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A choice (Friday Fictioneers)

September 13, 2018

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll


No one knew how it got there.

One evening it was not there, the following morning it was. Mother called it an eyesore. Father attempted to remove it with a hammer. The cuckoo clock withstood every blow.

I didn’t tell them what I saw that night.

Little bodies with pointy hats and wooden shoes, carrying tiny pieces of wood. Or that I’d heard high-pitch voices and smelt honey and fresh cut grass. Or that one spied me hiding on the stairs.

“Shhhhh,” it said. “When the clock chimes, the door will open.”

“What happens then?”

It winked. “Up to you.”



This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word Count: 100


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  1. A portal – go girl.

  2. Brilliant opening and closing lines (and pretty good in between too!). Loved reading this. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  3. Love this little flight of fancy Laurie 🙂

  4. I was thinking pixies until I read Sarah’s comment, which threw a whole new sinister slant on it…No, I’ll go with pixies I think!
    You’ve written a fluent and entertaining story, Laurie. I loved the closing line!

  5. Loved the scent of honey and grass, and the decision about what comes out the door

  6. Nice fairy story, especially having child share a secret with the elves. I hope he or she does not come to any harm!

  7. I can hear the clock chiming and want to be there to see what happens, or what I can make happen when the door opens.

  8. Dear Laurie,

    Imaginative and clever story. I want to know what happens next. 😉



  9. I want to go on that adventure, too! Loved it. 🙂

  10. would love to know what happens next. You got me hooked

  11. Elves and Pixies exist around every gothic cuckoo clock, Realy great take on the prompt

  12. Greatly imaginative.

  13. I love the response from the winking sprite. Honey and fresh grass delicious too.

  14. Sarah Ann permalink

    Great description and a wonderful inquisitive voice your MC has. A great hook too – leaving us wondering what happens when the door opens…

  15. Great story! I like it! I thought about writing about little people, but that’s not the story that came off of my keyboard.

  16. Portal keep showing up in the most unexpected places. I must be more observant. 😊

  17. Cute and very inventive, nice one Laurie

  18. Love the word picture you painted with this writing. I could see it all in action! Great job!

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