Paula is our guest host for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge this week while he is recuperating from his Hip injury.
This week’s photo is credited to darksouls1 on Pixabay. It depicts a seated man staring at a glowing globe. The background is dark and hazy, but you can faintly see wall-to-wall shelves filled with books.
Here’s my take:
Geography was never his good point, but he’d been told to check out the local library, aisle 6 and look at the globe.
Intrigued, he did as he was bid and lo and behold, found a rather dull looking orb nestled amongst the atlases.
He picked it up and carried it to the desk but as he sat down in the chair, the orb grew warm in his hands and began to glow.
The library just vapoured away leaving him in a golden bubble looking down on the Earth. As the orb began to vibrate, he was given the best geography lesson of his life, watching the antelope, zebras, elephants and lions of Africa in their natural habitat, only to be whisked away seconds later to Greenland bordering on the Antarctic ocean and the shores of Canada.
For the next hour he was transported everywhere in the world, then the orb began to fade and he found himself in the library once more.
The next day he commented about his adventures and the old man looked confused.
‘Didn’t you find the globe in aisle 6 as I told you?’
‘Yes,’ he said ‘and it began to glow in my hand.’
‘Nay lad. You wouldn’t have been able to lift it, it’s made of solid stone and stands on a concrete plinth.’
Wow, I wonder what he found
Great ending!! Magical.
Very interesting story Di.
Magic works that way all the time… (smiling to my self)
I’ve always wanted to travel the world on a budget. Where can I get one of those orbs? 🙂
Haha. Think there would be quite a queue and the nearest thing is the internet I guess!!
I loved the magic and mystery in this story.