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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

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

  1. Dale on said:

    Hmmm… Let us ensure WW3 does not come to pass!

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    • 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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      • Dale on said:

        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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      • 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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      • Dale on said:

        I will probably write one as my Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake bakes…😜

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  2. Either way, General Kahn is in for a major headache. Let’s let it happen AND save lots of other lives!

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  3. You always surprise me Sarah with your unique ideas – think I’d have to vote for WW3 and hope that was for the best.

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  4. Dear Sarah,

    Stories involving time travel and alternate realities have always fascinated me. Your story is no exception. Good job!



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    • 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


  5. And into the future we go. Though I hope that it doesn’t bring about a WW3.

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  6. I would actually try to fix that chandelier.. neither alternative appeals to me.

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  7. Tell you what: give me the Time Machine, screw all those guys, and I’ll take me back to when I was 22. That’s a great use of a time machine! (I wouldn’t mind meeting a few Eloi along the way too.)

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  8. Inventive stuff. Well done.

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  9. oh my!! I find parallel universes very disruptive!! Great story Sarah!

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  10. Susan Langer on said:

    Very good story. There are multiple dimensions wherever we go.:)

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    • 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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