Brain Sketch #8

Abhineet Agarwal
Upside Down
Published in
Nov 22, 2023

Fantastical stories in 100 words.

“The Shell” by Helen Lundeberg (1951)

John woke up with a bellyache that just refused to go away. He went to the doctor, tried all sorts of home remedies and medicines — but nothing seemed to work. In fact, some just made it even worse. Eventually, the doctor recommended an X-Ray. The reports revealed that a keyboard was lodged inside his stomach. Everyone was baffled. The instrument was small, fitting inside his stomach quite cosily. No one, including John, knew how it had gotten there. He explicitly kept on saying that he hadn’t eaten a keyboard — and everyone believed him, for, of course, doing so was impossible.