the sands of time

PHOTO PROMPT - © Sandra Crook

PHOTO PROMPT – © Sandra Crook

Sand was almost through; a shame.

Had a beautiful, attentive, well-aging wife; attractive, smart, obedient children; well-behaved and loveable pets.

Weekdays commuted to the city by train. Weekends, tooled around the countryside in a Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Took a month’s family holiday every year. Been to just about every continent.

Developed an ample wine cellar and personal library in our Victorian with extensive gardens and grounds.

Call would come: sands gone; Earth life’s over; time to report back to home-world.  

Hummm . . . just a rivet holding each glass bulb in place  . . . . .  {97 words}

Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers, 17-19 February, 2016


16 thoughts on “the sands of time

  1. Lori Carlson February 26, 2016 / 12:11 am

    Oh! he has it all… but his time is up and now he has to go back “home”… I guess that’s what happens when you get too comfy with the lifestyle you’ve chosen ;) Great write, Phylor!


  2. kathyd65 February 23, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    I enjoyed your ‘tally’ of the characters accomplishments. Stuff intermingles with relationship. More stuff though. Reminds me to focus on relationships.


    • taleweavering February 24, 2016 / 10:33 am

      I emphasized the stuff to make him seem more shallow. Is it the stuff, or the relationship he treasures.
      Good to focus on relationships over stuff, I agree.

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  3. gahlearner February 20, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Very interesting. The homeworld must be a sad place if he is smitten with this life. It seems oddly empty and superficial to me.


    • taleweavering February 21, 2016 / 12:16 am

      I agree! That’s why he wants to stay — that’s the life style he’s chosen, as superficial and pretentious as it seems!

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  4. Susan Langer February 19, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    Wow. Different take on the prompt. I guess we are all living on borrowed time though. :


    • taleweavering February 25, 2016 / 1:00 am

      I have that sand dial image in my mind and the image made me think of an otherworldly sand dial.
      We do live on borrowed time in so many ways!

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    • taleweavering February 19, 2016 / 3:03 pm

      “I think he, the narrator, was happy. He had what some see as the perfect life on earth,” she guessed. “I’m not sure he was ready to head back to his home-world just yet,” she speculated.

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  5. Michael February 19, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Knock them rivets out, if only it where so simple. I enjoyed your take on the prompt


    • taleweavering February 25, 2016 / 1:01 am

      Thanks. Yes, it would be great if life’s do-overs where that simple! ;)


  6. ansumani February 19, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Just a rivet or something simple …that’s all it takes to go back to home base. Well written.


    • taleweavering February 25, 2016 / 1:02 am

      Thanks. Wouldn’t life be easier if there were simple fixes to seemingly complex problems! :)


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