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Holiday Microfiction: “Scientific Romances” by Richard Marpole

Happy December everyone! It’s been a long year, but we finally made it to the end of 2020!

To celebrate the holiday season the staff at Fantasy-Faction have prepared a little treat! Every Monday and Friday for the rest of the month, we will feature a piece of microfiction from one of our contributors.

To kick it off today, we have Richard Marpole and is his very microfiction piece, “Scientific Romances”.

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Circuit Board by Michael Dziedzic (detail)

“Scientific Romances”

by Richard Marpole


Sweetheart, last night I told the stars above that you were my one true love.

The stars, being massive balls of exploding hydrogen many, many millions of miles away, did not comment on this information.


My darling. I’m writing you to beg you to be careful with my heart.

The surgery is tomorrow, and I know how nervous you are about operating on someone you’re in a relationship with.


It’s okay honey. Don’t cry. Just take my hand and everything will be ok.

You’ll need it to bypass the fingerprint scanner on the bunker. You can hide there while I hold them off.


Baby. Yesterday you came to see me.

When I opened the door and our eyes met, your face lit up.

It made me realise something that I’ve been trying to deny for so long now.

You’re a robot infiltrator sent to destroy me!

I have fled the country and taken a new name. You’ll never find me, you laser-eyed, metal fiend!

P.S. We will always have Paris.

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Thanks to Richard for sharing this story with us! And thanks to you, reader, for reading it! 🙂

Stay tuned for more microfiction and some other fun surprises later in the month!

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Heart Book with Lights by Theo Crazzolara (with words sm)

Title image by Michael Dziedzic.



  1. […] has published the 1st micro-fiction piece, Scientific Romances, by Richard Marpole. It’s a fun little story and I encourage you to check it out for […]

  2. Avatar S. H. Paulus says:

    I was not expecting that!

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