Time – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant always behave sensibly
This may come as a bit of a shock
He likes to let his hair down
Go out on the town
AnElephant rocks around the clock

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
Timekeeper Rochelle watches while ticking tale-tellers create a minute masterpiece in 100 words.
And ABelatedElephant tries not to be second best.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy


They are afraid to execute me.
The law says they must, but these petty fools are in awe of my power.
So I have to spend eternity sealed in here, with no sustenance, no water, no air.
I am the greatest sorcerer in the land.
The others trapped me with their combined magic.
But, as they squabble for the crumbs, I am eliminating them one by one.
And now I can walk free whenever I choose.
In the meantime I have been amusing myself.
In the king’s palace they have just started to notice.
I know how to melt time.

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19 Responses to Time – Friday Fictioneers

  1. He must have Read Dali’s mind. What a great story!


  2. Ah, sweet vengeance. My hearty congratulations to a top-notch wizard!
    I love your imaginative take on this picture prompt. It’s interesting that you’ve focused on the clock (time), as I hardly noticed it compared to the other items in the picture, so it’s good to have it drawn into focus with your masterful words.


  3. Margaret says:

    Fantastic. I just loved that clock, but I couldn’t manage to weave it into my story. You’ve done it brilliantly. I want a clock like that.


  4. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Elephant – you are so clever with “melting time”. So clever with the prompt. Love it. Nan


  5. Wow, that’s amazing. This is really my kind of story. If you ever write a novel based on this idea, let me know; I’d buy it. 🙂


  6. Good one. I enjoyed reading it!


  7. Great sorcerer, biding his time – or rather, melting his time which sounds like a lot more fun 🙂


  8. He sounds quote evil. Not executing him will probably be regretted.


  9. Melting time is excellent. Very visual. I agree with Wildbilbo, it is quite Dali-esque and the melting clock.


  10. storydivamg says:

    Hmmm . . . melting time. I’m not sure how that relates to the leftover crumbs or the eventual escape from prison, but then again, here I am reading this in linear time. Have fun over there in the 5th dimension!



  11. This flows beautifully. Well done.


  12. wildbilbo says:

    Melting time is a great hook right there at the end – I didn’t write about the clock, but your poem definitely put me in mind of Dali & his ‘persistence of memory’.


  13. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear AEC,

    Kudos for your last line. Reminds me of Timothy Leary…




  14. i b arora says:

    you can melt time? how come?


  15. Sandra says:

    Terrific last line. Well done.


  16. “I know how to melt time.” That is a great last line.


  17. P.S. Joshi says:

    Elephant, Scary and magical tale. O_o What a creative idea–melting time. Well written. 🙂 — Susan


  18. Dear Elephant,

    The Jim Croce song Time in a Bottle comes to mind with this story. I think this sorcerer is onto something. Nicely done.




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