500 Word Short Story
Deja Vu
Scott A. Gese

500 Word Short Story

It started innocently enough. Just a small incident of deja vu. That feeling of having already experienced the present situation. Marvin Walters didn't think much of it. After all, most people had experienced it at least once in their lives. It only became an annoyance when it started happening several times a day.

After a couple of weeks he was having the experience almost every hour. He felt like he was living two lives, one right after the other. It was now becoming more than annoying. He was concerned for his health. Maybe he had a nervous disorder, or worse, maybe a brain tumor.

Marvin made an appointment with his doctor. It would be two weeks before he could get in. He would just have to make the best of things until then.

During the next week unexpected things began to happen. One day he was out in the desert looking for arrowheads. He found a nice black obsidian one. When he picked it up, he immediately went into a trance type state. He could see the history of this arrowhead. He saw a young Indian brave sitting in front of his teepee chipping away at the rock he now held. He saw the arrowhead lashed onto a wood shaft. The arrow flying through the air and striking the dirt just behind a jackrabbit. The young brave let the arrow lay. He would only reuse the ones that hit their target.

Marvin was confused. He didn't know what to make of this new experience. He dropped the arrowhead to the ground, walked back to his car and drove home. Not only was Marvin confused, he was also curious. He wanted to know if the episode with the arrowhead was a fluke or if there was actually something happening to his mind.

To find out he tried an experiment. There was an antique paperweight sitting on his coffee table. He picked it up and looked at it closely. Suddenly, he could see a woman of means picking it off a shelf in a crystal shop. He could see the paperweight adorning the office desk of her husband as he read the stock tape from an old style ticker tape machine.

Marvin set the paperweight down easily and leaned back in his chair. He needed to give this thing some thought. He decided to share this experience with his good friend. She came right over. When she entered the house, they hugged. Marvin suddenly had a premonition about his friend.

“Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize you've had a death in your family. Give my condolences to your mother.”

“How did you know my Aunt passed away this morning?”

Marvin explained what had been happening to him lately.


When Marvin's doctor entered the exam room, they shook hands. It was an awkward moment, but Marvin excused himself and left. He didn't have the heart to tell the man he would be dead from a massive stroke within the hour.

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