Inspired by Life (2013) Season 2 Episode 21 and the tragedies of Orlando, FL in 2016 and Aurora, CO in 2012. This is a work of fiction.
Flash Fiction Day 2016
Part 2: One plus one equals 1
The professor strides to the front of the room as the class volume lowers to a low hum. He scribbles “Professor Halmen” on the white board before turning to address the students.
“Good morning, class. As you can see, my name is Professor Halmen. In case you stumbled into the wrong classroom, this is GSNI 101 – Introduction to Culture and Diversity…”
Three students pack up their laptops and slink out the door. Professor Halmen watches them go, eyebrow raised.
“Yep, always a few of them every year… Now that we’ve gotten that out the way, the core concept for today is-”
Turning to the white board, Professor Halmen picks a blue marker and writes:
ONE + ONE = ONE.