Friday Fictioneers — Alternate Histories, Time to Choose


In 2092, Sergeant Major Sullivan, aged 28, attended the grand opening of a museum housing  previously looted antiquities recaptured from The Enemy. One such antiquity was an ornate, rather hefty cast iron light fixing. During a speech delivered by General Kahn, head of the United European Federation Army, the fixing came away from the ceiling and plummeted down onto Sullivan’s head, killing him outright.

The alternate history was that in 2092, Sullivan attended the same museum opening, but as an enemy operative. Thus, the antiquity killed General Kahn instead and started World War Three.

In 2093, scientists invented a time machine in both alternatives.


Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
Photo Prompt: Image © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

26 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Alternate Histories, Time to Choose”

    1. Just wish we could have more influence upon those in power. There’s too much violence out there, along with further dangerous posturing and game-playing. It makes the characters in “Game of Thrones” seem like pussycats in comparison to the sabre-toothed world leaders in real life!

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      1. Indeed. I was doing stuff yesterday and realised I didn’t submit a story! Now I’m wondering if I should even bother…

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      2. Never too late. You could title it Friday Fictioneers on Sunday” or whatever! I mean some people post their stories on Wednesdays or Thursdays, once the photo prompt is up. It really depends if you’re inspired or have time this week. It’s certainly not compulsory, although I always enjoy your offerings 🙂

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    1. Dear Rochelle
      Thank you.
      Likewise, I’m forever fascinated with time travel and alternative reality themes. In fact my first attempt at writing a novel was a time-travel romance.
      There is something about time travel that makes one’s head spin. I think it’s the vast number of possibilities and this feeling of never quite grasping the one proverbial nut and bolt that will make the whole concept fall into place and become clear.
      Not sure that I’m explaining myself properly, but hope you know what I mean!
      All best wishes


    1. I pointed out to Mister the other day, when he took me for a spin in his sports car, that on that very stretch of road along which we were speeding, there were countless multiverses. He’s quite used to my random comments!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I think there are so many mysteries that we’ll never know in our lifetimes because we’re not meant to, but perhaps in the hereafter all those multiple dimensions will be revealed to us! It’s fun to surmise.

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