Just for fun

Sometimes it is good to have a change from the normal way of life so maybe it can also be good to have a change from the normal style of blog post. Anyway, just for fun, I wrote a little story:

Time

Once upon a time, time being the operative word here and implied frequency being neither relevant not accurate, there was a magician’s hat that had become disconnected from its rightful surroundings.

Now, as every good white rabbit knows, the hat is to the time machine what the starter motor is to the car, or, dare I say it, the power supply to the computer. So when the machine lost its hat, some very strange things started to happen to time. The sun disappeared from Yorkshire and turned up a few counties further south and the relationship between plastic cards and the infuriating devices designed to read them took some bizarre turns.

Certain secret time detectives were hot on the trail and quickly agreed the identity of the two chief suspects. But they had gone into hiding.

The observant among you will have noticed that this tale is told in the past tense. That is the most readable way in which to relate a story but, if accuracy of reporting is to triumph over the art of storytelling, then I need to include one of those explanations where people say that they have written ‘he’ when they just as likely mean ‘she’ or ‘it ‘because they think it is clumsy to keep saying ‘s/he’. For some reason they never explain the omission of a possible contraction of ‘she’ and ‘it .

In this instance, of course, ‘was’ could just as easily mean ‘is’ or ‘will be’, ‘has been’ , ‘shall be’ , ‘had been ‘,  ‘is going to be’, ‘had been going to be’ or whatever. When Time has lost its hat, we just don’t know where we are.

What’s that? You thought it was the machine, not time, that lost the hat? Yes, of course it’s the machine. The machine is called Time. We are travelling in the machine; at least, we would be if it weren’t for the fact that the hat is lost and Time is stuck in time. And we ‘re stuck with it.

Now, this is about where boredom kicks in and you all stop reading; after all, it’s obvious that white rabbit is going to find the hat and restore it to its proper place. But where will that have been going to have been?

Thanks to Chester and Dean for certain elements of inspiration.

Do you find, like me, that fun is the one element in rather short supply in an otherwise well balanced life?

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About Rosalie Squires

'Who am I?' is a question whose answer keeps evolving, that can be answered in many, many ways; that has no known answer at all. But there are some clues to be found: stocksharpsquires.wordpress.
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3 Responses to Just for fun

  1. I think that’s a wonderful story. Very imaginative, and very enjoyable. An excellent way to start the day. Thank you. As a fan of both magic and time travel, I wanted it to continue!

    Sadly, the sun has been disappearing from Yorkshire on a regular basis lately. But I think it may have just turned up on your site!

    As for fun, it can, at times, be an elusive quarry. Much like the Scarlet Pimpernel, we find ourselves seeking him/it (love the potential contraction of ‘she’ and ‘it’, by the way :)) all over the place. Hopefully, like the Pimpernel, it eventually turns up to save the day.

    Keep up your good work.

    And, hopefully, have fun!

  2. I really enjoy having my chain yanked a bit, and you did it very well. I had a good time. 😀 Thanks.

  3. Thank you both for your kind words.

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