In third grade my teacher told us that each of us had the power to change the world. More importantly she told us that we changed the world every day without even knowing it. Every little thing changes the world. Picking a flower. Stepping on an ant. Dropping an ice cream cone. Each event changes the world in tiny ways that may end up being part of a big reaction.
The recess bell rang. The ground was wet from rain the night before. I saw a mud puddle and jumped into it splashing water and mud all over the place. “Bang!” I said, “I just changed the world!”
Earlier tonight, I was out of beer and the store was a longer walk than the bar. So I went to the bar. I selected a seat that had a bad view of the television because I couldn’t care less about sports. Not that it mattered. It was a playoff game and every touchdown would send the whole bar into an uproar. When they won, everybody cheered. And then there was me, quietly drinking my IPA. I looked across the bar at you, the only other person not screaming their head off in celebration.
And then you smiled at me. Bang. You just changed the world.
Words by Jack Cameron
Illustration by Ossaín Ávila Cárdenas
About 15 Minute Stories
It’s good for writers to write every day, but it’s easy for life to get in the way of that. One solution I read about recently was to write a 15 minute piece of short fiction every single day for a month. You may not have time to do NaNoWriMo every month, but if you like writing, you can always find 15 minutes.
So for the month of January, I’ll be writing and posting pieces of very short fiction that I took 15 minutes to write. I’ve asked that my friend, Ossaín Ávila Cárdenas join me by taking 15 minutes to draw an accompanying image for each story. Ossaín is one of the owners of a local zine shop in Tacoma called The Nearsighted Narwhal.