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FF – Carousel of Doom!

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Brenda Cox.

I decided to use the American word (carousel) for the merry-go-round/roundabout, though I went for “candyfloss” as I draw the line at “cotton candy”.

Copyright Brenda Cox

The carousel began to spin as the last child clambered aboard. Parents looked on proudly, camera phones at the ready.

Brashnorag looked on, smiling. This was exactly what he’d come up from Hell for.

He snapped his fingers.

The carousel span faster and faster, leaving its once-sedate pace far behind. Children screamed as one by one they flew off.

One landed in a vat of candyfloss. Another in the arms of their parent. Yet another in a sandpit.

An afternoon of “miraculous escapes”.

Brashnarog smiled again. He may be a demon from the pits of Hell, but he wasn’t a complete bastard.

  1. October 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve heard there is a bit of good in everyone. Just a little devilish fun! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. WildChild47
    October 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    *chuckling madly* (off in all directions) —a demon with a conscience – how unexpected and lovely – it’s given me the “warm fuzzies” 😂😂😂

    great little twist – well done!


  3. October 14, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    An understudy of Wormwood, no doubt. Nothing like a bit of devilish humor to make it a day. 🙂


  4. October 14, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Well, he’s not going to advance in his organisation, is he?


  5. October 14, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Haha, having just read Tannille’s story, yours felt like it was going the same way. Your demon seems more like a trickster than a true bad guy though. Good stuff.


    • October 15, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      Yes, he’s a right mischievous one. I was thinking of Crowley from “Good Omens”!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. October 14, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Haha! That’s devilish fun, Nice one!


  7. October 14, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Hah. What fun. Still, I’d be wary if I met this guy. And a carousel from hell, it seems.


    • October 15, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      Aw, he’s okay really. Might just give you a bit of a fright 🙂


  8. October 14, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Bwahahaha: I’d love to see the little tykes go flying through the air!!


    • October 15, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      The image made me smile (knowing of course that they were going to land safely) 🙂


  9. October 14, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    hah! the thing that one does for fun at other others’ expense.


  10. Mer O'Leary
    October 14, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    I’ll always call it candyfloss now!! Cotton candy? Bah, I say! Bah! 🙂


  11. October 15, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Haha…that was fun and the kids are all okay to boot. Clever story, Ali!


  12. October 15, 2021 at 11:53 am

    So nice of him to not kill the kids…


  13. October 15, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    A demon with a heart, I actually quite like him!


  14. October 15, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Gotta love a demon who enjoyed children 🙂


  15. October 15, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Well, this played right into that SYW question from a few weeks ago. But Zeeba doesn’t approve. She wants blood on the merry go round! Blood on the pavement! Blood on the candyfloss! Blood! Blood! Blood!!!!


    • October 16, 2021 at 5:07 am

      Funnily enough I did think twice while writing it. I don’t want Zeeba getting annoyed with me and putting me on her hit list…


  16. October 16, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Dear Ali,

    Aw, a demon with a heart. Don’t tell his boss. 😉 Funny, I’ve always called it a merry-go-round as opposed to a carousel. Now candy floss is another story. Much prettier sound than cotton candy.



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    • October 16, 2021 at 5:11 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      He’s running pretty close to the line, job-wise!
      That’s interesting, I always thought “merry-go-round” was the very British term! I’ve never liked the term “cotton candy” but I guess I grew up with “candy floss”, “cotton candy” is relatively new to me.


  17. Lyn
    October 16, 2021 at 4:28 am

    I dunno. I reckon that guy in the hoodie walking near the carousel is up to no good. 😁


    • October 16, 2021 at 5:13 am

      Ha, my three ideas for a story this week were the roundabout, the hippy tram and the hoodie guy 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  18. October 16, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Fun story Ali. Hoorah for mischievous demons.


  19. October 16, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    I liked the twist! And I’m pleased that no children were harmed in the making of your script! 5 smiles out of 5 for this one, Ali

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 17, 2021 at 5:35 am

      I couldn’t harm the little kiddies. Adults are a different matter 🙂


  20. October 16, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    I’d love falling into the vat of fairy floss! Laughed out loud. Love it.


    • October 17, 2021 at 5:35 am

      That was the really lucky kid, he got to eat his way out 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  21. October 17, 2021 at 4:21 am

    I like your diplomatic choices of terms. Your story had me laughing out loud. Have you ever seen the mini-series, “Death Comes to Town” with the actors from Kids in the Hall? I bet you would love it.


    • October 17, 2021 at 5:36 am

      I looked it up and it does look like my thing. I’ll have to see if it’s available anywhere to watch.

      Liked by 1 person

      • October 17, 2021 at 3:26 pm

        You can probably see all of the episodes on youtube. My younger son gave me the show on DVD which says something about his sense of humor.

        Liked by 1 person

  22. October 17, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Haha He could make money from parents — “push my kid for me”


  23. October 17, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Oh he’s a treasure isn’t he?


  24. October 17, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Made me laugh. Love the energy of the story, and the demon with a soft heart !


  25. October 23, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Brasnarog must have ended up in hell due to an admin error.


    • October 24, 2021 at 5:39 am

      Maybe so. Hell’s not great with paperwork, it keeps catching on fire.

      Liked by 1 person

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