The Dance – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about an ancient creature, begins after the photo.

Speculative Fiction/Humor

Photo by: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The Dance

Aruthusol danced an ancient dance. He danced expertly, but no one noticed.

They were too busy staring into their cell phones and tablets, almost ignoring him completely.

There was a time when folk appreciated campfire demons. Aruthusol’s dance was older than people, and they would watch his flaming limbs move with rapt attention. Soon, the people would get up and they would dance too. Together, they would boogie the whole night long. Back then, Humans knew how to party.

But now, they’d installed a TV…at a campsite! The insult!

Scowling, he leaped upon a tent. They’d pay attention now!.
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Each week, the Friday Fictioneers join together at the campsite and sit at the fringe of the fire imagining frightfully fun foibles for flash fiction. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields offers up a photo, like the one above and invites us all write based upon it. Won’t you join us? The prompt, and more stories may be found here: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/5-september-2014/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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47 Responses to The Dance – Friday Fictioneers

  1. I like that Aruthusol guy. Maybe you can send him to Palo Alto? πŸ˜›

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  2. Not just demons dislike being ignored for technology, although most of us aren’t quite as destructive in response as I fear he’ll be. And TV’s at campsites aren’t high on my list of favorite things, either.

    janet

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    • EagleAye says:

      Indeed. I think it’s weird when I see people arrive at a cafe and they both begin fiddling with their cell phones, seemingly ignoring each other. What gives? And too much tech at a campsite, is that really “camping” at that point? I think we should be careful to appreciate, and pay attention to, the natural forces around us. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Lyn says:

    Aruthusol had better watch himself. If they have televisions at the camp site, they probably also have fire extinguishes. He’d be better off kissing their fingertips, or perhaps their ears. That would get their attention. Poor guy, no one has any respect for a hardworking fire spirit these days πŸ˜‰

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    • EagleAye says:

      He’s not worried. Campfire demons get put out all the time. It goes with the territory. Being ignored (not respected) was the worse thing for him. I agree that folk should pay more respect for their local campfire demon. They’re older than us, after all. πŸ˜‰

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  4. Archon's Den says:

    That’ll teach those techno-texters. I worship Aruthusol, feed him well, and never look away. Hooray for the old ways and days. Well done! πŸ˜†

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    • EagleAye says:

      Me too! One of the great joys of camping is staring into the fire at night. It’s great to hear you do that too. It’s good to pay attention to the campfire, especially if it might burn your camp down if you don’t. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Dear Eric,

    A sign of the times. But then we don’t recognize it unless someone posts a meme on Facebook or sends it in a text message. A TV at the campsite. I’ve seen that, too. Hate it.

    I’m not sure if your story’s humor or tragedy. Well done.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. I’m not sure either. If I ever see someone replacing a campfire with a TV set showing a campfire, that’ll be the real tragedy. Some people just don’t get the idea of roughing it. Thanks so much for the read! πŸ™‚

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  6. Dance like no one’s watching. In this case they’re not and they’re the ones missing out–Aruthusol is free and happy.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yup. All a campfire demon really wants is for people to enjoy and maybe stand up and dance too. That’s not so much to ask. If people don’t enjoy, well things might get a little hot, *ahem* Thanks so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  7. I love this angry little demon. Despite him setting fire to tents I rather like him.

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  8. Well that is one way of getting their attention. I’m with Aruthusol, they should have been paying attention to the campfire (and the campfire demon) πŸ˜‰

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  9. New Rule #1 aound the campfire:

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  10. rgayer55 says:

    Amen to that, Eric. Can’t people just put the electronic devices aside for one night?

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  11. BrainRants says:

    Well done. A great commentary on our times, done with humor.

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  12. Dee says:

    Liked this one Eric, that’ll teach ’em to watch boring TV!

    Dee

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  13. Eric, When that tent goes up in flames, they’ll have something else to watch for a while. πŸ˜€ Humorous and well written. πŸ™‚ —Susan

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  14. tedstrutz says:

    Eric… I cannot think of a finer response to this prompt photo. Nice work indeed.

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  15. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Eric, Aruthusol is quite ornery. Now everyone is dancing around and hunting a fire extinguisher! or water – no beer or vodka – Great story Eric – just wonderful!
    Nan πŸ™‚

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Exactly! Arythusol is much happier when folks are running around, hands flailing, just like they do when they’re dancing. πŸ˜‰ Glad you had fun with this one, and thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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  16. Excellent and sharp tale! Must remember to switch my phone off next time I’m near a campfire. πŸ™‚

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  17. Indira says:

    So true people really have forgotten how to enjoy party and campfire. TV and cell phones at campsite. A disgrace indeed. Excellent story.

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  18. LucyJartz says:

    My dad always takes us camping where there is no signal or electric service to recharge the little boxes. We found plenty of entertainment watching the flames dance, or the grass wave in the breeze, or light sparkle through a mosaic of leaves. If we got up early, and stayed still, we could watch moose ponderously pull up weeds from the shallow marsh until noisier people stir.

    Your tale has a blend of romanticism and resentment. It’s a nice little bit of a story.

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