3 by Stephen Hastings-King

2 is another.
3 is made from 1 and 2.
4 is 3 which is 2 and 1 and all their modalities
5 is the current produced by 4 which is 3 and 2 and 1 and all their modalities.
6 is 1 atop then the other atop then the other then the other then the other.
7 is transcendent.

1 is another.
2 is itself and its inverse.
3 is 1 and its inverse and a mirror.
4 is 1 and its inverse a mirror and intersections of geometries.
5 is 4 as arrayed in a cube.
6 is 5 in a series.
7 is prime real estate.
8 is endless
9 is 6 reversed.
10 is 1 and another.
3 is a fragment of 8.

1 is another. A commons as a circle is the center of town.
2. The center of the center, a hole.
3. A hole is a field of possibilities.
4. It is the custom of the inhabitants to gather periodically and try to remember.
5. Because it has long been this way the men wear derbies and overcoats, the women Victorian dresses.
6. They stand together at the edge.
7. Hands folded behind them, they wait.
8. They feel the air bristle with maybes.
9. But nothing ever happens.
10. It is strange the way momentous things disappear.


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7 responses to “3 by Stephen Hastings-King

  1. grace

    Very profound & playful.
    Playfully profound, too.

    Thanks for another bit of lovely!

  2. len kuntz

    so clever. yes.

  3. Darryl P.

    Excellent invention which excites the intellect. Beautiful piece.

  4. stephen

    thanks very much for the reads and lovely comments. this piece is fun to read aloud, i think. try it.

    this has been a lovely project, 52/250.

    i think it’s had a big impact on the peculiar little fictions i make, both because of the regularity of the constraints and because it gave me the chance to get familiar with a bunch of lovely writers who make lovely things. so i’m grateful for the whole of the experience, and looking forward to whatever the next project(s) bring.

    i’m a bit sad to find it at an end…but part of the reason it was so interesting and productive to be part of was that there were constraints. so there we are.

  5. guy

    This had me thinking of the first week of my first year math class where we had to define the set of real numbers with proper mathematical rigor. I like the trajectory & ending.

  6. Michelle

    Ah. Yes, Steve — you know how I love this piece… It’s a fine way to end a remarkable run of stories. It’s fun, sad, jaunty… It moves so quickly, loops back and forth and around, creates a whole made up of fragments, and then comes to a screaming halt.

    I like this best of all:

    6. They stand together at the edge.

    I just love that part.

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