Wizard – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
This may come as a surprise to my reader, but I spent a large part of my life in IT, and met one or two ‘wizards’ along the way.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.
Below is an example of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes


I see the other parents looking at me when I go to pick up my son from school.
I usually dress down, but I have come straight from a meeting.
I am wearing a Kiton suit, which costs more than most of their cars.
I am driving the Lamborghini, which costs more than most of their houses.
As I watch the kids explode through the doorways in little bundles of shrieking hyperactive joy, I remember this is where it started, just a few years ago.
I am an IT wizard with a background in Chemical Engineering, so once I had the idea the rest was relatively straightforward.
When I took my prototype to Big Oil, they went crazy bidding for my process so they could bury it forever.
None of their analysts discovered my energy source, of course.
They don’t think the way I do.
They probably have a few scruples too, which would prevent mass production.
For my demos, I only needed to extract the life force from a handful of street kids.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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24 Responses to Wizard – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. justmaria says:

    Lovely story and inspiring too.🙂


  2. A wizard with words and disguises!


  3. Dave says:

    Ah, if only it were so. We’ve got a few neighborhood brats I’d happily volunteer for the process!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Donna says:

    Nothing like a little life force sucking to make it all come together


  5. Dale says:

    Like draining the life force from a Podling… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w7zFfMr_Dc

    Liked by 1 person

  6. angietrafford says:

    Very clever idea, with a very good ending🙂 I love it!


  7. Al says:

    Yowch! Dat ending! Absolutely brilliant


  8. Reblogged this on anelephantcant and commented:
    AnElephantCant be a porcupine
    A kangaroo a shark or a lizard
    Or a cat or a bat
    But with a big pointy hat
    AnElephant can pretend that he is a wizard

    Liked by 1 person

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