Friday Fictioneers – Portal

Photo Prompt © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This just couldn’t be right. It offended against everything I’d ever heard.

“You’re kidding, surely?”

“Why?” Ka’arsnak waved a tentacle. I’d learned this signalled irritation. “What’s wrong?”

“The portal opens into a shower?”

The tentacle waved more vigorously. “You wanted maybe a waterfall? Rainbows? Heavenly choirs?”

“Well, it’s not, you know, dignified. Not believable.”

The choking gargle was its way of expressing sarcastic mirth. “An angel with green skin and eight tentacles you can accept, but not a doorway through a bathroom? Get over it, you’re dead. Time to go. Chop-chop.”


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65 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Portal

  1. Ka’arsnak doesn’t sound very angelic either. Full marks for demystifying angels. I am beginning to wonder now if my surly neighbour is one? :/ Loved your very imaginative take. Great idea having a portal in a shower. Hide it in plain sight 🙂

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  2. Made me smile, Neil. And yes, I’m sure if angels were a reality they would be completely different from the image many people have. I imagine them short tempered – with swords. Nicely done


  3. I’d have struck out right off by not accepting an angel with green skin and tentacles. I’d far rather have Reepicheep, but something tells me this portal won’t get you to Narnia. Atlantis maybe? Well written, Neil. Nice knowing you. 🙂

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