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FFfAW – The Sacred Seal

Here is my story for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. This week’s photo was contributed by Sonya from Only 100 Words.

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Copyright Sonya

Copyright Sonya


“There it is!” cried Maglatosh, rushing forward.

“Yes, yes, on the pavement next to that ugly yellow plant life,” replied Gringadesh. “We are so close, Maglatosh!”

Maglatosh bent over for a closer look. “These symbols on the cover, they must be the ancient glyphs of Gragnok, The Destroyer.”

“Indeed,” replied Gringadesh. “I’ve never seen them myself, but they must be, yes!”

The companions stared at each other for a moment, scarcely able to believe that after so many years they had finally found it. The key to the destruction of Earth.

Gringadesh bent down, levered the hatch open and peered inside. “Look! As prophesied, the Sacred Valve of Gragnok!”

“Turn it, turn it!” yelled Maglatosh. “The Earth shall die!”

Gringadesh turned the valve. From the other side of the wall, a frustrated voice called out.

“Miriam, my hose pipe’s stopped working! Did you turn off the water?”

“Hmm,” mused Gringadesh. “Maybe this isn’t the Sacred Valve of Gragnok after all.”

“I concur,” said Maglatosh. “Our search continues!”


  1. January 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Funny! Not quite the response they were expecting when they turned the Sacred Valve. Ah well, keep looking!


    • January 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      I’m guessing this isn’t the first disappointment they’ve encountered on their quest. Let’s hope they never find it!


  2. January 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Haha! This was a fun read! 🙂


    • January 26, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! It was fun to write 🙂


  3. January 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Hmm. Kids. We did stuff like that. Imagination is a wondrous thing 🙂


    • January 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      I seem to recall my bedroom once doubled as the teleporter room from British sci-fi series Blake’s 7.
      Kids, aliens or a somewhat mad Armageddon cult? I wasn’t sure so I left it open 🙂


  4. January 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    ‘Turn it, turn it!’ As I reader , I could feel the excitement they were going through on finally finding the secret seal. And of course the fear of earth destruction as an earthling And then the hose pipe dialog came along. 😂
    Great job with the story. 🙂


    • January 27, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Thanks! Yes, they were pretty excited when they thought they’d found it. But better the loss of water to one house than the entire planet!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. January 26, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    LOL! They didn’t find the sacred valve they found the water meter to someone’s home! Hahaha! I guess they didn’t find the key to the destruction of the earth. Great story! I enjoyed reading this.


    • January 27, 2016 at 11:01 am

      They didn’t find the key to the destruction of Earth – YET (dum dum DUM!).
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  6. January 26, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    So close! They shoulda turned counter-clockwise.


    • January 27, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Maybe when the guy’s switching his water back on he’ll turn it too far anticlockwise and then – kaboom!


  7. January 27, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I could actually see this happening. A scene out of Monty Python! Great writing!


    • January 27, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Thanks, they seem a little inept at their sacred task! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  8. January 27, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I was hoping the secret valve might give them a face full of sewage. Welcome to Earth!


  9. January 27, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Where do you come up with those names? 😛 You do such a great job creating your characters and settings.



    • January 27, 2016 at 11:11 am

      The names just come to me I guess. I’m a lot better with weird names than human names – everyone seems to be called George or Tom in my stories!


  10. January 27, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Ha! This was a unique take on the prompt. You do have a distinct way with words and imagination, Ali. Charming! 😀


    • January 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Thanks! It was a madcap idea but my eyes were first drawn to the thing on the pavement rather than the sunflowers 🙂


  11. January 27, 2016 at 11:54 am

    This made me laugh, great stuff.


    • January 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  12. Holly
    January 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Well, yeah, because sunflowers aren’t ugly. Of course it was the wrong valve! 😀


    • January 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Maglatosh and Gringadesh have no appreciation for the finer things in life. Like sunflowers. Or finding the correct valve 🙂


  13. January 27, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Ali, you’ve done it again. This was hilarious. I guess Gragnok was exaggerating a bit. It would take more than one valve to shut off all water on earth and destroy it. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


    • January 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      I think they were hoping it was going to release some sort of superweapon 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  14. January 28, 2016 at 9:11 am

    MOL 😀 Pawkiss 🙂 ❤


  15. gentlestitches
    January 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    LOL! Keep looking! 😀


  16. January 29, 2016 at 8:50 am

    The imagery in this is brilliant!


  17. January 31, 2016 at 11:11 am

    “I concur,” said Maglatosh. “Our search continues!”
    You think! Silly invaders.
    Loved it.


    • January 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      At least they took this latest disappointment well! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  18. February 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    An amusing story, Ali. 🙂 Let’s hope their search continues for a very long time!


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