Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

I so look forward to Wednesdays. Time again for Friday Fictioneers. A wonderfully addictive 100 word photo prompt from the fabulous Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. I’d recommend everyone to join the merry little band of 100+ equally addicted participants.

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Copyright : Adam Ickes

His eyes watched the smoke rising from the pit. Shapes formed, hesitated and then re-grouped. The elders crouched, motionless. Faces blank, pupils wide; white tipped flames reflected in translucent ebony. A slow building hum seemed to wrap around him. He thought of the fame, the notoriety – “UNKNOWN TRIBE DISCOVERED”. His wasn’t the first expedition, but the others never returned; blamed on poor preparation, fever, animal attacks. He looked down, feeling almost invisible against the rising hum. Then realisation dawned, as his body slowly faded into the ether. A sardonic smiling villager threw another pair of boots into the pile.

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37 thoughts on “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

  1. Very intriguing story! Too bad he didn’t give any credence to the “coincidences” of the various other anthropologists’ disappearances. Oh, the hubris of the “civilized” world!!! And that’s exactly why the “undiscovered” tribe wants to stay that way.

  2. Awesome! At first I wondered why he’d feel invisible, but it’s because the elders just looked at him blankly and hummed, right? What an interesting power that tribe has. Tribesman says, “White man no more.” (He felt white to me.)

  3. I always write before I read other entries. It made me smile to see that you, Helen, had gone down the same path as me. Always enjoy your words. Good stuff.

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