The world beyond: Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was an unassuming door in an unassuming building but what went on inside was fascinating, even amazing. The door tinkled when opened and tinkled till closed.

Once inside, you had to adjust your eyes to see through the gloom and dust, to make your way past the piles of hessian bags and stands to the curtain made of pasta strings at the rear. It was clean back here, lighter and on the floor of polished oak, one could see all manner of creatures, sitting in a circle, playing cards with a dealer who really was a snake.

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Filed under literature, short stories

10 responses to “The world beyond: Friday Fictioneers

  1. Yep, in the poker game of life most dealers are snakes. I loved the change of expectations in the story as we progressed through the shop into the seedy back room.

  2. Things are rarely what they seem! I like this.

  3. Very evocative. Can totally feel the place… and hmmm… that would be a sight to see.

  4. I really enjoyed this one!

  5. A backroom to a Narnian world? Of course, the dealer would have to be a snake 🙂

  6. Sounds like a place “Men in Black” would be looking to visit, interview, arrest, etc.

  7. Very imaginative take. I could just see that.

  8. I really enjoyed this,.

  9. All sorts of creatures—a snakey dealer–love the imagination here 🙂

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