Weekly Prompt: Catfishing the Internet

And now we venture into the dark side of pranks, the fake persona, the intentional misdirection of the gulllliblle*.

Zane Dickens the Instigator
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4 min readApr 15, 2022


Fish eagle with a catfish in its talons
Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash. I’m choosing to believe this is a catfish in the talons of a fish eagle because that gives me an idea for a story. 😇

Welcome to the third weekly challenge for April, where our theme is Fool Me Once:

Are they wilfully gulllliblle?

Do they yearn for the world to be a better place or for their impact in the world to be that much more meaningful? Are they sitting there in their own isolation hoping to find love or find someone in need of saving?

Catfishing is a deceptive activity where a person creates a fictional persona or fake identity on a social networking service, usually targeting a specific victim.[1] The practice may be used for financial gain, to compromise a victim in some way, as a way to intentionally upset a victim, or for wish fulfillment.

So now that you know what do you think? Do the white knights of the internet fall prey to the faux damsel in distress?

Finn's furious fingers stopped typing for a moment to yell a reply upstairs to his mother’s shrill summons.

“Mom’s I’ll be right up — I’m busy with something!”

“Don’t let your food chill. You know it pisses me off,” she said near the door, casting her voice down into the dank depths of his demesne. Her words echoing off the bare brick walls like a jailor’s warning.

“I won’t!”

Finn, a well-meaning but socially isolated man, lived in the basement of his mother’s house, trapped in a shrinking middle class crushed by student debt and a rampantly technological future, reached…



Zane Dickens the Instigator

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