Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Maze Maker (FF)

 copyright Melanie Greenwood

"Did you create this maze?  It's incredible!"

"Thank you very much.  Carving out mazes is a hobby of mine."

"Well, you sure are good at it.  I've been in here almost 15 minutes and I'm just now finding my way out!"

"15 minutes?  Hey, that's not bad at all!"

"Ha! I was beginning to think I should have ... ha, ha ...brought dinner and a flashlight."

"Yeah, I've frequently thought that too."

"Frequently thought that too? How long have you been in here?"

"Two years and four months, ever since I carved it. Thank God you found me!"

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Frankly I'm not particularly good at mazes either.  The last time I went through a maze by the time I came through the other end Morlocks and Eloi were running the operation.

You won't need a time machine, however,  to check out the offerings of the other Friday Fictioneers relative to the picture prompt overhead, but you will have to contend with the weekly mazelike grid of Fictioneers that Russell calls the Hollywood Squares Authors Block.

To read them all won't quite take you two years and four months.  Bring dinner and a flashlight though.

31 comments:

  1. Hahahahaha.
    I laughed aloud when I hit that last line running.
    Very funny.
    Randy

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    1. Thanks! When you quit laughing, will you GET ME OUTTA HERE!

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  2. OMG...took my grandson through a corn maze at the height if the season (when it was thick). We walked around for an hour and came out the same way we went it. I was just glad we came out!

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    1. I've had similar experiences to the point where I wondered if you could eat the corn maze to survive. Frankly I can't do the mazes on the back of cereal boxes.

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  3. Dear Perry, Terrific tale! I love it and mazes have always sort of scared me a bit - if I can't see over the walls. Good job! Nan :)

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    1. You can see over the walls of this maze fine, but it doesn't seem to help because all you see is me lost and panicking. Thanks for writing.

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    1. If you were in the maze, Sandra, you'd be writing :( :( help!

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  5. Lovely. Could it have been a maize maze, so could have eaten the fruit?

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    1. It was actually an ablaze maize maze, which made it even more important to get through in under 2 years.

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  6. I can get lost inside an elevator, Perry. That's why I always carry a backpack full of sandwiches and a flashlight with fresh batteries. How fresh are they you ask? On my last elevator ride, I was slapped three times before the doors even closed.

    You and I would be great on a remake of Hollywood Squares, Perry. You as Paul Lynde and me as Rose Marie. (don't ask me to shave, though).

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    1. Here's a question for Rose Marie: who was your love interest on the DIck Van Dyke show? Answer: Easy, Peter, it was Herman Glimscher. Now here's a Paul Lynde question: who was your love interest on the DIck Van Dyke show? Answer: Well, it wasn't "Dyke," Peter. It was most definitely "Dick."

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  7. Only you, Perry, can keep coming up with humorous stories ... week after week. I just love reading your stories.

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    1. Thanks, Mike. Gee, you got out of the maze fast!

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  8. Dear Perry,

    A-mazing story. Yeah, it's cheesy but somebody has to say it. I'll have to remember to keep a flashlight with me as I work my way through the maze of FF stories. Thanks for the chuckle.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. You're welcome for the chuckle. Now gimme back my flashlight!

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  9. With your stories, Perry, the comments and answers are as entertaining as the story. :D --- Suzanne

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    1. I know. I'll have to find a way to dumb down the comments so my stories seem better. Thanks for writing, Suzanne!

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  10. Mazes kind of scare me, so your story hit a nerve as they often do!

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    1. Next time I'll see you get some novocaine before I hit that nerve.

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  11. Oh no! Thank goodness for small miracles. Very funny, Perry. I guess he lived off shrubbery and snails...Poor, poor thing. Nice one!

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    1. I have yet to figure out how he lived, Amy. I was at the end of my hundred words, had to stop!

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  12. Wonder if they find the exit or the Minotaur in the end ;-)

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    1. They welcome the Minotaur after two years.

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  13. He needs to find a safer hobby. I woder if he gets lost in all his mazes. Very funny.

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure he does. He last saw his family in 2007.

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  14. Great story this week, Perry. There's something to be said about getting lost by our own devices.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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    1. Yes, I ususally do my best when I'm completely lost, by my devices or any others. Thanks, MG.

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  15. Glad he was found! Lucky he'd made it until then!

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    1. Especially considering he was holding it because there was no bathroom.

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