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An Adventure to Die For

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, so here’s my contribution!

Hosted by Rochelle, this week’s photo prompt has been provided by Janet Webb. Thanks, Janet!

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Copyright Janet Webb

Through the portal lay a room, a room Marlon had discovered existed over 200 years in the past. He checked his clothing – the costume shop had assured him that it looked authentic. He was ready.

His anticipation reaching fever pitch, he stepped through. A keen historian, he was determined that this, his second trip, would be an adventure to die for.

“See, loike oi said, yer honour!” came a woman’s voice as he materialised. “Witch!”

Further cries of “Witch!” were accompanied by flaming arrows, throwing Marlon’s body back through the portal.

“A truly 18th Century death!” thought Marlon as the flesh melted from his bones.

  1. September 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Ewwwww!

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  2. NotAPunkRocker
    September 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Not “ack!” or “ouch!” but the perfect thought for a curious time traveler 🙂

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    • September 10, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      I almost inserted the word “happily” in that sentence. I reckon if he had to go… 🙂

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  3. September 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Ah.. the mistake of time travel.. to go directly into Salem at the exact wrong time.

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  4. September 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Don’t go messing with wormholes. There may be great big worms in there. Thanks for my weekly shot of grim and gory 🙂

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    • September 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      You’re welcome. Same time, next week 🙂

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  5. September 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Yikes! Wrong portal. And he was so excited. What a treat for a historian to discover a window to the past. But what a nasty way to go.

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    • September 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Yes, the poor chap finally gets a historian’s dream and it ends like that.

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  6. September 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Awesome!

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  7. September 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    brave fellow. he must have known the risks and still went for it.

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:47 am

      I guess he thought it was worth taking the chance.

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  8. September 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Wow, he arrived at the wrong time!

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Couldn’t have been wronger!

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  9. September 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I knew he was gong to die. I just didn’t think he’d melt. poor dude.

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

      I thought, I haven’t melted anyone for a while 🙂

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  10. September 10, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Wow!

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  11. September 11, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Ali, That was nasty. O_o There were many nasty things happening in the past. He could have also ended up with the Black Death. I’ll stick with the present thank you very much. Well written. I heard a happy bit of news. It seems the ozone layer is starting to thicken again. 🙂 —Susan

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

      There were all manner of nasty ways to die centuries ago. I guess he decided to take the risk (or he didn’t consider the consequences).
      I just read that about the ozone layer, and the hole over Antarctica is no longer growing.

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  12. September 11, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Flaming arrows!!! That’s even cooler than being burned at the stake. Another superb chapter in this Series of Unfortunate Events!

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Pierced and burned. It doesn’t get any better than this 🙂

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  13. September 11, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Now that is an adventure! Sounds like he didn’t mind the outcome too much, like the saying “find something you love and let it kill you” …or something like that.
    Great take on the photo this week! I thoroughly enjoyed it. 🙂

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

      He didn’t seem too bothered, did he? More intrigued.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  14. September 11, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Too funny!

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  15. September 11, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Okayyy….I’m staying home and renting a movie. Well done – crispy in fact. 😯

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

      A movie would be safer.
      Crispy – ha ha 🙂

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  16. AJ
    September 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Made me think of Mr Benn and the shopkeeper 🙂 It’s put me off time travel that’s for sure!

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Mr Benn never came flying back through on fire 🙂 Those arrows would make nice souvenirs of his trip, though.

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      • AJ
        September 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

        Yeah, he liked his unexpected souvenir’s 🙂

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  17. September 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Well, if you will go messing about in a time warp you must expect the odd bad experience. Great take on the prompt.

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Time warps are not for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure.

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  18. September 11, 2014 at 10:15 am

    A good portal story, if I may say so, your honor. Well done.

    Doug

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    • September 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

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  19. September 11, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Dear Ali,

    Is it just me or do you have one too many ‘lay’s’ in your first sentence? Aside from that, what a way to go. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • September 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      No, it’s not you 🙂 I started out with too many “portals” and I guess I concentrated on cutting those down and missed the “lays”. I’m terrible with duplicating words. I’ve changed the second one to “existed”, thanks for pointing that out!
      I’m glad you enjoyed it anyway!
      Ali

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  20. September 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Wow an adult version of Mr Benn. Bet the shopkeeper didn’t see that coming!

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    • September 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      The Mr Benn I remember certainly never “acquired” any souvenirs as cool as a bunch of flaming arrows! Shame they were stuck in him, though 🙂

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  21. September 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

    This was hilarious. I mean, poor Marlon…but that line “See, loike oi said, yer honour!” just killed me. 😀

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    • September 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      I had in mind someone clutching cap or bonnet in hand, half bent over, a little afraid to be in the presence of the local magistrate/witch hunter or whoever it would have been. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  22. September 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Oh, no! Did he come back in one piece, I hope. That would be cool to experience only if you didn’t die or feel any pain. Or, did he really die? He’s dedicated to his profession, I’ll say.

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    • September 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      If he didn’t die then he’s got a long recovery ahead of him 🙂
      He’s definitely dedicated to his profession.

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  23. September 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Nicely done! I see it as a portal also. 🙂

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    • September 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks! There were a few portals this week 🙂

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  24. September 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I suspect he might not have had that in mind when he was looking for an ‘adventure to die for’. Nice work.
    Claire

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    • September 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      He probably thought it was just a saying 🙂 Thanks!

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  25. September 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I love the dark humour in your stuff, I always seem to smirk to myself, maybe I’m bad 😉

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    • September 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      I always allow myself a sneaky little smirk when something awful (yet somehow at the same time amusing) happens to somebody’s FF character 🙂

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  26. September 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    It’s said that timing is everything and in this case, it was certainly true. Love the way the title worked into the story, too.

    janet

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    • September 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      His timing was certainly a bit of bad luck! Thanks for noticing the title, it’s often the hardest bit for me 🙂

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  27. September 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Great read, poor Marlon. Since he was thrust back into his time I wonder who will be charged with his death? Someone has to be held accountable? Law enforcement will see that.

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    • September 12, 2014 at 7:06 am

      I’m sure some poor sap will end up taking the blame.

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  28. September 12, 2014 at 4:20 am

    I love your macabre stories – near and dear to my heart. If I was any good at writing stories/fiction I’d want to do it like this!!!
    ~ Andrea ❤

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    • September 12, 2014 at 7:08 am

      You just think of an unlikely death and then figure out how to make it happen.
      I’m glad you like them 🙂

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      • September 12, 2014 at 7:40 am

        You make it sound so simple…not the case my creative dralifriend!

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  29. September 12, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    This is definitely an argument for taking more care in siting a portal. Wonderful take – poor Marlon though. I hope he managed to enjoy his limited visits.

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    • September 13, 2014 at 4:46 am

      It should definitely not just be there on the wall for anyone to just wander through. I’m sure he had fun before his “accident”!

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  30. Sun
    September 13, 2014 at 1:15 am

    hope the costume didn’t cost much…poor fella. 🙂

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    • September 13, 2014 at 4:46 am

      He probably rented it – there goes his deposit 🙂

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  31. September 13, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Not sure what was better, the story, or your comment that you haven’t melted anyone for a while.

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  32. September 13, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Dear Draliman, Well, to them, he is a witch (or warlock). Great job and I’m glad you haven’t melted anyone lately – neither have I.
    Nan 🙂

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    • September 14, 2014 at 4:51 am

      Dear Nan,
      Someone suddenly appearing from nowhere is definitely witch-like.
      It’s good not to melt people 🙂
      Ali

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  33. shanx
    September 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Great job and great take on prompt. Liked it!

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  34. September 14, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Goodness! Perfect period costume, check. Perfect period death, check. Melting flesh, ewwwww!
    Elespeth

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    • September 14, 2014 at 4:52 am

      It was a bit yucky, poor chap.

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  35. September 15, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Very cool!

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  36. September 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    You have a brilliant imagination, man!
    And you never lose sight of your sense of humor.
    I really like his rather excited thought just before the flesh melts away. A truly pioneering spirit.

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    • September 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Thanks! Yes, he was a real hardline historian to the end 🙂

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