Friday Fictioneers – Oil

Photo Prompt © Nick Allen

Mirrors glittered in the great hall, images of his opponent marching away in regiments to the ends of the world. Yet Henderson was not overawed by the infinite Vizier, for a similar legion marched at his side.

On the table between the statesmen, pleasant valleys, ripe fields and great cities. And a pen. The Vizier drew a line around a spired settlement. Henderson took a bustling port. Watching counsellors sighed like wind in the forest.

The Vizier said, “Let us sup and be at ease, Excellency. It’s going to be a long day.” He clapped his hands.



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

78 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Oil

  1. Since the first oil was discovered near Titusville, Pennsylvania, there have been armies fighting over it. It’s full value, of course, was not understood yet. When it was, the financial kings took over. I love the way you have fantasized what has been quite gruesome over the years.

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  2. This makes me think of the great conflicts and their reluctant settlements, with each side needing to feel victorious ( or at least needing to save face) while making concessions.

    For some reason i imagined they were bickering over Vienna after the turks invaded the last time. Nothing to do with oil though.

    Perhaps this is more like the superpowers waiting with baited breath while the arctic and antarctic melt, freeing upthe oil reserves hidden beneath…

    I love the multiple mirror effect.

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