The Mechanism Waits

Posted: March 15, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The Mechanism has always been there.

It was there when the first peoples arrived, huddling in the dark, their fires burning bright amongst the white expanse of ice and the deep shadows of old trees.

It was there when the new settlers came, faces pale and hard, hearts full of gold, guns full of lead and powder, ready to cleanse and claim by blood and fire.

It was there when they cleared the trees and raised the new houses: suburban homes, nestled together like cells in honeycomb.

And today…

Today the great hand jerks to life.

The Mechanism moves.

Word Count: 99

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and Jennifer Pendergast for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Oooh wonder what’s going to happen now it’s moving!

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  2. James says:

    I think we’re toast.

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  3. Carl Bystrom says:

    Nice. Akin to my own take on the image. = )

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  4. Lynn Love says:

    What was it waiting for? Why come to life now? This may not be a good thing! Nice build of tension and creeping dread. Gret stuff

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  5. Joy Pixley says:

    I really like this idea of the mysterious item that has been there so long, and nobody knows what it is or why it’s there, yet somehow nobody ever took it down. And of course, it eventually awakes — and no good can come from that, I’m sure!

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  6. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Nice suspenseful ending. I like a story when something benign turns out to be evil a la Stephen King.

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  7. Ominous! I would love to see you elaborate on this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. michael1148humphris says:

    If the mechanism goes into reverse. We are in deep trouble

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  9. Michael Wynn says:

    It’s finally decided the time to act has come, but is it a power for good or carnage?

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