Up with Spring!

The old man reached into his backpack.
“See these?” he said, holding up a fistful of spikes.  “Caltrops.  They stop road equipment in its tracks.”
His daughter looked at him.  “Can we go soon?”
“Yes,” he said.
He walked out into the road, splashing through a muddy trickle swirled with diesel.  He glanced down.  Cobalt, pink, green; a metal rainbow.
He shook his head and started walking back and forth, scattering fistfuls of caltrops.
“Down with the Empire!” he shouted.
“Up with Spring!” she called back.
After that, they picked their way home through the quiet dripping trees.


What’s more fun, trying to prove random properties of the dirac delta (which I’m not sure I believe in anyway) or writing fiction?   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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13 Responses to Up with Spring!

  1. Oh the Dirac dealt would be infinitely good if you could pinpoint its exact position.. Seems like father and daughter has quite a rebellion going on

    • glossarch says:

      “How could I lose something that’s infinitely tall?” Yes, I think the father’s hoping to inculcate some rebellion in his daughter; a little ironic, don’t you think?

  2. Sarah Ann says:

    If the photo is a caltrop, I can definitive see them stopping traffic. And what is the state of the father’s hand like after spreading them.

  3. a metal rainbow – Wow!!! a beautiful way to describe diesel in water.

  4. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Glossarch of Angosey, Love you story and you are so smart to have made up an entirely new language. Very clever story indeed! Thanks, Nan 🙂

  5. Danny, Creative take on the prompt. I kind of sympathize with people trying to preserve nature, even if it’s a fictional bit. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

  6. Edward Abbey in old age, perhaps? I like the way they have the two different, yet compatible outlooks (down with this, up with that) and the contrast between the muddy and the bright.


    • glossarch says:

      Thank you! Yes, “Down with the Empire/Up with Spring” is right out of Ed Abbey’s book “Hayduke Lives!” I have not read it in a while but I think it’s one of the chants during an environmentalist rally.

  7. I liked the description of the rainbow colors in the pool of diesel fuel.

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