The artefact

The rays of light from the torch cut through stale air of the secret chamber. Specks of dust scintillated in its sheen.

Professor Detlev Hörder gasped.

“Diz iz de crown of my career. De Holy Grail”,

Carla Wachtler sighed; she was sick with digging and tired of his ranting and she hated sand between her toes.. She went closer to the artefact and examined it closer.

“Hmm, it looks brand new, professor”.

Detlev rolled his eyes. How thick could the woman be?

“But it iz GOLD, it iz holy.”

“Professor, there is a label saying it is made in China.”

Sometimes you go with your first impressions. I saw some kind of chalice rather than a lamppost. So from there I went to this lame tale filled with cliches. Hope you enjoy, if not you need more eggnog or mulled wine.

Friday Fictioneers is curated by Rochelle, and I think I joined five years ago in this writing group. The task is simple, write what you see (or don’t see) and use hundred words.

November 13, 2017

71 responses to “The artefact

  1. Dear Björn,

    Your interpretation of the ‘rules’ is brilliant. It is all about what you see (or don’t see). 😉 You have me wondering about that “artifact”. Well done.



  2. I just like that you called De the Holy Grail. 🙂

    My favorite part is the opening paragraph. It reminds me of Harry Potter.

  3. Seems like the Professor could use Carla’s insights — she clearly knows where to look to get to the bottom of something (ha ha). Also, now this looks like a chalice to me, too: good call.

  4. This story made me laugh. I actually did that with an article I had taken to an antiques fair and as the valuer was waxing lyrical about what it was I spotted the made in sign and told the entire audience without thinking. thanks for the memories.

  5. Pop goes the Professor’s claim 😀 I couldnt help wondering if the prof was duped or trying to pull a fast one? And entertaining and unique take on the prompt

  6. Ha! Ha! Actually not that far off from the truth if you go by this report
    Of course everything is based on demand and supply. At the end of the 19th century, when the first small, attractive Tanagra figurines were found in Greece, the market very shortly was flooded with a myriad of fraudulent Tanagra terra-cotta statuettes.

  7. Poor Prof. Detlev. Great character sketch, Bjorn. I have had the pleasure of knowing some eccentric learned men like Prof. Detlev.

  8. Such fun – no egg nog required. The voices and characters in this are great. Although I think Carla needs to ditch the professor, or maybe give him glasses for Christmas.

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