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Friday Fictioneers – Teachings

21 March, 2019

Once more, it’s FriFic O’clock. You know the score by now – Rochelle sends us all a prompt pic:

which this week comes from Dale Rogerson, and every living writer on this world and countless others composes 100 words of Flash Fiction. And then shares them over at the home of The Frog.

I gave it a go this week, and came up with this…


Originally, teaching this primitive race had been rewarding. Some basic tricks – fire, flint-napping, wheels – and they had shown great potential.

As what they called “years” passed, he taught them chemistry, astronomy, navigation, everything he could, always changing his appearance, name, voice to disguise his relative longevity from each succeeding generation.

But now, his teachings had become perverted. Whatever he showed them, they found a way to use it to destroy each other or the world they lived on. Even the glorious, innocent wheel had become a gaudy fairground frippery.

He was done, he was off.

Leave them to it.


  1. Like this, think its time to grab his coat and nick off by the sounds of it!

  2. This is a good one. It’s hard to imagine a species like that. I guess that’s what makes it fiction.

  3. Dear RG,

    Who can blame him? Clever story.



  4. gahlearner permalink

    Yup, this explains a lot. We’re way in over our heads with tech that has evolved without most of our brains following. Good take.

  5. Interesting take on the photo prompt. Loved it!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  6. Isn’t that humanity’s problem? Teach them something nice and they figure out a way to use it in a negative way.

    Hey! Can I come with him?

  7. You gave it your best shot, but there is only so much that can be done for the motley crew called humanity.

  8. Always, selfishness will find ways to pervert the most harmless inventions toward personal gain. Great morality tale.

  9. Abhijit Ray permalink

    Teacher has created a monster, which is about to destroy teacher’s teachings. Wish teacher had given some lesson on morality and ethics also.

  10. Frippery..haha…love that word.

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