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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Flat (01/03/13)

TITLE: Six and Three Quarters
By Joe Moreland


Nicholas Stern thought of his Dad as “The Question Man” because he always had an answer, no matter what question you asked. There wasn't anything Nicky's Dad didn't know. So it was natural that he came to him one day after school for some answers.

“Dad?” Nicky asked his father as he was bent over in the yard, pulling weeds.

“Yes?” It actually came out more as a grunt, but it sounded like “yes” to Nicky.

“If the world is round, why don't we all fall off of it?”

Nicky's father sat back on his heels and peered intently at his son, as though he was trying to make a decision.

“How old are you, again?” He asked Nicky.

Nicky puffed out his chest and said proudly, “I'm six...and three quarters.”

“Six and three quarters, eh?”

Nicky nodded.

“Six and three quarters...” His dad peered left and right, checking to make sure no one was watching. After scouting out that they were truly alone, he crooked a finger for Nicky to come closer. Carefully, the boy moved up.

“Well,” his father whispered, “if you're six and three quarters, I guess it's time you knew the truth. BUT,” again his father took a furtive look around, “you did NOT hear this from me. You understand?”

Nicky nodded his head excitedly. He couldn't believe it, he was about to hear a grown-up secret!

“The reason people don't fall off the world is because it isn't really round at all. The world is flat.”

Nicky was confused. The world wasn't round? “But I have a globe, and it's round.”

“Exactly!” His father blurted as though Nicky had uttered something profound.

“I don't get it. The globe is round.”


“So the earth is round?”

“Nope. The earth is flat. The globe is round because it's a globe and globes are round.”

“But then why do they teach in school that the world is round?”

Again his father looked around very carefully. “Because the globe-makers won the election.”


Nicky's father sat back with an exasperated sigh. “Don't you get it Nicky? The globe makers won the election. They are in control and the people in control get to make the school lessons.”

“But why would they say the world is round if it's not?”

“Think about it son, they make a living selling GLOBES.”

Obviously seeing the confusion written on Nicky's face, his Dad tried again.

“Let's examine the facts. What do you see over there?” He asked pointing.

“A tree?”

“Exactly. Good. Now,” he pointed again, “what do you see over there?”

Nicky squinted, this one was much further away. “Another tree?”

“Right! Now, if the world was round, don't you think that other tree would be lower, and you'd only be able to see the top of it?”

“I don't know.”

“Try it with your globe sometime. Use those GI-Joes I got you. You'll see when you put them on different parts and then look over the top, one will always be lower than the other, because one is always going to be downhill from the other.”

Now Nicky's father turned the other direction and pointed to the field that ran behind their yard. “Look as far as you can see, Nicky.”

“Okay.” Nicky looked as far as he could.

“What do you see?”


“Exactly!” His father fairly yelled in excitement.


“It's what you don't see that's important, Nicky.”

“What don't I see?”

“A curve.”

Nicky's eyes opened wide in understanding. His father was right. He didn't see a curve. He should see a curve, right?

“Ever heard of the saying 'The Four Corners of the Earth'” His father continued. “How could something round have corners? And you said it yourself, if the world was round we'd all fall right off.”

Nicky understood now. His father had really opened his eyes to the lie. “Thanks Dad. You're the best!”

His father smiled at him. “You're welcome, son. You deserve the truth,” and, with that, he went back to pulling weeds.

Nicky ran into the house excitedly, letting the door slam behind him, he was in such a hurry. A few moments later the door flew open again and Nicky's voice yelled out to his father.

“Daaad! Mom wants to talk to you!”

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Carolyn Ancell01/10/13
This was too much fun to read. Leaves it to the imagination what happens next.
Bonnie Bowden 01/11/13
I so appreciated the character development and dialogue in this story. Especially, the age of the child being six and three quarters and not just six.
Ellen Carr 01/12/13
Indeed Mom would have something to say to this Dad! A great little story. Well done.
Sarah Elisabeth 01/12/13
Perfect ending :-)
lynn gipson 01/12/13
hahaha....this is so cute and entertaining and the I loved the ending. I found myself getting mad at the father, but he got his comeuppance! Thank you. Very well done.
Danielle King 01/12/13
When I was nearing the end of this engaging and well written tale, I couldn't fathom how you'd have enough words left to get out of it. But your last line was absolutely perfect. Great job.
Noel Mitaxa 01/12/13
Loved the conversation details, especially with the the anticipation building up in the boy's mind.
Can't wait to see chapter two if this story. There will be asequel won't there?
Bea Edwards 01/13/13
Endearing and lively entry. Thoroughly enjoyed its progression to the climatic 'mom wants to talk to you' hehehe
Eddie Snipes01/14/13
Ah, the joys of fatherhood. He reminds me of my grandfather.
C D Swanson 01/15/13
Intriguing, delightfully entertaining and absolutely on topic. Thanks!

God bless~
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/17/13
I love this delightful story! Congratulations on EC. I can't help thinking you might be just like that dad!
Michael Throne01/17/13
Great story. I loved the flow of the dialogue and the idea of bringing the election into it. Very entertaining, and a perfect ending.
Danielle King 01/17/13
Congratulations Joe. I loved this enry.
Leola Ogle 01/17/13
Congrats Joe! Great job! God bless!