Friday Fictioneers – Enchantment


Photo Prompt © Dale Rogerson

Everything emits time, not only people. That’s what Elmer told me. He says it’s just that some time is so slow we can’t perceive it, like India rumpling Asia as it smashes in. And some is too fast, like a neutrino.

And then I spot one – a neutrino – spearing into the snow by the streetlamp, a microscopic meteorite which buries itself with a hiss and a breath of ozone.

“I see time. Deep time, wept by a neutron star.” I run forward.

The plates of past and future slide past each other. I look away, and the long instant collapses.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

94 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Enchantment

  1. A lovely, literary take on time perception – something that’s always fascinated me too. I love the idea of being able to see a neutrino – I want to know more about a character that can see the microscopic with the naked eye. Great writing

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  2. This is a fascinating, thought-provoking piece. It’s true that we can only perceive time and its effects in a thin part of its wide spectrum. Much as we can only see the narrow range of visible light from the much wider electromagnetic spectrum.
    The idea of seeing neutrinos or being aware of tectonic movement is intriguing – how would our minds cope with something so out of our normal range? Did he see one or only believe that he did?
    Thanks for a really good piece, and as others have said, I loved how you interpreted that one detail.

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  3. Wow, Neil! This was quite a memorable read! I don´t think I can forget this story ever. It was engrossing and fascinating to say the least. Love how far fetched you went with this one..Who would have thought of India looking at this Brilliant! Looking forward to your next! Cheers 🙂

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