Interminabilis – Friday Fictioneers

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by the wonderful Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Writers are invited to write a 100-word story based on photo prompt. This week’s photo was provided by Jennifer Pendergast. Thank you, Jennifer.

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Jennifer Pendergast

Genre: Fantasy (100 words)

Interminabilis

A man spilled out of the rusted canoe onto the green earth and stared at the sky with a dopey smile.

Margo halted her rigid pace of her daily walk to stare at his attire; a feathered hat, striped pants and boots.

“Are you lost?”

“No, madam. I’m home.” He jumped to his feet and kissed her hand. “You’re the first, so get on.” He nudged her inside the slopping water.

“But I can’t.”

“But you did. There’s no altering the course. Don’t even try.” He waved to her.

The canoe accelerated, its rust sliding off like an old skin.

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74 thoughts on “Interminabilis – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks so much. I was thinking more that this canoe is like a time machine of the water. I love your interpretation though and can see how you arrived at that. Thanks for your thoughts and your lovely comments.
      Shalom,
      Amy

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    1. Ali, I envisioned the canoe as a time machine of the water. She must jump in to keep it going. I couldn’t explain the rules in my 100 words, but that’s what I was thinking. I think he’s just glad to be on land. Thanks for reading.

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    1. Thanks, T. You’re not the only one who is lost on this journey. 🙂 This canoe is a time machine of the water. I was hoping “Fantasy” was a clue. Anyway, it makes sense in my head since I know what’s going on. Ha ha. I’m glad the mood is hopeful at least.

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  1. I think I’ve read this in a slightly different way, Amy. I saw the dopey-smiled man as some kind of dapper grim reaper, with Margo being the next person for him to take to her next destination. Bright and dark at the same time. Mind you, I love a good paradox, I do.
    Good, intriguing story you’ve written here, Amy.

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    1. Well now, Tom, that’s why I love everyone’s thoughts. I don’t think stories are ever meant to be interpreted the same way for everyone, because I think people bring their own experiences into the story. I think Margo is going to have a good time, but it could be filled some dark moments. Such is life. Thank you, Tom, and thanks for your thoughtful comments.

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    1. Oh, I didn’t think of Rip van Winkle. I like that idea. He slept through it all did he? I don’t know where she’ll end up. Hopefully, somewhere she won’t want to leave considering she will be stuck there. 🙂

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    1. Well, you got the bit about him being from a different time. Yay! I know it’s one of those stories that seem to have a lot of different interpretations. I do like the idea of this though. Maybe I could go somewhere with it. Thanks for your feedback, Louise.

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  2. Charming story, Amy. I thought it sounded magical. So I guess she’s off on an exciting adventure. He sounds like a different version of Dr. Who. These fellows all seem charming. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. Can you imagine? (Well, I guess you can as you wrote this.) How wonderful to just step on a boat and set off on an adventure not knowing anything. Where? How long? What will happen when I don’t return to my normal routine? I envy her, her ride.

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    1. After I wrote this fantasy piece, I realized it doesn’t even to need to be this genre. Even with a more realistic story, just stepping inside that boat and sailing away is fantasy all on its own. Wouldn’t that be dreamy??!! Just to leave your life behind for a while. I guess that’s supposed to be vacation, but somehow having to plan it all creates all those expectations, stress, etc. Wouldn’t it great to just have that all taken care of and have it all be perfect!

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  4. Oh, I’m late, but here! LOVE this one, Amy… so mystical and prophetic. The imagery is sharp and the storytelling really wonderful! Glad I saved it, but will be happier when I’m caught up on things I enjoy… like your writing!

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    1. Oh, you’re never late, Dawn. Not in my book! Such wonderful praise. Thank you. This one was much like a spring board to jump off of because there are so many interpretations here. I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I enjoy you, too. xox

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