Photo Copyright: Ted Strutz

Here we are once again. This week we’re gathered in a virtual park near a virtual carousel. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious, talented, and newly retired from her day job (congratualtions, Rochelle), author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields; who can now devote her time to the work she loves. We are the Friday Fictioneers. The challenge for our group each week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Ted Strutz. Thanks, Ted.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:


Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


I always thought of a carousel as a bright and lovely ride that children enjoy. Now I’m old, I’ve found there was a special one I should never have gone near.

A wizened woman stood near the vacated carousel looking ancient and harmless.

My boyfriend, George, urged me to ride.

“Go ahead,” he said, “there’s only money for one of us, and you know you want to. You love carousels.”

“Remember,” she said, after stepping forward, “time is a circle.”

When the ride stopped, and I climbed slowly off the white unicorn at age sixty, I understood what she meant.




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48 thoughts on “TIME IS A CIRCLE

    • Thanks, Plaridel. Great comment. I laughed out loud. I guess George stayed behind. You’re right, that would have been a nasty, but effective, way to both break up with her and get rid of her at the same time. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Alicia. Happy Birthday! The story is dark and unsettling. It reminds me of these stories of people who have been in a coma for years and wake up. I”m so glad you liked the story. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  1. I always loved carousels, and your story explains a lot, now I know where my life’s gone… πŸ˜‰ Seriously, this is a creepily beautiful story.


    • Thanks, Rochelle. I’m so pleased you liked the story. You’re probably what my son, a comic book collector, used to call the immortals, so you don’t have to worry about age. All signs seem to point to that. Have a great retirement and continued career with your successful writing and art. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Amy. I’m so pleased you liked the story. When I wrote it, I didn’t think of the spin backwards. If a carousel can go backwards, that might do it. It would be worth a try wouldn’t it. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  2. I perceive the wizened old woman was a witch incognito who wanted George for herself. Time is indeed a circle. We started out babbling and peeing all over ourselves and revert to that at the end.


  3. Thanks, Russell. That witch will have to ride the carousel a number of times backwards unless she’s got a magic potion to make her young. Poor George. In the way you mention, life really is a circle. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


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