Ukraine, Syria and Somalia – people use race and religion as an excuse, when the truth is that some people enjoy cruelty and conflict. The black and blue uses the topical subject of the dress but also refers to our violent history. Finally, the mushroom colour doubles as a cloud and carries with it a nuclear warning toward the future should the current troubles escalate to a “Great War”. Hope I didn’t come across too heavy. Regardless, thank you for stopping by.

  3. Heavy with sub-text. It’s a piece that bears a few readings to get the real impact. Well done.

  4. Dear Weltchy,

    Great social commentary on the ridiculous. I agree with Alicia. I’ve only given the whole dress mishegass a passing glance. Love your take.



  5. Dear Weltchy,

    I thought your weaving a story around the subject of the dress was inspired and well written. Layering a hundred word piece is a lot harder than it looks at first glance. Good job pushing the envelope.



  6. Great use of topicality (frivolous indeed). Your piece and comments led me to the so sad stories around the damage/destruction to sacred sites and millennia-old treasures in today’s war-torn middle east countries.

    • Thank you Patrick. A number of quotes spring to mind. Firstly, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. And then, all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

  7. A sad commentary on the human race. I admire the way you skillfully wove the layers in this creation, Weltchy.

  8. Nice use of the recent “dress colour” internet thing to make a very valid comment on the human race.

  9. Topical and fun – that’s a great combination!

  10. this is deep. oftentimes we’re led to believe but we wanted to see.

  11. There are as many layers to your story as there are people decided what colors that stupid dress is. I only saw a photo of it by accident and don’t get the fuss. Your story’s much better. 🙂


  12. It IS all about perspective. I’ve said this many times and i just love it when I am right 😉

  13. Haha! Clever play on current events. Though hopefully the feud over “the dress” won’t escalate that much. Nice story!

  14. Loved, loved, love this story!!! So funny–a great satire on the whole “dress” issue. I think this is the best humor I’ve read in a while. But it’s also insightful on so many levels…how we see color, how we don’t see others’ viewpoints and cultures as valid, how we take our colorful, beautiful world and use its vast diversity to keep people apart….

  15. All I can say is: oy!
    and that;’s a gold and blur “oy”!

  16. Hi Randy. Thanks for reading. Excuse my ignorance but not sure what you mean by “Oy”?

  17. Oh .. this is just splendid.. the last sentence just wraps it up perfectly.

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