Friday Fictioneer: Where The Arched Doorways Lead #amwriting #flashfiction #fiction 


Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting FF.

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Credit: Dale Rogerson

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The [girl] who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the [girl] who went out. [She] will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging [her] ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend” 

― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

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“Where do those doors lead, the arches are beautiful. Is there groin-vaulting in between each arched doorway?” 

The tour guide stared at sixteen-year-old Tina who was a surprise student of art history. “If you wish to discover the architectural features of the building, you must find them exploring, it’s how things are done here,” he said. 

Tina watched as other students from her high school trip went exploring in pairs, while she ‘the know it all,’ was left on her own. 

She walked through the first arched doorway and turned to see the tour guide watching her enter, “What is the purpose of these long hallways of arches. Do they end?” 

The tour guide sighed, “Go see for yourself. Sometimes experience is the best kind of knowledge.” 

Tina began following a series of arched doorways. She was filled with both trepidation and a strong urge to succeed, finding the exit. 

At times she had to choose a direction to travel when four different archways presented themselves. She kept walking until she was frustrated, bored, and tired. Then Tina lay down, resting her head on her jacket to sleep. 

In the morning she was relieved to find the exit. Last night she had thought she would never find a way out of this maze. She felt like a changed person today. 

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©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved.

13 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneer: Where The Arched Doorways Lead #amwriting #flashfiction #fiction 

    1. Thank you Neil for the suggestion. I appreciate it. I did have her feelings in a longer version but cut much of it out for the word count.

      Tina is at first, hungry to learn and to keep going through the door ways to find the end — the way out. She thirsts for adventure and knowledge.

      But after a while she’s bored and lost (atypical teenager with the boredom.) By night she’s frustrated and so tired she sleeps. Yet, she wakes up in the morning finding the exit and way out almost immediately. She comes out actually excited and cheerful with a new outlook on life, new knowledge learnt.

      Thanks again 🙂 oh, do you know where this location actually is?

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  1. Well, the guide was right – she will learn from experiencing a rough, sleepless night, being scared and alone! I did wonder if it was necessary to put so muhc in italics – I think we can work out from your words what is emphasised without you highlighting it for us. A great tale, with a strong learning curve for your character.
    And I’m sure Dale – who submitted the pic – said it was an image of an old wine cellar in France. One that’s a had a make over by the look of those arches! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Lynn for your comments and help. I’ve never used italics much before lately so I’ve been playing around with them, seeing where I think they are necessary or not. Thanks for your comment on there being too many.

      Do you have a general rule when you use italics for emphasis? Do you use them instead of say ‘these quotations’ in a sentence? If you don’t know that’s fine. But I thought you might, you seem like you have a lot of writing experience behind you.

      Yeah, she was afraid, but she walked out the next day and it was okay she thought and looked at things a bit differently. I don’t think the guide intended for her to get lost. He just thought as did her school mates, she was being a ‘know it all.’

      Thanks for the info about the pictures. It’s lovely the wine cellar/winery was redone like that. Would be a fun place to visit perhaps.

      Thanks again Lynn.

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      1. I’ll be honest, I very rarely use italics – very occasionally if I hear a character putting a stress on something. And for the title of of a book, etc. Less is more, I think – as with the exclamation mark.
        It does look like a lovely place, doesn’t it? Certainly prised some imagination from us all this week 🙂

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