Friday Fictioneers – 46 & 2


The crystals were supposed to usher him into the next level of human evolution. He didn’t know what that would be, since no one had done it yet; maybe he would be able to see into the future, or read other people’s minds. Something, anything other than what he was.
But the crystals broke apart during shipping, and the online seller had disappeared.
He’d spent most of his money on the crystals though, and before that, he’d spent all his money on higher level consciousness classes, and before that it was something else.
Finally he found a link, to a different website, that said what he really needed was a talisman, and his heart skipped beat as he clicked the Paypal button.


Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Around 100 people participate, their stories and poems are brilliant; check them out here.


29 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – 46 & 2

  1. I can identify with the never-ending search for that ‘something’ that gives meaning and makes sense of life. I hope the talisman arrives in one piece and works for him. A follow-up story on this character might be interesting.

      • I’ve got shelves of old self-help books and talismans I can hook you up with! After I posted my comment I was thinking about the story and Dorothy’s comment at the end of the Wizard of Oz about how if she ever goes looking for her heart’s desire again she won’t go looking any farther than her back yard. That’s a little extreme (and limiting!) but wise.

  2. This reminds me how so many people are not happy with themselves and they are always seeking that which they think they need to be perfect. Companies in this type of business makes millions of dollars off of low self esteem. Excellent!

  3. King Solomon described something similar to this quest as chasing after the wind. I know people who have experimented with strange drugs, mostly mushrooms or peyote, to achieve a higher consciousness. Not for me. Great use of the prompt, Rachel.

  4. Loved it, and not just because I went in a similar direction :). You capture that subtle depression/dissatisfaction combined with the desperate need to have change… but without the knowledge or perhaps willingness to understand that change only comes from within, and by great effort.

    Great stuff.

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