Flash Friday Fiction

Table of the Gods 


The ancients called it the table of the gods, a place where magic existed.  It was a sacred spot, used for ceremonies at sunrise, only the elders as witness. 

A scientist by profession, he knew it for what it was – the remains of volcanic activity.  If you ventured up at sunrise, magic could still be found.  Watching now, only minutes until dawn, the air felt electrified with the possibilities of dreams across millennia.  The gods remain with us, he thought, despite our doubting.  He closed his eyes and stepped into the circle.


The photo prompt is courtesy of Madison Woods, taken by Doug McIlroy. Her story can be found here, along with links to all the other Flash Friday Fictioneers.

45 thoughts on “Flash Friday Fiction

    • That wasn’t my intention, but it’s interesting that you read it that way. I went back over it again and can see how you might – another take on the same story. Thanks for finding it!

      • Isn’t it funny how something will hit us one way the first time we see it and another the second? I very much liked the second. I am a great nature lover and I think that when we forget about the magic, it harms us all. Thank you for the great piece!

  1. A place where magic existed usually ends up being a place where magic still exists. I’d like to know what he found within the circle.

    • Thank you. I was thinking some about the area in Colorado, I think – the Garden of the Gods.

      In any case, I would like to hang out in Hawaii to watch a few sunrises.

  2. Carlos Casteneda tells us its simply a question of perception … or of giving names to things so we think we understand them. In a few hundred years, someone else may step into this circle knowing it a very different way. Very nice blending of two world views (though I am intrigued by tedstrutz’s comment and the possibility that the scientist is stepping INTO the volcano). I wrote two this week, if you wanted to check them out at http://scottcheck.blogspot.com/2012/06/desolation.html

    • Perception is everything. What I like about the brevity of this exercise is that the absence of words leaves perception to the reader. It can take you in different directions, like Ted’s view.

  3. I loved “table of the gods” and was extremely intrigued to learn more. What happened when he stepped into the circle? Would love to see this as a short story 🙂

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