#FridayFiction: 100-Word Challenge | “The First Seal”

The First Seal

Jason winced as the tiny artifact fell onto the counter with a sharp crack. “Dammit!”
Sarah came up next to him. “What did you break?”
Jason picked up the disc, almost two centimeters across. “Catalog says it’s a seal. Minoan, but I think it’s from farther East — Cyprus, maybe, or Israel. See the inscription? Oh…”
“Right.” She took it from him. The crack bisected the inscription neatly. She split it, dropped the halves, sighed. “Well, can’t exhibit it no–”
A voice like thunder shook the building. Above the city, a horse and rider split the sky.
Unnoticed, the seal melted.

This week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art made over 400,000 of its high-resolution images available “for free and unrestricted use”. Today’s story is inspired by an image from their collection and is, I fully admit, kind of a “gimme”. You see a picture of a seal and what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Right. So here’s the beginning of the End Times. Everybody thank Jason.

Thanks Jason.

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  1. February 11, 2017 at 11:48 am — Reply

    […] week’s 100 Word Challenge was kicked off by Jimmie at his site Jimorama. I love that name. He took his inspiration from the newly released images […]

  2. Mandie Hines
    February 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    Moseyed on over here from The Bloggess’ post to say hi. I thought I’d check out some of the sites of different people who identified themselves as writers. I write some flash fiction too, and I enjoyed your story from the photo prompt.
    A few online magazines came to mind when I saw you wrote flash fiction, where you could submit your stories. They don’t pay much, if at all, but it’s all about getting your foot in the door, right? Anyway, check out 50-Word Stories, The Flash Fiction Press, and 200 CCs. There are more publications out there, but those are a few to get you started, if you’re interested. Happy writing!

  3. March 20, 2017 at 11:54 am — Reply

    Mandie, thank you for the information and for the very kind words 🙂 Come back soon, would you?

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