Wasting Time – Sunday Photo Fiction

Photo by: Alastair Forbes

Wasting Time

It hadn’t been easy for for Admiral Marks since his Battle Group (BATGRU 13) unexpectedly slipped through a portal into another dimension of magic.

The laws of physics worked just the same in this other dimension. Every piece of technology worked just fine. Unfortunately, that meant parts still wore out, fuel was consumed at the same rate, and most importantly human beings still needed to eat. Thousands of people aboard the ships learned to become farmers in the peninsula they held on to.

In this world of magic, warlords abounded. No matter how many champions of kings Marks’ aviators and marines humiliated, none of the locals could believe anyone became powerful without magic. Conflicts happened six times before. On this day the trials continued.

The King of Walupson Haliapyna sat upon his blue throne with the red cushion across the grassy field from Admiral Marks, who sat in a battered folding chair. Within a perimeter marked by red ribbon, the King’s sorcerer, Enkilipina’Kal’Vechniraga’Gar glared through his headdress of feathers, animal skulls, and smelly hides. Across from him stood Marine Colonel Espinoza, who looked nearly as bored as Marks. Work needed to be done building the algae fuel plant and Espinoza wanted nothing to do this ‘battle of sorcerers’ ritual.

The quite large sorcerer had believed he could defeat the 5’6″ Marine physically. But after receiving a broken nose, a dislocated shoulder, and a blown out knee without the diminutive marine breaking a sweat, Enkilipina decided to go with his strength. Magic.

He held aloft a hefty, carved wooden staff. His words, translated by a magician friendly to the Admiral, were clear to his people. “This staff has lived in my family for one hundred generations!” shrieked the sorcerer. “It is named ‘Almighty Crusher of Foes, Defiler of the Enemies of the Fathers, Eater of the Souls of Outlanders, Eviscerater of Challengers to the Greater Might of Vechniraga’Gar!”

He tossed the staff onto the ground. In seconds the wood became fluid. It grew in girth and length until it became a 15-foot monitor lizard with slobbering jaws. It growled and hissed malevolently at Espinoza.

“What answer have you for my magic?” chuckled a very confident Enkilipina.

Without a word, Espinoza withdrew a .44 Magnum pistol. As the great lizard charged, Espinoza fired.

The creature’s head disappeared into a red mist, and the beast collapsed at Espinoza’s feet.

Enkilipina fell to his knees, mouth agape. “Oh great sorcerer!” he gasped at Espinoza. “What name do you give this unholy wand?”

Espinoza scowled. “It’s called, ‘Hates wasting time.’ ”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Look here to see what others wrote in answer to Alastair’s photo prompt above: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/sunday-photo-fiction-july-19th-2015/

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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30 Responses to Wasting Time – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. JSM says:

    Loved the ending!

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  2. luckyjc007 says:

    Ha Ha! Don’t take a lizard to a gun fight! Great story. 🙂

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  3. Al says:

    Love it 😀

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  4. Shilpa Garg says:

    Aha! That’s very imaginative and creative 🙂

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  5. Dave says:

    A practical demonstration of Clarke’s Third Law is always in order.

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  6. Wonderful story and great ending! You are brilliant!

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  7. Lyn says:

    Perfect! I do love it when someone rolls their eyes and pulls a gun to low away a magically conjured monster. All the good movies have a scene like that. We expect it and are disappointed when it doesn’t happen. Your stories never disappoint, Eric 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. I always loved that scene where Indiana Jones faces the flashy swordsman, and then just shoots him. 😀 I’m glad I met up with expectations. Thanks very much, Lyn!


  8. This reads like the setup scene for the novel you’re going to write! I know what I said… 🙂

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  9. And more please…much more… This setting really is marvellous! “A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur” genre novel may be in the offing… 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. This is actually the second story I wrote in this setting. I didn’t bother to look up the old characters but the places are still the same. The theme is, nobody believes they can be beaten, but Admiral Marks’ crew can do it easily. Trouble for them is keeping fed and fueled and armed. They have to do it all from scratch. I’m so glad you enjoyed the idea. I think about this often. It’s a fun daydream.


      • Sure is. There is a curious parallel with some of the early oceanic explorers who were basically isolated and on their own resources. Though the need to keep industrial tech going without the wider industrial base to support it would be challenging. Cook was lucky: he could make whatever was needed from local resources (and did when he banged the Endeavour up on the Great Barrier Reef). It would be intriguing to see how the modern navy might tackle it. (In Smith’s ‘Spacehounds of IPC’ the hero, once cast away on Ganymede, did it by rebuilding the metallurgy he needed from scratch, solo, which was absurd for one guy but I suspect the resources and equipment of a battle group might make the difference…)

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      • EagleAye says:

        Oh yeah, a lot of the early explorers and colonists seriously had to rough it and build a civilization from scratch. Kudos to them for being that tough. Leo Frankowski did a fantastic job of this from the scifi perpective with the “Crosstime Engineer” series. I suspect he’s an actual engineer so he put in more detail than I could. Still, the logistical challenges are enormous. If I do write a novel, I want to approach it with the “can do” attitude that Frankowski used. To me that’s the best side of scifi.

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      • There’s a direct parallel here with the way NZ was colonised under the “Wakefield” theory in 1840-42, trying to short-cut the “hard pioneer work” part. They didn’t. I think I can feel a blog post coming on about that… 🙂

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  10. ceayr says:

    Hugely entertaining!

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  12. Shey says:

    hahaha! Totally enjoyed this one.

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