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Silver Lining

I can hardly believe that it’s time for Friday Fictioneers again, but it is! This week’s photo has been contributed by Dawn Q. Landau, prompting us to write a 100-ish word story. Friday Fictioneers is hosted as always by the lovely Rochelle.

I have to admit, I have no real idea what this photo is of. It looks to me like an aerial view of fields, but with a huge person standing there!

To read this week’s other contributions, click on the little blue chap below. More stories are added throughout the week!


Copyright Dawn Q. Landau

Copyright Dawn Q. Landau

Javik scrambled out of the way as the aged giant tottered across the field. Marick wasn’t so lucky, disappearing with a grisly crunch in a cloud of red mist beneath the giant’s uncaring feet.

A few more steps and the monstrous figure, evidently hard of sight, lost its footing and fell from the cliff. A huge cloud of dust signalled the creature’s landfall.

Javik counted himself fortunate, more fortunate than the mangled villagers at the base of the cliff. When, hours later, he reached the bottom he smiled as he watched the survivors cut meat from the corpse. No-one would starve this winter.

  1. NotAPunkRocker
    September 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Are you sure your last name really isn’t Acula?

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Hee hee 🙂 It could be, the amount of killing gets done.

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  2. September 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Ali, Yuck. You left a picture in my mind I’d rather not have. Thank goodness it’s not near my meal time. I have to admit though that it is well written. 🙂 —Susan

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Never read FF stories near meal time, is my motto.
      Thanks!

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  3. September 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Never look a gift horse in the mouth, but you can eat its leg 😉

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  4. Lyn
    September 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    “Get your giant hamburgers here!” Some enterprising person could rake in a lot of money with this. Completely unexpected ending. Nice one D-Man 🙂

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Glad you liked it!
      I expect the village carpenters are already hard at work constructing the various fast food stalls.

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  5. September 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Yuck (in a good way).

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      🙂 That’s good yuck, that is.

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  6. September 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Lucky Javik indeed! And what full bellies everyone will have this winter, too!

    The picture looks like salt fields to me btw, which would go well with salting all that meat 🙂

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      I have since discovered from other stories that they are indeed salt fields (I always thought you just dug it up or something!). So you’re right, great for preserving giant meat 🙂

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      • September 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm

        I grew up looking at salt fields that our wealthy relatives owned (really far removed relatives – we just had the same last name). I guess in this picture, the salt mounds have already been collected, and so they’re just waiting for the tide to come on or something like that – I never could figure out how they worked exactly but it always made me think of the phrase – salt of the earth.

        But they’re going to need all the salt to preserve all that meat for the winter!

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      • September 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

        Sounds cool, seeing how salt really gets to the dinner table. From the photo it looks like there will be plenty of slat to preserve the giant!

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  7. September 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Well, now no one can say you don’t know how to write a happy ending!

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      I’ve put those nasty “no happy ending” rumours to bed once and for all 🙂

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  8. September 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    grisly crunch in a cloud of red mist – Yuck! On the other hand my first thought was “Yeah! That’s EXACTLY how it would go.” Kudos,

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      I read “cloud of red mist” recently and decided one of my characters absolutely had to experience it 🙂

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  9. September 18, 2014 at 12:19 am

    a happy ending. the giant was dead meat.

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  10. September 18, 2014 at 12:26 am

    A giant! It had not occurred to me, but she does look a bit like a lumbering giant walking across a patchwork of dwellings built by smaller creatures.

    I wonder what giant tastes like though? Probably a bit gamey.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Given its advanced age, gamey chicken.

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  11. September 18, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Alas, poor Gulliver. I knew him well…

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Who knew he’d turn out so tasty?

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  12. September 18, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Great story, Alistair. I like the fantasy element and nicely written. I guess it was their lucky day!

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Every cloud and all that.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. AJ
    September 18, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Ooh, so grisly! Cool! 😉 And I love the word ‘tottered’!

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      “Tottered” should be used more.
      Grisly is cool, indeed 🙂

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  14. September 18, 2014 at 7:35 am

    With some fava beans, and a nice Chianti. Ewww! But well presented. 🙂

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Giant kebabs, everyone’s new favourite!

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  15. September 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Ah excellent; dinner is indeed served. Such an imaginative take on the prompt.

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks! Yes, the villagers will be dining well tonight (the ones who are left).

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  16. September 18, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Dear Ali,

    Yum. What time’s dinner? Is it BYOB? Imaginative story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      The giant will be cooked by seven. Wine is provided!
      Ali

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  17. September 18, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Dear Draliman,

    What a fantastic excursion into the realm of fantasy. A great tale that reminded me in part of the giant in Time Bandits. Well done.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • September 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Dear Doug,
      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s a while since I saw Time Bandits, but I was thinking along the lines of a slightly more violent Gulliver!
      Ali

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  18. September 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Alistair, I love the direction you took with the prompt! Looking at it from your view, I can see the giant and the cliff! I love that we each see something so different in the photo each week. Nice job!

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    • September 19, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Sometimes people base their stories around things that I never even noticed in the photo. This is why I always write my own story before reading anyone else’s. If I had known what the photo really was I would probably have written about that instead.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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      • September 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm

        I try to NEVER read any stories before I post. I get up on Wed.; pull up Rochelle’s photo prompt, without reading her story, and then I write. I think it’s far too distracting if I read anything else first! It makes for so much creativity when I then read the others! 🙂

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      • September 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

        The prompt comes out around mid-morning/lunchtime here, so I always check the photo at work, then hope a story presents itself before I get home. It’s definitely too distracting for me to read other stories first as well. I often think “I wish I’d done a story like that”, but the point is to write my own story, not a variation of someone else’s 🙂

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      • September 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

        Yes! I agree completely. I check the photo first thing Wed. morning and then wait a while to see what comes to me… sometimes it’s instant, other times it takes longer, but I never read anyone else, until I’ve posted.

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  19. September 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Reminds me of the way the Indians would sometime run the buffalo over a cliff to more easily kill them. Very imaginative!

    janet

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    • September 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Ooh, that sounds horrible 😦 I guess it worked though, just like with the giant!

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  20. September 19, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Well damn, on my hikes I have to be watchful of fence’s, marauding animals and giants falling from clhffs. You are ruining my walks. I meet hikers that are fearful of mountain lions. I smile, they have no idea.

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    • September 19, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Ha, mountain lions! We both know there are things out there that would eat mountain lions for breakfast. And hikers 🙂

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  21. September 19, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Perfect – loved it!! 😀
    And hey, a giant has to eat something may as well be the locals his giant booty crushed!
    ~ Andrea ❤

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    • September 19, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Poor locals 😦 Glad you enjoyed it!

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  22. September 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Great images in your story, and of course gamey old giant meat is way better than no meat

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    • September 20, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Definitely better than going hungry.

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  23. September 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Great story for the picture. I wasn’t expecting it! 🙂

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  24. September 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    that’s a lot of meat!! amazing how you turned the story rapidly from a fantasy tale to a somewhat grisly piece 🙂

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    • September 20, 2014 at 7:42 am

      It wouldn’t be a “draliman original” without a bit of gore 🙂

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  25. September 20, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Oh doc:( This was yucky! Once again good, though.
    Ellespeth

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    • September 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

      It is a bit gross 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it though!

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  26. September 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

    So that’s some sort of justice. Lovely.

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    • September 21, 2014 at 7:53 am

      At least the giant has ended up feeding the masses.

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  27. September 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Well I guess if you get stepped on my giants it’s ok to eat them when they fall. LOL But really, yucky! It was a ‘good’ story though. 😉

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    • September 21, 2014 at 7:53 am

      It’s only fair 🙂
      Thanks!

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  28. September 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Ah.. I wander how a giant tastes like.. (not like chicken I guess)

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    • September 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

      It has been suggested by others that giants are likely to be a bit “gamey”. A bit tough too, I expect!

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  29. September 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Your story made me look at the picture again, and I saw it as you did. Your idea’s great – quirky and chuckle-worthy (I just made that word up.)
    Marg

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    • September 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

      I’m glad I didn’t know what it was before I wrote my story. It’s all part of the fun!
      Ali

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  30. September 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Dear Draliman, Good job, as usual. Giants are creepy~! Nan 🙂

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    • September 24, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Dear Nan, thanks! Giants are creepy.

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