Flash Fiction for for Aspiring Writers is a writing challenge hosted by Priceless Joy. The challenge asks us to write a piece of fiction from the photo prompt provided in around 100- 150 words – give or take 25 words. It encourages participants to comment, constructively, on other entries, so supporting each other’s writing. If you’d like to join in with this challenge, follow the link in the title of PJ’s, blog: Beautiful Words to see what to do. The challenge runs from Wednesday to Wednesday every week.
Here is this week’s prompt, kindly provided by Priceless Joy . . .
For this story, I’ve resurrected a couple of North of England-type characters from a piece I wrote a while ago for Monday’s Finish the Story entitled, Wine and Women. Harry has now happily returned from his little trip in the spacecraft.
So here is this week’s story . . .
Fred stood beside his best mate, squinting up at the new church atop the hill on the edge of town, trying to decide whether he liked it or not.
‘What d’yer make of this new church then, Harry? It’s a bit different, in’it?’
Harry nodded. ‘I s’pose it’s different t’ old one in town centre. But it’s kinda neat and clean-looking.’
‘But it ha’n’t got a steeple… or a tower! Churches are s’posed to have ’em, to reach up t’Heaven or summat. There’s none of them ugly things round the top, either.’
‘Why the heck would you want gargoyles?’
‘Fred shrugged. ‘Give me the creeps, they do …but it don’t look like a church without them.’
‘Course it does, yer moron! It’s got a bell, han’t it… and a Cross on top? And arched windows and –’
‘Not stained-glass ones, though.’
Harry sighed and tried one last tactic. ‘I heard the new vicar’s a woman … quite dishy, un’ all!’
Fred’s face lit up. ‘Fancy coming t’ Sunday Service wi’ us next week…?’
Word Count: 175
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For anyone interested, I’ve put together a short piece about gargoyles and what they actually were, mostly from Wikipedia:
In architecture, a gorgoyle is a carved grotesque (an ugly or comically distorted figure or image) with a spout designed to convey water from the roof away from the sides of the building. A trough is cut into the back of the gargoyle and rainwater exits through the open mouth. The length of the gargoyle determines how far water is thrown from the wall.
We often think of gargoyles as being medieval, but they have been used throughout history as a means of water diversion when not conveyed in gutters:
Gargoyles were viewed in two ways by the Church throughout history:
1. To convey the concept of evil – especially useful in sending a stark message to the common people, most of whom were illiterate.
2. They were also said to scare evil spirits away from the church, thus assuring the congregation that evil was kept outside the church walls.
Here are a few more images of gargoyles:
Another form of grotesque is the chimera. These were similarly distorted faces and figures to the gargoyles, but without the water spout and used mostly as decoration. Here are a couple from the little village church a hundred yards from my house. They were taken by my daughter, Louise (afairymind) for one of her posts a while ago: