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Time Lost (Friday Fictioneers)

March 14, 2019

PHOTO PROMPT © Anshu Bhojnagarwala


As the wall between realities faded more oddities appeared. Yesterday, a limousine shell. Last week, a plane tail. This morning, a school desk.

Each item showed the wear of time and carried the rotting stench of eternity.

What we didn’t know was if the transfer pockets caused the damage or if it was something in the other reality.

Mary got the mission. The tracker pinpointed the next deposit. She wore the scientist designed protection suit and stood ready to travel over. A blur of space indicated the transfer was complete.

We received a piano.

A day later…  Mary’s skeleton returned.



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  1. Looks as if the other reality are off loading there junk. Taking in pristine items and swapping them for items they need rid of. I can imagine the lunatic manager saying, “they won’t notice and if they do, tell them it’s out of warranty. How do you insure time travel transportations? Fun read.

    • oooo love this thought James. In that case I’d like to imagine Mary living a life of luxury replaced with any old department skeleton!

  2. Wonderfully inventive, Laurie. I’m wondering now about the trans-dimensional rules that equate a piano with a person

  3. Brilliant, Laurie. Love the universe you are giving us, that your story is receiving. Really well written.

  4. Quite the futuristic approach.. Nicely done!

  5. Do any of them think the loss of Mary was worth it? Very inventive.

  6. Dear Laurie,

    Imaginative and a bit on the chilling side. Sounds like some kind of time warp. Very Bradbury-esque. (I adore Bradbury). Well done.



  7. Wonder if the skeletons of the others were returned where the objects landed…
    Most interesting and so many ways we can think about what’s going on. Good one, Laurie!

  8. Yikes! I wasn’t expecting that! Great take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  9. Amazing spin on the prompt.

  10. gahlearner permalink

    Oh, wonderful. Not for Mary though. I think the dimensional travel was causing the rot. If Mary had lived in another timeline, where time moves faster, she’d have sent a message perhaps? Now I want to know at which age Mary died. Can I be part of the science team, please? 😀

  11. I think the clue is that time might have moved at different pace on the other side of the wormhole…. Mary lived a long full life … somewhere else.

  12. AAaaaaagh! Run for your life 🙂

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