Flash Fiction #94

Antiques

PHOTO PROMPT © Mary Shipman

HARD-TIME MACHINE

They’d spent a wonderful week at the little lakeside tourist town when he finally succumbed to curiosity about the sign. It read;

TAKE A TRIP IN A TIME MACHINE
Shuttle Leaves At
9:00AM 11:00 AM 1:00PM 3:00PM

The psychedelically-painted hippie love-bus dropped them off at a moribund factory, next to another bright sign declaring;

Welcome to Terri’s Temporal Temple
Come on in and see how your
ancestors lived 150 years ago
(And our Amish neighbors still do)

It was a cute come-on for a ratty little antique shop, but the tour was educational. Our pioneer ancestors worked hard! Vive technology!

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20 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #94

  1. BrainRants says:

    Nothing like slaughtering a pig to have bacon to keep someone grounded.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Oooh, bacon….were you saying something?
      While I wouldn’t want to have to make my own bacon, I have toured the big J.M.Schneider meat-packing plant, a mile from LadyRyl’s house. It brought to mind the saying about making both laws and sausage. 😯

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  2. Mike says:

    Viva technology indeed.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      A recent visitor commented about a reference I made about jumper cables for cars. The young folk won’t even know what I’m talking about. So many of us have forgotten, or never knew, how good we have it. 😛

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  3. wmqcolby says:

    Pretty nice concept, really. I had to laugh at the shuttle for the time machine — I thought, maybe it leaves tomorrow and comes back today.
    Anyway, nice story!

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  4. The Voice says:

    I love the marketing for this place…lol. And yes, “the good old days” weren’t always so good. Nice story!

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    • Archon's Den says:

      While this one isn’t ‘real’, I’ve seen similar marketing, born of desperation in dying small towns.
      I’ve published posts of my childhood in a small town, 60/70 years ago, and I am appalled at how hard my mother had to work, without all the labour-saving devices we take for granted now.
      A half-century-old joke, that can’t be told today;
      My wife complained about how hard she had to work, so I bought her an electric washer and dryer, an electric stove, an electric mixer, an electric iron. Then she complained that the place was so crowded that she didn’t have any place to sit down, so I got her an electric chair. 😯

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  5. oldentimes says:

    Archon! 5 quill pens! EXCELLENT!

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  6. IfeomaO says:

    Loved this. Catchy and well described. Poor factory though- click bait or tour bait lol

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Catch their attention – then catch their wallet.
      Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! I’ve seen a couple of factories repurposed like this. One in my tourist-dependent home town, which inspired this tale, is a mini-flea market – about a dozen vendors – art, books, tools, furniture, bedding. 😯

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  7. gahlearner says:

    I love this, great idea and effective marketing.

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  8. True, Archon. Some farmer once said that sure the Amish didn’t take government money, but who wanted to work that hard. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Archon's Den says:

      On my side of the border, they’re Mennonites – same thing, different label. 😯 People who make asceticism a virtue disturb me. I didn’t buy a four-position, pulsating shower head so that I could bathe in some cold stream. 😦

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