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From Now Until Eternity

It’s Friday Fictioneers time! Our lovely host Rochelle is back at the helm, and this week’s photo has been contributed by Claire Fuller. Thanks, Claire!

To read this week’s other contributions, click on Bracken, the blue froggy, below.


Copyright Claire Fuller


Prince Ionus smiled to himself as the little band of adventurers crested the hill and crossed the plain. Excellent,Β he thought. It has been an age since I made new friends!

He watched as they approached the cave. Their triumphant yells became screams of terror as Medusa, emerging from the darkness, froze their limbs with her terrible gaze. Their screams now echoed only within the depths of his mind.

Ionus projected his thoughts outwards. Calm yourselves, my new friends. Learn to accept your situation. Soon we will exchange stories, but there is no rush. We have from now until eternity!

  1. July 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I like it. For all eternity. Wait, wasn’t there a movie? From Here to Eternity? Oh, right. No Medusa in THAT one.


    • July 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Nope, no Medusa, just an impressive cast.


  2. NotAPunkRocker
    July 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Well, going to the museum should be really interesting next time. I wonder what the statues are thinking about me…


    • July 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      They’re lonely and looking for new friends! All they need is a handy Medusa…


  3. July 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I love your crazy brain! You create the most interesting stories from the simplest of pictures/prompts. πŸ™‚


    • July 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Me and my crazy brain πŸ™‚
      I had an idea for the story yesterday but had to let it ferment until today to get an actual story to emerge.


      • July 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm

        I raise a glass to ‘crazy brains’ everywhere! (it only has water in it – I’m at work, but apparently it’s the thought that counts… right?)


        • July 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm

          Indeed it is that thought that counts, thanks!


  4. July 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Run little band of people! Run! Great take on the prompt.


    • July 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks! I fear their running days are over 😦


  5. July 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I like prince Lonus.. though he might could use a little bit of a scrub.. he’s a cool dude!


    • July 4, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Maybe Medusa will come out of her cave one day and wash him off πŸ™‚


  6. Lyn
    July 3, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Well, that’s certainly a different take πŸ™‚ Myspoken got it right…”you and your crazy brain”…may they be around Blogdom for a long time!


  7. July 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I want to know how they’re going to exchange stories. Strange little story but at least the prince won’t be alone in stony silence.




    • July 4, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Dear Rochelle,

      As soon as the new arrivals calm down they will be able to project their thoughts just as Ionus has learned to do.



  8. July 4, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Dear Draliman, You nail it every time – good story! Nan πŸ™‚


  9. July 4, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Al, Good and well-written story as usual. Poor Ionus and troop. All they wanted was to make firends. πŸ˜₯ Maybe some friendly wizard will come along and set things right. They need to find a bag for Medusa’s head. She’s a terror. Well done. πŸ™‚ —Susan


    • July 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Where’s Perseus when you need him πŸ™‚ ?


  10. July 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Creepy, very insightful. I’ve often looked at these and wondered what wonderful story’s they could tell.
    You do have a an awesome mind.


    • July 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

      They’ve seen so much through the ages. I’d like to hear the stories of ancient trees as well.


  11. July 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Brilliant! I love it, the idea that all those statues are going to get together for a chinwag πŸ˜€


    • July 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

      It’s nice that they have something to pass the time πŸ™‚


  12. merbear74
    July 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Reminds me of that old 80’s movie, The Clash of the Titans. πŸ™‚


    • July 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      The guy in the picture certainly looks fairly Titan-ic πŸ™‚


  13. July 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Well done. I wonder if Medusa has a statue garden that Prince Ionus missed on his way in? Eternity is a long time to wait to be set free. Poor guy. Well, maybe when he head is cut off her spell will be broken.


    • July 5, 2014 at 7:11 am

      He probably thought “cool statues, very lifelike, now where’s that nasty creature I’ve come to kill?”
      Decapitation is the recommended method of Medusan dispatch, I believe πŸ™‚


  14. July 5, 2014 at 2:17 am

    hilarious! if only i don’t feel so sorry for him… god i can’t imagine that kind of agony. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


    • July 5, 2014 at 7:13 am

      That’s a long time to be bored 😦


  15. July 5, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I suppose it is all what you get used to.


  16. July 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I love your creepiness, you do dark so well πŸ˜‰


    • July 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      I like the dark (bwahahaha) πŸ™‚


  17. July 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    What a creative story! I love the way the King projects his thoughts into their frozen minds, and gains so much satisfaction from their petrification — “From now until eternity” indeed!


    • July 6, 2014 at 4:36 am

      Thanks! It actually has some parallels with your story featuring lonely Circe. Ionus in my story may not be turning people to stone himself, but he’s perfectly happy when it happens, as he’s lonely too.
      All he has to do is teach them how to project their thoughts back, but he has plenty of time!


      • July 6, 2014 at 5:10 am

        Yes, when I read it today, I thought, “That’s a little like my Circe story!” I guess there are only so many variations one can have on this photograph! I saw that someone had a brilliant Medusa story, too.


  18. July 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I can’t find the blue froggy, Draliman, so I search further…the story? COOL πŸ˜€ Pawkisses πŸ™‚


    • July 6, 2014 at 4:37 am

      I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      The “blue froggy” is the thing with the big eyes where it says “Links in collection…”


  19. July 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I have absolutely never trusted that Medusa – and even less now!


    • July 6, 2014 at 8:36 am

      She certainly wouldn’t make the best roomie, the nasty madam πŸ™‚


  20. July 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    What a scary thought. Bit like the weeping angels in Dr Who. Eternity in stone, shudder.


    • July 6, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      As a kid the Daleks were top of my list of “things to be afraid of”, but the weeping angels are definitely there now.


  21. July 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Delightful! Medusa, now I just love that woman…or should I say, gorgon. And yay for the little prince, he must have been lonely…..I wonder what a number of frozen kids can lay though, hehe πŸ˜€


    • July 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Some new friends for him at last. Good for him, not so great for them πŸ™‚


  22. July 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I like the note you ended with on this one, Alistair. I guess all they have is time now. Nice one!


    • July 9, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Hopefully (?) someone else will come along later and add to the little band of petrified adventurers. You can only hear the same stories so many times.


  23. Sun
    July 10, 2014 at 2:50 am

    as they say, the more the merrier! once they learn how to communicate with each other, Medusa may find them devising ways to irritate her while they wallow in boredom. πŸ˜›


    • July 10, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Hah, yes, I didn’t think of that. Maybe she’ll get fed up and turn them all back so they can go away and leave her alone!


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