Another Time Round #Friday Fictioneers

My hands shook as I set the cane in front of me and stepped inside the thrift store.
I glanced at the book section as I headed deeper into the shop.  Every title was in perfect condition.
Nearby, I saw legions of coffee mugs as shiny as the day they were made.
I glanced down an aisle.
Wedding dresses, row upon row of them.
“What is this place?” I asked.  “Who wants to buy an old wedding dress, anyway?”
“Old for now,” said the twentysomething behind the counter.  “That’s our business, you know.”
“Repairing dresses?”
“Rewinding time,” she said.


My birthday approaches…the big one zero.  Yep, I’m about to turn 10.  Granted, that’s in the Angosey numbering system.  So what age am I about to turn in Roman numerals?  I will give you a hint.  It’s a perfect number.  No, really.  Anyway…Every Friday, writers from all around the world write 100 word (or thereabouts) flash fiction based on a photo posted that Wednesday on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

I welcome constructive criticism; without it I cannot grow as a writer.  The weekly photo that inspired this story is below:


About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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23 Responses to Another Time Round #Friday Fictioneers

  1. Jan Brown says:

    Rewinding time is a great concept–and this is a great little story!

    Happy birthday! I assume it is your 28th, because the next higher perfect number is 496, and that would make you as old as Russell, aka Methuselah 😉

  2. ladyharvey says:

    I wonder if the twentysomething can rewind time on people, perhaps on herself? Very interesting concept which I hope you explore further as I want to know what happens next! I wrote “rewinding time” in my random notes collection called my “journal” to ponder on. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. helenmidgley says:

    I love the idea of rewinding time, great job 🙂

  4. I loved this. I found it completely mystifying, yet terribly gratifying. I love the idea of a shop dedicated to rewinding time and I would like to live in there now. However I have this to say:
    “Scientists have proven that the more birthdays you have, the longer you will live.”

  5. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Danny,

    Stay away from my territory. There’s only room in this town for one paradox. (Loved your last line.)



  6. Dear Danny,

    If Jan’s calculation’s correct and you’re 28 I have shoes older than you. Happy birthday.

    I like the concept of rewinding time.



  7. Sarah Ann says:

    Happy birthday. I loved the idea of rewinding time, but I’m happy for my books to be a bit battered.

  8. billgncs says:

    happy birthday — 28 is about perfect – enjoy, live, love and laugh.

  9. Ditto to all the comments. Enjoy your birthday.

  10. Yes, bring on that rewinding time! It’s about time someone came up with rewinding time. (Oh, and Happy Birthday! In my case, birthdays are a principal part of that time I’m trying to rewind.)

  11. rgayer55 says:

    Happy Birthday, Danny. I see Methuselah did stop by to comment. He and I could both use a little rewinding on our clocks.

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