by • April 3, 2019 • Flash FictionComments (0)


As a student of architecture the young man had made an unfortunate comment about the competency of Pisano for his work on Pisa’s most famous tower. As punitive instruction his professor assigned him the duty of cataloguing all of the world’s leaning towers, particularly those that foundation had begun to fail during construction and what measures their creators had taken in order to counteract this. Extra credit would be given for any additional information on towers that had crumbled.

It was during his study of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri that the student noticed something was awry. Reality itself seemed askance, as if by studying the calamities of perfection he had pushed the world off its axis.

It came as a great surprise to his disciplinarian when he arrived at the hall, carrying the papers of his research, moving forward at a normal pace, but with a four degree tilt to the right.

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