Unusual Travel

Joe stayed in.  He wanted to go out.  Shuffling along the hall, the attic folding stairs drew his attention.  Pulling the handle, he ascended into a jungle of crowded shelves. An ancient device with keys caught his eye.  He dragged it to the floor, inserted paper, and tapped away.

Phyllis discovered the pull-down stairs and quickly ascended.  The typewriter sat alone on the floor.

I should have destroyed that thing, she chided herself before reading what her son had typed.

There was a boy who travelled far.

“Oh dear, how far is far, and into what century did he go?!”

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was taken by Jeff Arnold.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit HERE.

 

 

 

45 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    A lovely idea – a time-travelling typewriter! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Iain! I’d really like to have one right about now. =)

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Great take on the prompt, Brenda

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    1. Thanks so much, Neil! =)

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  3. Dear Brenda,

    I”m amazed that he knew what to do with the typewriter. I’d like to hear more of this story. Imaginative and well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle. I’m really happy the story sparked your interest to know more. =)

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  4. That would be fun, a typewriter that transports you to other times and worlds. In a sense that’s what it does when we write.

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    1. It would be a fun way to travel, adding the other worlds idea as well. Writing does indeed do the same. Thanks, Michael! =)

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  5. Ann Coleman says:

    You know, I think if I found a typewriter like that in my attic, I’d type on it too! Any year but 2020…..
    Nice story!

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    1. Thanks, Ann, and I wholeheartedly agree. The year 2020 has gotten off to a terrible start. I hope you and your family are well!

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  6. draliman says:

    Oh dear, what a palaver! She doesn’t seem too broken up about it, so I’m sure he’ll be back with stories to tell 🙂

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    1. She didn’t want him to find it, but he did and certainly will return with lots to tell. He’ll also want to use it again and again. I know I would! =)

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  7. plaridel says:

    i wonder if he’d be able to come back. 🙂

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    1. Don’t worry, he’ll be back with adventures to share. =)

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  8. msjadeli says:

    I love your fantastical tale.

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    1. I’m so happy that you did and thank you for letting me know!! =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome!

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  9. Great story – great, unexpected ending, Brenda. Loved it. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan. I’m happy the story caught you by surprise. =)

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  10. Tannille says:

    Fantastic concept. A great set up with a longer story. Unless he can be written home?

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    1. Hmm, I’ll have to ponder that. Good idea! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tale, Tannille!

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  11. susanmehr says:

    Great take on the prompt.

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan! =)

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  12. Clever idea and a great write.

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    1. That makes me smile. Thanks so much, Anthony!

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  13. granonine says:

    Ah, that made me smile. I hope he has an excellent adventure 🙂

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    1. I’m very happy to make you smile, Linda!! He will indeed …

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  14. subroto says:

    The mom in her is probably worried if he has clean underwear for this journey and packed something to eat.

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    1. Haha … I like that. It’s so true!

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  15. James McEwan says:

    I like the idea of a Time Travelling Portal through a typewriter, but then again look at all the history books that have been typed.

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    1. Very true! Maybe those who wrote about the future, sci-fi or magical stories, actually had a time traveling typewriter and know some things we don’t!

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  16. I loved this and I so want to know where it has taken him!

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    1. Thanks so much, Clare. I’m happy to have piqued your curiosity! =)

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  17. Russell says:

    The start of a grand adventure!

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    1. For sure, Joe will have tales to tell when he returns. His mother will worry in the meantime, but that’s as it should be. =)

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  18. Dale says:

    Oooh! Lemme try! I know where I want to go!

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    1. I have a few places and times in mind too! =)

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  19. Oh yes she should have taken that away… will she try to type her way into the past to find her son?

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    1. No, she knows he needs to find his own way, have his own adventures, though she was hesitant for him to find the device in the first place. He’ll travel, have stories, and she’ll worry until he’s safely back!! =)

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  20. The Calgon typewriter as in Calgon, take me away….

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    1. Oh my goodness, I love it!! I remember those commercials.

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  21. Sandra says:

    Excellent idea for further development. Well done.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra. I’ll add it to the list. I already have a longer version of the story. =)

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  22. Lynn Love says:

    I live that idea, Brenda. Of course, now I want one too 😄. Imaginative take on the prompt

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynn! =)

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