It’s About Time

May 30, 2018 at 4:47 pm 36 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 1 June 2018

Note: I’ve reached a milestone this week. It’s my 200th. Many thanks to you, Rochelle, for being a generous host and critic, and to all of you who have patiently read my stories. It’ll be a stretch to make it to 300th. But you’ll never know.

Connie Gayer

Photo Credit: Connie Gayer
From nowhere he came and occupied an abandoned shack in the village.

He was tall and ruggedly handsome. With his long white hair and beard, he could be Moses himself.

Every morning he’d go out to the yard and start digging. It didn’t take long for it to become filled with holes.

A curious onlooker once asked him what he was looking for.

“I’ll know it when I find it,” he answered.

One day, the cops arrived to return him to the mental institution where he had escaped.

“It’s about time,” he cried. “I’m getting tired of all the digging.”

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36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christine Goodnough  |  May 30, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Maybe he was searching for his senses? πŸ˜‰

  • 4. neilmacdon  |  May 31, 2018 at 12:57 am

    that made me smile

    • 5. plaridel  |  May 31, 2018 at 9:32 am


      what a nice compliment. thank you.

  • 6. Sandra  |  May 31, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I should imagine it would be an enormous relief to be returned from whence he came.

    • 7. plaridel  |  May 31, 2018 at 9:32 am


      it must be. besides he was running out space to dig. πŸ™‚

  • 8. Susan A Eames  |  May 31, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Fantastic story – you’ve managed to convey a whole, intriguing life in just a few words. I really loved reading this.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    p.s. congrats on reaching 200

    • 9. plaridel  |  May 31, 2018 at 9:31 am


      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

  • 10. rochellewisoff  |  May 31, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    This made me laugh. I couldn’t help hearing the Beatles singing, “Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall…”

    It has been a pleasure to watch you grow as a writer. Congratulations on the 200 mark.



    • 11. plaridel  |  May 31, 2018 at 9:31 am


      i couldn’t have done it without you. thank you for everything.

  • 12. draliman  |  May 31, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Poor guy! Good job they arrived before he collapsed.

    • 13. plaridel  |  May 31, 2018 at 9:30 am


      it was just in time. πŸ™‚

  • 14. Dale  |  May 31, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Great take, Plaridel.
    I imagine if you don’t know why you are doing something, it must be a relief to be taken away from it…

    • 15. plaridel  |  May 31, 2018 at 9:30 am


      it was a great relief, indeed.

  • 16. Keith's Ramblings  |  May 31, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or not! But I did. Nice 200th!

    Click to read my FriFic tale

    • 17. plaridel  |  June 1, 2018 at 9:11 am


      i truly understand what you mean. πŸ™‚

  • 18. pennygadd51  |  May 31, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Nice story, Plaridel. A neat little twist at the end.

    • 19. plaridel  |  June 1, 2018 at 9:11 am


      you’re very kind. thank you.

  • 20. Norma  |  June 1, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Good that he was taken to the place where he belonged. Some relief from that digging he was doing.

    • 21. plaridel  |  June 1, 2018 at 9:10 am


      it was a hopeless exercise on his part. he needed a break. πŸ™‚

  • 22. Liz Young  |  June 1, 2018 at 4:49 am

    A harmless lunatic, though, not like some who have been let loose on the world. Naming no names.

    • 23. plaridel  |  June 1, 2018 at 9:10 am


      they caught him just in time. πŸ™‚

  • 24. Sarah Ann  |  June 1, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Sad to hear he’s going back to the institution, but if he’s tired of all the digging he must have been out a good while. The saying, ‘a change is as good as a rest,’ seems to fit this character.

    • 25. plaridel  |  June 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      sarah ann:

      at this point, he might as well. πŸ™‚

  • 26. jillyfunnell  |  June 1, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Maybe Moses was looking for his tablets?

    • 27. plaridel  |  June 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm


      it was very perceptive of you. finally, somebody had figured what the fuss was all about. πŸ™‚

  • 29. Donna B. McNicol  |  June 1, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Now THAT was a twist!!

    • 30. plaridel  |  June 2, 2018 at 10:00 am


      it’s very generous of you. thank you for reading.

  • 31. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  June 1, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Lol … he was growing tired of all these work.
    Nicely done 😊
    Isadora 😎

    • 32. plaridel  |  June 2, 2018 at 10:00 am


      he couldn’t stop on his own. glad the authorities came to pick him up. πŸ™‚

  • 33. k rawson  |  June 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Looking for his sanity, I guess. Congrats on your 200th FF!

    • 34. plaridel  |  June 4, 2018 at 2:39 pm


      thank you for you kind comment. much appreciated.

  • 35. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  June 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Ha.. good that he never tried to fill the holes.

    • 36. plaridel  |  June 4, 2018 at 2:38 pm


      thank goodness. πŸ™‚


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