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And so it begins (Friday Fictioneers)

March 26, 2020
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When the trolls attacked, we thought it was just nonsense. Actors in costume rehearsing a play. Until the death toll began to rise.

My great niece insisted I write down what I remember of how the Troubles started. Even got me this damned typewriter because, of course, no power. Paper is in short supply… need it for more urgent things… such as toilet paper. Still she insisted so here goes…

It was a time of great uncertainty.

A wooden door appeared in my backyard, between the hydrangeas, as it did in every yard. The brass handle didn’t turn at first…

This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

You can read more of the Prompt responses here

Word count: 100

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  1. Wonderfully inventive, Laurie. Only in Britain would we call an alien invasion The Troubles.

  2. Dear Laurie,

    I’m not sure which is more frightening. An Alien invasion or what’s happening now? You left me wondering what might be behind that mysterious door. Nicely done.



  3. Love the toilet paper reference. Who would have thought everyone valued it over everything else! 🙂

  4. Oh dear. Nothing could be worse than trolls, but then the mysterious doors began to appear—and out came. . . .

  5. Toilet paper…it is now worth more than its weight in gold! This was great. Amazing how you packed such a good story in just a few words.

  6. People with stacks of toilet paper will probably use it as printer paper in times to come just to get rid of it!

    Here’s mine!

  7. Laurie, you give us just the beginning, it’s all so intriguing, we need more

  8. The invasion from another dimension, using doors in the garden to release the trolls, I will think this is possible and order some padlocks. If a door appears in my garden I will slam on a padlock before they get through. A fun read but a scary thought.

  9. Laurie, I like your format here and also how you keep it light until the very end.

  10. Trolls and doors appear from nowhere? These uncertain times, you had me screaming at toilet paper, doesn’t anyone remember the olden days? It was fun reading the newspaper before …

    I loved the take on the prompt. 🙂

    • Haha haha so true! I long for the old days… three months ago… when we could get note paper and it only meant paper not “Oh well this could be toilet paper if we get desperate”

  11. Mike permalink

    You took me back to my childhood, which was great

  12. I know there are windows of opportunity, but I’m not sure about doors.

  13. Time of great uncertainty, indeed!

  14. Well now we know the end and the beginning… wonder what happened in between, from the moment when the door was opened.

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