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Friday Fictioneers, 15 February 2013: History Revealed

There’s nothing like getting your brain wrapped around a great photo. Friday Fictioneers is great for that! Here’s this week’s image:

Copyright: David Stewart

My 100-word gem added to the crown that is Rochelle’s Linky this week is called “History Revealed:”

As you walk through the esplanade, be sure to stop and review the display. Their placement is a historical mystery; archeologists surmise that they were frozen in time in the late 21st century, during the Last Great War. They were discovered 50 years ago in the middle of this historically-accurate city replica and have been referred to as modern versions of the Tollond Man and other bog people. Thanks to our technology, you can safely stand by and take a photo to show your relatives back home. See how they appear so life-like? Right, next on the tour: gift shop. 



  1. deanabo February 16, 2013 1:38 am

    I love how you spun this prompt! Very nice.

    • AR Neal February 16, 2013 1:40 am

      Thank you so much 🙂

  2. glossarch February 16, 2013 1:42 am

    I really liked your story. I especially get a kick out of preserving modern day Seoul as a “historically accurate city replica.” It is strangely fitting – there are ancient palaces amongst the skyscrapers in that city, which I found kinda bewildering.

    • AR Neal February 16, 2013 1:51 am

      Thank you, Danny! I saw such contrast in the photo and you describe it well!

  3. Sandra February 16, 2013 8:22 am

    Excellent! and a great link to a really interesting article. Amazing the way that body had been preserved. Thanks for adding to my store of information today. 🙂

    • AR Neal February 16, 2013 3:33 pm

      You are most welcome, Sandra!

  4. k~ February 16, 2013 10:22 am

    A futuristic peek into a past presumed… well played!

  5. rochellewisoff February 16, 2013 11:18 am

    I want to say chilling, but it’s more than that. Eerie and well written. Sorry yo sound cliche-ish. Suffice it to say I liked this piece. 😉

    • AR Neal February 16, 2013 3:38 pm

      Thank you, Rochelle! And special thanks goes to my Christopher for the final two words that helped tie it together: gift shop 🙂

  6. sustainabilitea February 16, 2013 1:48 pm

    A. R., I love the way you compared them to bog people. That’s thinking outside the box!

    Enjoy the weekend,


    • AR Neal February 16, 2013 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Janet! I ‘saw’ bog people when I started… 🙂

      • sustainabilitea February 16, 2013 3:52 pm

        Hopefully that’s not like “I see dead people” from “The Sixth Sense!”


        • AR Neal February 16, 2013 5:04 pm

          Hahahaha! Maybe a little 🙂

          Andree’ Robinson-Neal, EdD

          “Seek peace, and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14b)”

  7. lingeringvisions February 16, 2013 2:15 pm

    Yes, that was pretty cool. I kind of want to go there.

    • AR Neal February 16, 2013 3:42 pm

      With a name like “lingering visions,” of course you do! Sounds like a time machine visit to me 🙂

      • lingeringvisions February 16, 2013 6:43 pm

        Snap! Pow! Crackle! There went my brain! I think you sparked something. 😉

        • AR Neal February 16, 2013 7:15 pm

          Haha! Thought I smelled brain-works… 🙂

  8. Bee February 16, 2013 4:48 pm

    Awesome take on the prompt! Your story reminds me a bit of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

    • AR Neal February 16, 2013 5:03 pm

      Ah, yes, Bee! I hadn’t thought of “Handmaid’s!” Thank you!

      Andree’ Robinson-Neal, EdD

      “Seek peace, and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14b)”

  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) February 17, 2013 11:43 am

    Wonderful. Yes to the future there would be no big difference between us and bog-people. Come to think about it, there is a similarity between the statue and the Pompeii people.

    • AR Neal February 17, 2013 3:36 pm

      Very true! Hadn’t thought about Pompeii!

  10. Abraham February 19, 2013 7:52 am

    Nicely mysterious. Could make a whole new story.

    • AR Neal February 19, 2013 6:34 pm

      Thank you, Abraham!

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