Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: The Dial on the Metal Desk #amwriting #fiction

Thank you to Priceless Joy for hosting FFftAW. Also, thank you to The Daily Prompt for the prompt words Rebuild and Understanding



“What do you think it does?” Wallace asked Ed.

“I don’t know,” Ed said thoughtfully, ” It’s odd, don’t you think? A dial in the middle of a metal desk? There has to be a purpose for it.”

“I’m sure it has a purpose. I’m not sure we should be the ones finding out what the purpose is. Rivers was a bit crazy. He was in intelligence in the army during WWII. My Grandma Milly always said he had claimed to have uncovered something world changing.” Wallace remarked.

“I didn’t know Canada had spies in WWII?  But what I really want to understand what this dial does. Rivers died last May, and this desk in his old garage is the only furniture left in his entire home.”

“Fine!” Wallace said exasperated with Ed. He turned the dial on the desk fully around until in was in line with a red mark.

“Rivers probably thought his property would stay deserted. It was closed up the by health and safety shortly before he passed on,” Ed muttered, waiting for something to happen.

“Click! Click! Click!” The sounds were loud and ominous in the abandoned garage. The young men turned to each other eyes wide.The garage floor began to lower with Wallace and Ed standing on it. 

Beneath the garage, was the most terrifying and fascinating thing, Wallace and Ed had ever seen.

“We can’t tell anyone about this,” Wallace said afterward shaken.

“Agreed,” said Ed, “We need to hide it better. This information could force the entire world to rebuild.  


©Mandibelle16.(2016) All Rights Reserved.

28 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer: The Dial on the Metal Desk #amwriting #fiction

  1. Priceless Joy June 14, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Ooou that is chilling not to know what they discovered! Great story, Mandi! A Lot of mystery.

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    • mandibelle16 June 14, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      Thank you PJ. Yeah I’m not quite sure myself what they found lol.


  2. Michael June 15, 2016 / 1:49 am

    What a tease you are Mandi….what intrigue and you have sucked me in well and truly….

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    • mandibelle16 June 15, 2016 / 4:11 am

      Haha. Thanks Michael glad it caught your interest. What they saw, who knows 🙂

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  3. shreyans June 15, 2016 / 5:56 am

    hey that is not right..you should say what they found…..hahaha…

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    • mandibelle16 June 15, 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Lol. Well what do you think they found? I think our imaginations can come up with much worse or fantastic things then I could ever write, so that’s kind of the point. Thanks for your comments.


  4. maria June 15, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Ooh, what’s next? What’s next!!? Gripping tale, Mandi!

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    • mandibelle16 June 15, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      lol. Thank you Maria. I’m not sure to tell you the truth. I’d have think about it and do some WWII spy research lol. Happy you liked.

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      • maria June 16, 2016 / 2:24 am

        Hmm.. that leaves us readers with a lot of thinking to do then! 🙂 Nice build up of thrill, Mandi. And like what Michael said, this one’s a tease…

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      • mandibelle16 June 16, 2016 / 2:28 am

        Hehe. Thanks for reading Maria. Happy you enjoyed. Once in a while it is fun to tease 🙂


  5. oneta hayes June 15, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    I need some warning if I’m going to left hanging! Come on, release me. 😀

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    • mandibelle16 June 15, 2016 / 4:48 pm

      Haha. Truly I don’t know. The point is more our imaginations can come up with more fantastic and possibly horrible things than I could write. Sorry to leave you hanging. Happy you enjoyed the piece my friend 💕


  6. clcouch123 June 16, 2016 / 12:46 am

    Ah, shucks, Mandi! What did they see? Actually, it’s great that we readers are left in tension–and engagement.

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    • mandibelle16 June 16, 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you Jacqueline. I will tell you the truth I really don’t know what could change life as we know it that much. But that’s kind of the point, in our imaginations we come up with things, have ideas, which can be much worse than the truth.


    • mandibelle16 June 17, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      Hehe, it’s for you to imagine and think. We always think worse than reality, I often think. Thanks for commenting.

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  7. Jenn June 17, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    What is it??? Inquiring minds want to know! 🙂 Great story.

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    • mandibelle16 June 17, 2016 / 5:42 pm

      Haha. Honestly, I don’t know. I wrote the piece not knowing. I would really have to think on something that huge and life changing. I’m nit sure I’m up for the task lol. Can’t let everyone down. But my original intention was to make your imagination flow. As we tell children “you do this or else . . .” And the punishment the imagine is horrific, worse than the one you intend, the same idea applies with this story. Our minds an come up with much worse scenarios than it probably is. Thanks for reading Jenn 🙂


  8. afairymind June 19, 2016 / 10:30 am

    An intriguing story, Mandi. 🙂 I like that you didn’t reveal what they found, simply the affect that the discovery had on them. It makes the story far more powerful. Very nicely done.

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