Friday Fictioneer: When The Wheel Stops Turning

Thanks to Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields for hosting FF.

Credit: Sandra Crook

Bruno’s days were spent turning the wheel, bored and physically exhausted. At night he returned to his hovel, barely awake enough to eat thin gruel. In the day there was mead to ensure the serfs didn’t rebel.

But the mead wasn’t helping today. Bruno glared at the the serf master, upset he didn’t even know what or why this wheel turned.

One day when the serf master tried to whip them, Bruno reached out and caught the whip grabbing it and knocking the serf master out. He ran as far away as he could run.

Bruno heard in the east, a landowner was giving out pieces of property in return for part of the proceeds; he thought this would be a much better living — at least, he hoped.

©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved.



16 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneer: When The Wheel Stops Turning

  1. rochellewisoff January 6, 2017 / 5:43 am

    Dear Amanda,

    I’d say Bruno has strength and courage to be his own master. I want to think this story has a happy ending. Nicely done.



    PS There’s no ‘e’ in Wisoff

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  2. Joy Pixley January 7, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    What a horrible life, not only having to endure such backbreaking work but not even knowing what the wheel is doing or why! I would guess that almost any other life would be better for Bruno.

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    • mandibelle16 January 7, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      I would think anything is better. But that was serfdom. No education, no land, poor nutrition, meant short and miserable lives for many people in the MIddle Ages. Thank you Joy.

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      • Joy Pixley January 7, 2017 / 11:32 pm

        Yes indeed! When people get nostalgic for that “more romantic” time, they always picture themselves being the nobles, never the serfs!

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      • mandibelle16 January 8, 2017 / 11:06 am

        I think it wasn’t good for anyone nobles included, although younare right, it was much better to be a (vassal) or Lord than a peasant or worse a slave. Thanks Joy. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  3. Dale January 9, 2017 / 11:57 am

    Go Bruno! I should think life is definitely looking up for him.

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