FFftPP–The Adventurer’s Book

Posted: February 19, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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There it was. You could see the corner of the folded yellowed parchment sticking out of the torn lining of the battered book.

This was it. The thing you’d searched for for so long. The thing that had consumed your every waking thought, had dominated your mind. The thing that had almost driven you to madness. The thing that had ruined your life as you pushed everything, everyone, away in pursuit of your obsession.

And now…

Now you can just reach out and take it, folded up so nicely in the old book. It almost seems  to glow.

For a moment, you hold back. What if after all this searching, there’s nothing?

But you know there’s only one way to find out. You stretch out your hand and pick up the battered book, running your fingers along the ancient spine.

It’s just lain here in this dusty bookshop for fifty years. Nobody had any idea what it was. Just an odd little volume with a loose page tucked inside.

Carefully, you open the cover and see the words that make your heart leap.

Property of Sir Jonathon Thunder.

This is his book. His last secret.

You pull out the parchment. The map.

Tears stream down your face as you read the word at the top of the page, sprawled in black ink.


Word Count: 200

This is my entry for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner Week 8.Thank you to rogershipp for running the challenge. Image is from publicdomainarchive.com.

Also, anyone who gets my reference is awesome and had a similar childhood to mine.


  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Wow. Amazing story. The way you tell it from first person view really creates a vivid image of this person’s wonder and disbelief at finally finding the map to Atlantis — something so many have strived to find. Really enjoyed this one 🙂

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  2. Fabulous! What could be better than finding a map to the lost continent, Atlantis! Great story!

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  3. “Great story,” she said, “We do have treasure maps in mind.”
    “Oh,” she added, “our childhoods must have been dissimilar as I didn’t know there was a reference, let alone ‘get’ it.”
    “Something to do with the name or Atlantis?,” she continued.

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    • “Thank you,” he replied.
      “Oh,” he added, “they probably were because I had a very odd childhood. Johnny Thunder was a LEGO character who was basically an Australian Indiana Jones. It was a fairly obscure reference, but I have a lot of good childhood memories of those LEGO sets and the books, comics, and games, so I thought it would be fun to throw in a reference.”
      “Huh,” he realized. “Commenting in dialogue is really fun.”


  4. The Voice says:

    Exciting! Now I’m ready to lace up my boots and head out. When do we leave?

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  5. jademwong says:

    Omg my heart was pounding a bit reading this. The mystery of Atlantis! I’d definitely read more of this if you chose to write more.

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  6. rogershipp says:

    Found, at last! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. […] to not be a serial story – and I think I succeeded – this is a sequel (of sorts) to “The Adventurer’s Book.” I’ve finally done one of those many follow-ups I said I might […]


  8. […] originally came from a couple of Flash Fiction prompt responses I wrote. People suggested that they could be a longer story […]


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