On a rain soaked street, far from lampposts and shoulders, a car sat parked, the driver’s tires straddling the side of the road. Rounding a blind curve, Stella never saw the other car blocking her lane.
In that moment the universe split, radiating out like a spiderweb. Each new world held a version of the encounter. In one, a collision was averted. In another, a wreck damaged both cars but the occupants survived. In yet a third the driver in the parked car died, in the fourth Stella did.
Maintaining simultaneous awareness in each world, Stella finally understood quantum theory.
The 100 Word Challenge, a writing prompt created by Velvet Verbosity, takes a single theme to tell a story in only 100 words ~ no more, no less. This week’s theme is ‘Split.’