The Essence Of This Place

Photo prompt © Roger Bulltot



Kelvin M. Knight

He couldn’t leave. This place was all he knew. This place which kept him safe during his age of swords, filled him with boldness during the age of words, produced sanity during their age of technology.

Not once did this place misunderstand his needs. Now, with the age of soullessness descending, it was his turn to understand. Sinking to his knees, he hugged the moss-eaten hearthstone and opened his mind. Emptiness filled it. A rotting wilderness. Decaying kingdoms. The never-ending horror of truths denied.

Tugged earthward, he screamed. Crumbling towers folded. Catapulted skyward, boulders of crows screamed gaily.

(100 words)


Thank you to everyone for taking part this week (01/09/17), and reading each other’s stories, and liking, and commenting. You don’t have to be a Friday Fictioneer to read our stories so please don’t be shy, there’s a mix of styles and storylines all inspired by the same photo. To read other aspiring writers’ stories, click the Blue Frog.

Thanks, as ever, to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers so congenially.


57 thoughts on “The Essence Of This Place

  1. I’m fascinated by the word pictures. Went back and picked it apart. HIS age of swords; THE age of words; THEIR age of technology. A lot could be said just about those three phrases. And of course the age of soullessness, pictured in boulders of crows. Well, my hat’s off to you, Kelvin. I loved this.

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    1. Well, of course, Moon. Just this once… 😉

      Around these sorts of ruins and buildings there are always lots of tree, which crows will make their home, will keep making their home until they fill all the trees. If you have ever seen crows started, they all react together, an launch skyward, wing tip to wing tip…

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      1. A writer must have a tough time handling so many different categories of readers. you did a good job of resolving the doubt. Appreciate it.
        Yes, I did change my photo . 🙂

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  2. Somehow, the crows and age of swords made me think about Game of Thrones. I guess I’m getting quite obsessive about the series. I do love your imagery. I don’t know how you manage to accomplish so much with so few words. Kudos to you.

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  3. I liked the “age of swords” and the “age of words”. I’m less sure about “boulders of crows screamed gaily” which has something of a random feel about it as though it might have been written by an algorithm


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