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FF – Imagination

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. Today’s photo was contributed by FF regular Sandra Crook.

You can read this week’s other stories by clicking on the blue froggy.

Copyright Sandra Crook

Copyright Sandra Crook

 

“Check this out! It’s really a time machine.”

“No way!”

“Yes way! See the hourglasses? What time is it now?”

“Um… big hand’s on the… um… twenty-five past three.”

“I’m going to spin the central bit, round and round and…”

“Oy! You kids! What’re you doing to ‘The Sands of Time’? Clear off!”

“Run!”

“Phew, that was close. Did it work?”

“What time is it now?”

“Um… twenty-six past three. Wow, we’ve travelled forward a whole minute!”

“Told ya! Pretty cool, huh?”

“Yeah! What shall we do now?”

“See that spiky thing over there? It’s really a spaceship.”

“No way!”

 

  1. February 17, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Imagination a wonderful thing.

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  2. February 17, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    LOL! The imagination of children is something to behold!

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    • February 18, 2016 at 8:46 am

      To be a child again… adults can imagine but not so easily act.

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  3. February 17, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    A very vivid and naive imagination.
    Cute 😊

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  4. February 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Cute. It reminds me of my little gang when we were kids. Forts made of cardboard boxes and all.

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  5. February 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Really well done. Where did the spaceship take them?

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    • February 18, 2016 at 8:47 am

      To a galaxy far far away (TM) 🙂

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      • February 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

        That could be down the street in the right six year olds mind! The true glory of youth seeing the world through clear open minds and eyes.

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      • February 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

        It would be right down my street even today!

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      • February 18, 2016 at 3:34 pm

        Streets are funny things says Mark from Marks Rd.

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  6. February 17, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I would like one of them in my garden. Enjoyed your tale, if only it was that easy to tell the time when working in the garden with no watch on.

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    • February 18, 2016 at 8:47 am

      I’m quite taken with that sculpture too!

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  7. Lyn
    February 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Love it! When I was a kid, we had the internal shell of a submarine to play in 😉

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  8. February 18, 2016 at 12:18 am

    You can never have too much imagination, Ali. Nice one!

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  9. February 18, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Imagination is much more fun than reality. A delight.

    ‘The Homecoming’ for FFfAW!

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  10. Adam Ickes
    February 18, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Everyone in the comments seems to be seeing imagination. I see a kid playing a prank on his gullible friend. I’m not sure what that says about me. haha

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    • February 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

      (In German accent) hmm, tell me about your childhood, Mr Ickes…

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      • Adam Ickes
        February 18, 2016 at 11:26 am

        Well it all started when I was six…

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  11. February 18, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Get off my lawn you kids! Bwa ha ha! 😀

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    • February 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

      What kid hasn’t heard shouted at them that at least once 🙂

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      • February 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm

        LOL! That phrase always makes me laugh but personally I am the antithesis of curmudgeon. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • February 19, 2016 at 8:21 am

        🙂

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  12. February 18, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Yes, it is 26 minutes past three…. but they failed to realize it’s now the 86th Century!

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    • February 18, 2016 at 8:50 am

      And that spiky thing really is a spaceship!

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  13. February 18, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Writers never grow out of imagining things like this 🙂

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  14. February 18, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I have the fear something’s going to be broken sooner or later. What an imagination. Well done, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • February 18, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Yes, I’m not sure the central portion of that sculpture is designed to be spun around and around… 🙂

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  15. February 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Loved this. You really captured the essence of youth…
    Joy oh joy… what we just did…!

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    • February 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Everything was an adventure, every new object an exciting artefact 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  16. February 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Kids can make an adventure out of anything, can’t they? Great dialogue.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • February 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I (just about) remember those days! Thanks 🙂
      Ali

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  17. February 18, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Yes way! Like totally, yes way!
    No way! 🙂

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  18. February 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Hilarious! The kids read to much Harry Potter, I think. Fun story, and I would have liked to explore that spaceship too.

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    • February 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      The spaceship sounds like it would be fun. We can only hope that the kids are actually reading real books 🙂

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      • February 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm

        My son is reading the “Skulduggery Pleasant” books. Real tomes made of paper with cover and everything. Hooray! ❤

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  19. February 18, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Funny! Great story.

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  20. February 18, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    What fun!

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  21. February 19, 2016 at 4:10 am

    this story made me remember the good old days. well done. 🙂

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  22. February 19, 2016 at 9:04 am

    MOL.. Great story, Draliman 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

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  23. February 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Cool story. The innocent see miracles in everything around them. Nicely done dialogue format.

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    • February 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Ah, to be young again! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  24. February 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Great dialogue! I can see my grand boys saying something like that!

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    • February 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks! I reckon I said stuff like that too “back in the day” 🙂

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  25. February 19, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    So much fun! Today’s kids are so plugged into their games, they’ve lost some of that ability to pretend – sorry.. I should say many of today’s kids…

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    • February 19, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Yeah, these kids are having some “olde worlde” fun 🙂

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      • February 19, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        I like the “olde worlde” type of fun!!!

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      • February 20, 2016 at 8:53 am

        Me too 🙂

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  26. February 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    The voices were sooo convincing. 🙂

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    • February 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

      I guess I’m still a kid at heart 🙂

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  27. February 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I think there’s a flaw in the space-ship… But they will figure out to fix it,

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    • February 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

      For sure, nothing’s going to stop these two.

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  28. February 20, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Fun – your and Alicia Audrey’s make a good pair to read together.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Ha, yes. The protagonists in both our stories only managed the one minute!

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  29. February 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    The imaginations of children are wonderful things. I hope they have some exciting adventures in the spaceship! Great story.:)

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    • February 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      I’m sure they will. They’ll find adventure in everything!

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  30. February 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Loved this story! Had me laughing at the end! Kids.

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    • February 21, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      I love how kids can find adventure in everything. I’m glad you liked the story!

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  31. February 21, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    We really are on the same wavelength. 🙂

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  32. February 22, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    “Hey, this time machine is busted! Only goes one way.”

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    • February 22, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      What a swizz! I want my money back 🙂

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  33. February 23, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    As you know, Ali, the late, great astrophysicist and science communicator Carl Sagan hypothesized that there are possibly time travelers and that maybe a time machine could be built, but that it would only travel into the future (not into the past, the so-called grandfather paradox) [here’s one Nova/PBS link, if you want it: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/Sagan-Time-Travel.html%5D. As to whether one of your protags here is a bona fide alien or time traveler or a trickster or con-man, hmm, only time (ha!) and a longer story would tell or hint (or maybe not tell at all–keep us guessing!).

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    • February 23, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks for the link! I was thinking of a couple of kids, but maybe one of them is really a time traveller. Perhaps his time machine has been turned into a garden sculpture and he’s trying to get it back 🙂
      Time travel gives me a headache if I think about it too hard 🙂

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  34. February 25, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Wonderful! I love the imagination of children 🙂

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    • February 25, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Me too. I wonder where it goes when we grow up? 🙂

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      • February 25, 2016 at 5:13 pm

        It gets beaten out of us in HS I think.. lol Have a great weekend dear 🙂

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      • February 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm

        They took great pains to turn us into good little robots!
        You have a great weekend too (and a good Friday) 🙂

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      • February 25, 2016 at 9:08 pm

        Indeed.. they tried with me, but failed.. ha! Thank you, dear 🙂

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  35. March 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    What happened to me? How did I miss this? And it’s brilliant and funny. Love the story told entirely in dialogue. You are a master, Draliman!

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    • March 5, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      You found it in the end! I like doing dialogue, I find it easier than prose. After all, I talk every day!
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  36. October 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    love it!

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