The Blue Light (Friday Fictioneers, February 2014)

copyright Dawn Miller

The blue wax undulated lasciviously inside the lamp-base, shifting through periwinkle and prussian before climaxing in indigo.

“Gross!”

“Nonsense Arthur, it’s relaxing.”

She was right.  Observing the lamp, he’d slip into a deep slumber, punctuated only by the thunderous snoring that had driven her from his bed.

The wax would agitate rhythmically with his snores, until one night, gathering momentum, it eased the steel cap from the lamp, and pulsated down the table-leg before slithering quietly towards the bed.

Next morning Arthur’s wife discovered he’d turned the most perfect shade of oxford blue.   He wouldn’t have liked that… he was always a cambridge man.

For my American friends at Friday Fictioneers, you can substitute Yale and UCLA for Oxford and Cambridge.  🙂

About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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116 Responses to The Blue Light (Friday Fictioneers, February 2014)

  1. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    You are a lunatic, and not the ‘once in a blue moon’ kind. I’m glad your light is in the world.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  2. Dear Sandra,

    Now there’s some imagery going on here and a last line that nearly sent hot coffee out my nose. All the makings of a great story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. Great story Sandra ending with a great insult to any Cambridge man…well done…

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  4. A very funny story and well written. I don’t think I’ll buy any lamps in future with wax circulaitng in them.

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  5. zennjennc says:

    Love the touch of humor

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  6. Indira says:

    Funny and creepy story Sandra. Enjoyed.

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  7. The lava lamp that ate London? Theater of the absurd, horror edition. Good job.

    janet

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  8. Adam Ickes says:

    Too funny, Sandra. I got a good chuckle from the punchline.

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  9. znjavid says:

    Well written but really creepy!

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  10. Sandra, this is so wonderfully insane, I love every word of it. I’m sure there are some people whose snores would incite lava lamps to kill them (if my wife says I’m one of them, she’s lying ).
    -David

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  11. K.Z. says:

    no sandra, noooo… i have a lava lamp. and a blue one too. now i’ll never look at it the same way again! this was creepy and funny at the same time. and very strong imagery too.

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  12. I really enjoyed the imagery and the punch line was very humorous. Lovely story-telling!

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  13. helenmidgley says:

    Ha ha, that was a killer punch line, 😉

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  14. Bryan Ens says:

    This was hilarious! Who knew that lava lamps were inhabited by sentient and malevolent wax?

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  15. subroto says:

    Wow! This is great and that last sentence cracked me up.

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  16. Easy way to make one disappear. Lava lamp snafu. Good chuckle this afternoon compliments of you Sandra.

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  17. JackieP says:

    Would I be ghoulish because I laughed? haha! I loved this one Sandra.

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  18. hugmamma says:

    The best horror story! No blood and guts…just plain, old-fashioned creepy fantasy. Love it!

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  19. Glynis says:

    Ha! This was a lovely creepy, funny story. I loved it!

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  20. I loved this not just because my favorite color is (almost any shade) of blue. 🙂

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  21. That was grisly. That’s the last undulating lamp I ever buy!

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  22. Love me some lava lamps! This was very clever– not just the pun, but the whole concept of a lava lamp coming to life. I’ve often watched them and imagined they are alive. Bravo!

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  23. Fantastic twist on the promp!

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  24. storydivamg says:

    Love, love, love this! Perfect balance of fantastical and creepy. Of course he would have loved it, as I do.

    Cheers!
    Marie Gail

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  25. Death by lava lamp. I’ll have a whole new view of them now. Nicely done!

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  26. DCTdesigns says:

    Sandra the punchline was perfect. I’m glad after reading this that lava lamps are out of fashion. Now that I know they can attack like a killer blob.

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  27. Ha.. Love the joke at the end.. I have always been suspicious on lava blobs.

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  28. claireful says:

    What a wonderfully surreal story. I loved it.

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  29. That was absolutely fantastic. Plus, as a one-time Oxbridge reject, it gives me a morally questionable glow of shadenfreude.

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  30. Nan Falkner says:

    Sandra, I love it! Lava lamps – creepy, scary good! And, the reference to the Oxford Blue – so absolutely clever! You are so witty! Thanks!

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  31. draliman says:

    Wonderful story. I loved all the colours you described, and that great last line – priceless!

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  32. You paint such a vibrant image with only a few words!

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  33. JKBradley says:

    Ooh, it slithered. Nice.

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  34. Hi Sandra,
    This one is really out there. Soon to be a major Hollywood movie? This wouldn’t be the first husband killed for snoring. Ron

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    • Sandra says:

      Thank you Ron! Don’t get me started on snoring…. 😉 This isn’t the first piece where a snoring husband has been offed. Sometimes I don’t know where I get my inspiration from.

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  35. Sarah says:

    I loved the first sentence! Definitely not where I expected the story to go. Great job!

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  36. Honie Briggs says:

    All I said was, “What? Bwahahaha.” You’re full of surprises, Sandra.

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  37. unspywriter says:

    Got quite the good chuckle from that. I’ll never look at a lava lamp the same way again! 😉

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/innocent-bystander/

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  38. R. E. Hunter says:

    A very unique take on the prompt. Well done.

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  39. rgayer55 says:

    Damn, I wish I had wrote that! I loved the “climaxing in indigo” line. Even though there was a death in the family, it still left me happy instead of feeling blue.

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  40. Linda Vernon says:

    I loved this on every level. Plus I feel quite relaxed. I think you have hypnotized me. Great ending Sandra! 😀

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  41. plaridel says:

    great story. i just don’t know whether i should laugh or cry.

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  42. Whenever I read one of your stories, Sandra, I wish I could have wrote it! You do this so well. I love the creepy, blue slithering at the end. Genius!

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  43. Danny James says:

    With all due respect Sandra…..you a have a crazy imagination! He says with envy.

    DJ

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  44. Nicely done. I’ll avoid those lamps from now on.

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  45. penshift says:

    Oxford blue ftw! 😀

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    • Sandra says:

      🙂 I had to google ‘ftw’, I thought for a moment you were dyslexic. 😉 I also found that its historic meaning was something quite different to ‘an internet cheer’. It was once used by anarchists and similar rebels and meant ‘f*** the world’. There, you learn something new every day. Thanks for dropping by, I’ve just been to yours.

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  46. atrm61 says:

    Very creepy and scary with a hilarious ending Sandra-just love your style 🙂

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  47. erinleary says:

    What a way to go! Lovely ending, even for a Cambridge guy.

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  48. camgal says:

    Haha that did get me laughing 🙂 nice take on the prompt.

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  49. That was really cute. Never would have thought of that idea. Such a clever take on this prompt.

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  50. Gave me goosebumps this 😀
    Loved it!

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  51. Ha ha, I almost spewed my lunch on my monitor.

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  52. jwdwrites says:

    Fantastic little story, I absolutely loved it. Your writing is always so classy. 🙂

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  53. Sarah Ann says:

    Love this. My mind is full of the sight of seeping, creeping wax now.

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  54. Ah, a little of the dark side; I love that in a woman!

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  55. Eena says:

    I had a lava lamp once, but I don’t think it ever turned prussian. Wait, what color is that, anyway?!
    Haha nice story, Sandra!

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