The Wheel of Time

Henry looked at the rotating blades of the fan with a child-like wonder and remarked, “This fan is like the wheel of time, isn’t it?”

Jim continued doing his work and replied, “In some ways, yes. The movement of the fan signifies the passage of time.”

Henry kept staring at the fan as if transfixed, and said, “And just like us, the fan gets older, and slower, as the wheel of time turns.”

Jim chewed over that thought for a bit, and then said, “But there’s one crucial difference.”

“What’s that?” asked Henry, even though he knew the answer.

“The wheel of time is perpetually in motion, it never stops, but this fan does, as it has just done.” Jim replied in a grave tone.

“Aah, so it’s time then….” Henry said in a resigned manner.

Jim held out his hand, and said, “Yes, the rope is ready, and so is the suicide note. You just need to sign it, and then we can hang you by this fan and be done with our assignment.”


Written as a part ofΒ Flash Fiction for Aspiring WritersΒ hosted by Priceless Joy. The objective is to write a story in 175 words or less, based on the weekly photo prompt. This week’s photo has been contributed by Yarnspinnerr, who, like the narrator of my story, seems to have something of an obsession with fans πŸ™‚


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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24 Responses to The Wheel of Time

  1. Kalpana says:

    Wow Anurag – you quit your job to be a full time writer? Awesome – I certainly wish you luck.

  2. shivamt25 says:

    Woah! Dude you shouldn’t surprise people with an ending like that!πŸ˜…

  3. Love stories with a surprise ending. Good job Anurag!

  4. yarnspinnerr says:

    Perfect flash AB. πŸ™‚
    All the best in all your endeavors.

  5. Sarah Ann says:

    Such a lovely philosophical set-up before the more chilling denouement. You are great at putting those twists in.

  6. Varad says:

    Haha! And here I was thinking that you’d have stopped killing people πŸ˜€

  7. The ending is all the more chilling thanks to the casual way they spoke to each other. Cleverly done.

    My FriFic tale is called Solace!

  8. athling2001 says:

    I didn’t expect the twist at the ending. Well done.

  9. lisarey1990 says:

    Such a great ending. Wonderful story.

  10. Sorry, but I don’t get the ending. His assignment was to help the other guy commit suicide?

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