Friday Fictioneers 12 24 2021

Each Wednesday, the wonderful and majestic Rochelle sends a photo to inspire us to write one-hundred or fewer words that tell a story. Friday Fictioneers is fun. Click on the prompt photo for the access to her special page.

Here is the prompting picture and my fib.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Click on the photo to be transported to Rochelle’s blog page.

Genre: Sci-Fi
Title: It Is What Was
Word Count: 100

“This SUV is a time machine that transports mentally, not physically. You can only go back during your lifetime, not forward.

“That mirror shows exact time and place holographically. You go from now to then for about five minutes, then you are back here. You may change any past decision of yours, but rules disallow affecting life or death—kind of a prime directive. Your life will change based on the new decision. Any questions?”

What if I change my mind afterwards?

“We allow one free return trip to reset things. So far, everyone has done that. Ready?”

Not yet.

Look both ways, regret little, love much, and be yourself.
Mind the gaps and SUV, time machine sales staff.

“Finish each day and be done with it.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


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36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers 12 24 2021

  1. Jeez… now I see what you mean. Our titles are kinda sorta similar though our stories are far from!
    I think this “special machine” would come in handy for those missed quips we wish we coulda said. Then again, any time we go back, we have the potential to shit-disturb so maybe you keep that machine… or have it crushed in a scrapyard 😉

    Your mind the gaps and Emerson say it all, as far as I am concerned. Regret is a waste of time and we gotta love ourselves and be who we are otherwise, what’s the point? I have to remember that “Finish each day and be done with it.”

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  2. Dear Bill,

    How many times have we said, “If I’d known then what I know now.”? On the other hand, what far reaching effects would one changed choice have on the rest of a person’s life. In all honesty, I’m not sure I’d want to take that chance.
    Thought provoking piece. Brilliant.




    1. Good Morning, Rochelle,

      Thank you for praising my story.
      My failures are as much a part of me as are my successes. There were a few things that I would risk changing. Not many.

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  3. That is some concept you created here! Thought provoking and actually mind shattering. Would I go back and change the one or other really big mistake I made in the past? Wouldn’t I have followed up with another, maybe bigger mistake instead? I guess I stay where and who I am now.

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