Gateway to Adventure

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Friday Fictioneers

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I always admire the skill and patience it takes to handcraft art that produces aesthetic pleasure and brightens up our lives. Even more so when the item is an antique with a checkered history. This week’s picture reminds me of wandering through street flea markets and searching in curiosity shops for nothing in particular.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Gateway to Adventure

Carla, me and Joey loved Old Hickory’s shop. We spent Saturday afternoons enchanted by the curiosities. To us, every item oozed a magical secret.
Old Hickory frightened us with murderous tales of the polished pirate’s chest. Full of gold. He grinned. Inside is a world of dangerous dreams, and he laughed like Bluebeard himself.
One day, lifting the creaking lid, we took a peek, and heard Hickory cough and spit in the backroom.
No, we said, but Carla climbed inside looking for adventure. Don’t tell, she giggled.
For years now, Joey and me, we have stood outside praying for Carla.

30 responses to “Gateway to Adventure

  1. Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger

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  2. Dear James,

    Something tells me their wait is futile. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. I love a good mystery!

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  4. Maybe she’s off in a magical world somewhere having a great time of it!

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  5. Carla should have listened to Joey and the MC.

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  6. i think she’s in a trip of a lifetime. she won’t be back for sometime if ever. 🙂

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  7. Oh no! Old Hickory did try to warn them. I really hope Carla’s okay – but I have a bad feeling. Really fun story.

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  8. Ooooooooo creepy story. A magic chest? I wonder where she ended up. Sounds like those lads are haunted by their adventurous friend

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  9. Something tells me there’s no happy ending to this grim tale. I’m hoping for the best anyway 🙂

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  10. She’s probably down there drinking rum with Johnny Depp!

    Here’s mine!

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  11. Pandora’s Box in reverse! Well told.

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  12. The stuff of childrens’ horror stories. Beautifully done.

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  13. Oh! Spooky? Does your book Missing dwell upon the same theme?

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    • My book MISSING deals with the themes of trust and longing for family acceptance. It is set in a country village and farming community where people on the surface are kind but underneath they are concealing terrible secrets. Laura, the main character wants – by searching through her family history – to discover the whereabouts of her parents and uncovers those secrets. To say much more would spoil the pleasure of reading and finding out.

      The only spoiler I want to know is: how does the year 2020 end?

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  14. I hope Carla’s having her adventure somewhere.

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  15. Oh, I hope Carla found adventure stepping into that pirate’s chest. I’m sure she’ll return with many a tall tale!! Intriguing and magical story, James. Leaves a lot to the imagination.

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  16. Old Hickory was just waiting for the day when someone would be stup… ahem… I mean brave enough to climb in.

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  17. Adventure … it sounds like something more

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  18. My “like” button isn’t working. Frustrating. I REALLY liked this–poor Carla 🙂

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  19. Gosh! Carla went ‘missing’?
    What did Hickory say?

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