One Careless Owner – Friday Fictioneers, September 2020

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Thin fingers, unnervingly strong, grip my wrist.

“Put it back.  It’s not for you.”

“It’s for sale,” I protest, “it’s priced.”

She prises it from my fingers, returns it to the shelf.

Seething, I drift over to the jade carvings, still hankering for the obsidian globe.

Another customer swoops gleefully on the globe, pays and leaves the shop.

I glare at the owner.

There’s a squeal of brakes outside, a sickening thump, and I see the obsidian globe rolling back into the shop doorway.

The owner shrugs and smiles.

“It wasn’t your turn,” she says, “Shall I hold it for you?”


Phew!  I thought that was me done with Friday Fictioneers for good this morning, when I had my first encounter with Block Editor – I’d wondered what you were all talking about.  Hopefully I’ll be able to retain this Classic mode, if not…  😦  The words ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ spring to mind.  Thanks to Rochelle for her work as leader of Friday Fictioneers, our happy international band of writers.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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72 Responses to One Careless Owner – Friday Fictioneers, September 2020

  1. Dale says:

    Ohhhh Sandra! Love this. I would like to think she no longer ever wants the globe…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. neilmacdon says:

    I fear she may not have any choice about the globe now, And even if she moves to another town or country, I’m sure the shop will be there when the time comes


  3. Sue says:

    Yeeeks! Well told


  4. michael says:

    Lovely descriptions, so much said in so few words


  5. ceayr says:

    I’m utterly impressed that you do spooky and creepy as impeccably as you do everything else. Another little masterpiece.
    And I’ve been fighting with WP for ages over their new ‘improved’ editor, but to no avail.
    They refuse to accept that it is counter-intuitive and difficult to use, for those of us of a certain age, at least.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sandra says:

      You said it right there, CE – counter-intuitive. First thing my husband said about WP when he tried to create his own site. I got a tip from Rochelle to create the document with just a title, opt for the Classic Mode, there’s a little + and then close and re-open it. It automatically comes up in Classic.
      And thanks for your lovely comment. You always make me blush… or maybe that’s just the hormones.


  6. Dear Sandra,

    Oy. That last line sent a chill from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. Brilliantly told.
    Glad my tip WP tip worked for you. But what a pain.




  7. Can someone please give that globe to Trump. 🙂 Seriously, your story is seriously good, Sandra.


  8. granonine says:

    Creepy! I think I’d leave that obsidian globe alone!

    As for the Block Editor, now that I’ve been using it for a while, I’m comfortable with it. I decided to go with it because they’re just going to keep tweaking and fiddling and coming up with things that make very little sense and I figured I may as well go along for the ride 🙂


    • Sandra says:

      Good for you, Linda. It’s frustrating the little fiddling alterations they insist on incorporating. Sometimes it’s hard enough to find the time to post without having to re-learn how to do it. Thanks for reading.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. trentpmcd says:

    That globe sure acts quick! “Yes, put it on hold for me. I’ll be back in 2075 to collect it.” 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Liz Young says:

    She really doesn’t want that globe now, does she?


  11. Keep on keeping on. This is great


  12. I’ve often thought I’d like a piece of obsidian stone for its protective qualities, but now I’m having second thoughts! WordPress, the latest swear word.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Iain Kelly says:

    They can hold it for a good while! Good story Sandra. I’ve made my peace with block editor after spending a bit of time getting used to it, hope you are able to stick with it!


  14. Dora says:

    I’m coming to expect this kind of genius from you, Sandra, the kind that makes you sit back and go, “Whoof! That packed a punch!” Exquisite readerly joy here 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  15. msjadeli says:

    At least she knows what portends death and can more easily sidestep it. Good, harrowing tale. Good luck with the block editor, I went over to it last week and have been struggling with it ever since.


  16. I think she needs to settle for the venomous opal necklace…


  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Instead of death as a skeleton with a scythe, you give us a shopkeeper with an obsidian ball. Wonderful! Great twist!


  18. trishsplace says:

    Shock, horror. A little Stephen King crept in here.


  19. plaridel says:

    i don’t think she’ll be interested anymore even if it’s free. 🙂


  20. Sue says:

    Well played, Sandra! I really enjoyed this tale!


  21. doodletllc says:

    OOoo my…this is a keeper…wow!


  22. Bill says:

    Oh, that little story got my attention. Well done, Sandra.


  23. Wow, that packed a punch, great stuff. Block editor is a bloody nightmare but I seem to be getting used to it, but can guarantee Im not using it to its full extent. You’ve just got to try and make it work for yourself, you’ll get there.


  24. subroto says:

    Wow! That shopkeeper knows her stuff. It’s like she had a crystal ball 😉


  25. Oh! Wonderful! Run away. DO NOT BUY THE OBSIDIAN GLOBE!!!!


  26. draliman says:

    All of us have a globe waiting for us…
    Somehow I’m still using the same admin console and editor I started with in 2011. Shh, don’t tell anyone 🙂


  27. James McEwan says:

    Shocking in that the owner knows the outcome and deals the hand of fate for the unsuspecting.
    We all love the idea of something mysterious on those curiosity shops and make up our own superstitions to please our beliefs.


  28. I hope she never returns to that shop. As always, brilliant story, Sandra.


  29. robprice59 says:

    Clever and spooky in equal measure: well done!


  30. Nobbinmaug says:

    Ooh! I got chills.

    I thought I was the last person to get the new editor. I guess they rolled it out in… blocks.


  31. magarisa says:

    I’m intrigued by the shopkeeper. Wonder what her story is?


  32. A great, chilling story.


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