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The Time of Reconciliation

Dr Franklin was walking through the town’s plaza with his official Guide, enjoying the warmth of Tranek Major’s twin suns when the bells rang.

“What’s that all about?” he asked.

“It is the Time of Reconciliation. For exactly one hour in every month, the Rule of Law is suspended for those who have filed an official Tak’reh, or grievance, against another. Some talk things through, though violence is not uncommon. Some deaths are inevitable.”

“By the Mercies, that’s madness!” exclaimed Franklin. Looking around he saw some people arguing. In the distance a couple were hitting each other.

The Guide shook his head sadly. “And still you continue to insult our ways. Did you not read the Rules of Entry upon your arrival at the spaceport?”

“I assumed it was the usual stuff,” replied Franklin. “No hats to be worn on the day of rest, don’t walk on the grass, that sort of thing, common to a dozen different worlds.”

“Indeed, one would not wish to walk on the grass. Incurring a Tak’reh  from the Department of Parks is inadvisable. One finds that they have long memories, short tempers and all manner of sharpened gardening implements.”

“Mercies above!” Franklin exclaimed.

“And when I took you into my home and you complained about the room I gave you, did I not once again exhort you to read the Rules of Entry?”

Franklin’s face went ashen.”You, uh, didn’t file one of these Tak’reh things against me for that, did you?”

“Of course not! You are a visitor to our world after all, and I am above such minor indiscretions.”

Franklin’s look of relief changed to wide-eyed shock as he looked down at the knife protruding from his chest.

“However,” continued the Guide, “you insulted my wife’s cooking. I’m afraid that won’t do, Dr. Franklin. No, that won’t do at all.”

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  1. Serena
    April 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Did you write this yourself, it’s very good? I thought I was following you already, I must rectify that now 🙂


    • April 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

      I did write it, but it’s possible (this is always my worry) that the idea came from somewhere else, but hopefully not! There are similar concepts around, certainly – there are so many sci-fi short stories by so many authors.
      It sort of came to me in the shower yesterday so I postponed the post I was going to do and wrote this instead, which is quite unusual as I don’t write much fiction. So when an idea does come to me it’s a shame to waste it!


      • Serena
        April 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        I think there is a personal ‘MUSE’ working on your behalf and you can’t ignore that 🙂


      • April 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        You could be right – ideas seem to appear as if from nowhere. More frequent visits from my Muse would be nice, but I’ll take advantage of anything she has to offer as and when 🙂


  2. April 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Nicely done! You should write more fiction. 🙂


    • April 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you! It really means a lot when I try something new and people enjoy it 🙂


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