Following the lead of Fred Coppersmith at Kaleidotrope, we asked ChatGPT to write a 500 word story for Metaphorosis. It may not have understood the assignment, but it didn’t do too badly. And it did suggest that Metaphorosis is “[A] world beyond this one. … A world where the impossible is possible, and the unimaginable is real. … A world of pure imagination and boundless creativity.” with “incredible creatures and landscapes stretched out as far as the eye could see”, and that our contributors and readers possess “a vivid imagination, a passion for the creative arts, and a willingness to explore the unknown.”
As the sun set on the distant horizon, Emily made her way down the deserted streets of the city. She had always loved the quiet calm of the evenings, when the hustle and bustle of the day had subsided and the only sounds were the gentle rustling of the leaves in the trees and the occasional distant hum of a vehicle.
But tonight, something felt different. The air was charged with a strange electricity, and Emily couldn’t shake the feeling that she was being watched. She quickened her pace, her heart pounding in her chest.
As she rounded the corner, she spotted a group of people standing in the middle of the street. They were dressed in long, flowing robes and their faces were hidden behind intricate masks. Emily froze, unsure of what to do.
“Who are you?” she asked, her voice trembling.
One of the figures stepped forward, their eyes glowing eerily from behind their mask. “We are the Metaphorosis,” they said in a deep, otherworldly voice. “We have come to take you with us.”
Emily’s heart raced even faster. “Take me where?” she asked, her voice barely above a whisper.
“To a world beyond this one,” the figure replied. “A world where the impossible is possible, and the unimaginable is real. A world where the laws of physics and reality do not apply. A world of pure imagination and boundless creativity.”
Emily’s mind reeled at the thought. She had always been drawn to the fantastical and the magical, and the idea of stepping into a world where anything was possible was both terrifying and exhilarating.
“But why me?” she asked, her fear giving way to curiosity.
“Because you have been chosen,” the figure said. “You possess the qualities that we seek: a vivid imagination, a passion for the creative arts, and a willingness to explore the unknown. You have the potential to be a great contributor to our world, and we invite you to join us.”
Without hesitation, Emily took the figure’s outstretched hand and stepped forward into the unknown. As she did, the world around her shifted and transformed, and she found herself in a place unlike any she had ever seen.
The sky was a deep, inky black, speckled with a million shimmering stars. The ground beneath her feet was alive and pulsing, as if it were a living, breathing organism. And all around her, incredible creatures and landscapes stretched out as far as the eye could see.
Emily felt a sense of wonder and amazement wash over her as she took it all in. She had never felt so alive, so free, so unbounded by the constraints of the world she had known.
As she explored this new realm, she realized that she had been given a unique opportunity. She could use her imagination and creativity to shape and mold this world, to bring her wildest dreams and ideas to life. She could create art and beauty in a way that she had never been able to before.
And so, with a sense of excitement and purpose, Emily set off to discover all that this new world had to offer. She knew that she would face challenges and obstacles along the way, but she was determined to make the most of her time in this magical realm, and to leave a lasting mark on the world of the Metaphorosis.