“Time to Move On” – Flash Fiction, Friday Fictioneers

This story was written for the Friday Fictioneers challenge, provided each week by Rochelle, on her blog, Addicted to Purple.  Writers get 100 words to write a flash fiction story inspired by the given photo prompt.  Click on the blue frog below to read other stories and to add your own!


image – copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Time to Move on

(100 words)

At midnight, the clock ceased ticking, and the magician appeared.

“Hello, Evan.  Time to pay.”

“My soul.  It’s wrong to take it.”

“No matter what deal was struck?  Let’s proceed.”

Evan held out a locket.  “Take this.  It’s my soul, as much as anything.”

The magician opened it, amused until his hands disintegrated.  Soon, he was a pile of dust.

Evan retrieved the locket, smiling at his wife.  This was for her.  He’d learned one more trick than the magician knew.  Now, he’d join his love.  Locket around his neck, heavy clock in his pocket, Evan descended to the river.

By the way, I’ve posted the second part of my story, “Spring Spirit.”  Part 3 is coming soon!  Click here to read part 1, and here for part 2.

16 thoughts on ““Time to Move On” – Flash Fiction, Friday Fictioneers

    • Thanks, Rochelle! I was a little worried that this one wouldn’t come across the way I’d hope. I did a lot of cutting this week from what I started with! I had Evan making a deal to free his wife and a daughter from the magician’s service, and Evan granted with an extra long life that he used to learn magic in order to wait for the day in the story…haha, it had to get a lot simpler. You’re good to stop by! I always appreciate your prompts and writing!


    • Thanks! I had imagined that she died a natural death, but I didn’t have room to say so–certainly, it could be the case based on what’s here! As I was commenting to Rochelle, I had a more elaborate story in mind at first. Cutting down always alters things in interesting ways! : )

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