Flash Friday Fiction

church_and_tree-claire-fullerPicture courtesy of Claire Fuller

A mason is someone who works with brick or stone, either building or repairing a structure.  To become a mason, one must first apprentice with a master, then practice as a journeyman, and finally, attain master status after many years.  Associated with this trade, the Freemason organization began in the early 14th century.  It evolved from a craftsman organization to a more philosophical orientation over the centuries.  An estimated 6 million people worldwide belong to the organization.

Word Count: 103

The Bricklayer

The old man scanned the tower, his eyes red-rimmed and rheumy.   He’d carried the knowledge of this secret for over 70 years.  A 14 year old apprentice then, he was trained by his master in the building of this church.  Watching the box get mortared into the wall, he knew it contained something powerful.

Today, that power drew him back.  The heat pulsed the air around him, a tangible beacon.  His master’s words gnawed at his diseased gut.  “The auld magic’s strong.  Thon box holds life itself.”

The climb beyond him now, he’d taken too long to return.  Their secret would die with him.

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© Erin Leary

23 thoughts on “Flash Friday Fiction

    • Thanks, Freya. I’m glad you liked it. I would have to ponder the “what’s next” to answer your question, however. The old guy left me hanging as well.

      I read yours and really enjoyed it. For some reason, I wasn’t able to post my comment there, but wanted you to know I like the dialogue – it felt very real.

    • You’re welcome, Björn! I love seeing your thanks in Swedish – makes me think of my son in Finland (the Swedish speaking part). I’m glad you enjoyed the story – I will heading over to read yours next!

    • Thanks, David. I am going to have to pursue the story myself to figure out what the hidden treasure is. Sometimes even the writer doesn’t know until the characters tell them!

  1. Dear Erin,

    You left me really wanting to know what’s in the box. Thanks for the background on masons. You set the tone and held me there to the end. I enjoyed the climb.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    • Thanks, Rochelle. I had an urge to go with humor and that is where I started – I remember a Halloween party I went to a long time ago and there was a woman there dressed as a brick. I was puzzled when her date joined her and was dressed in jeans and a plaid shirt. I asked him what he was supposed to be and he said wryly “A bricklayer.” That’s always struck me as a funny line and I thought I might wrap a story around it. Instead, the story you see came out. Sometimes I just can’t even tell where I’m going.

  2. Dear Erin,

    I love this piece. I almost went the Mason route, being an old (Hawaiian) rock wall builder myself. I’m glad now that I did not because yours blew me away. A very solid construction that will still be standing many years from now. Good job.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  3. Dear Erin,
    I’ve been a Freemason for over thirty years, so your story really touched a chord with me. We refer to those who actually work with brick and stone as Operative Masons, and those who use the tools of masonry for symbolic, moral teachings are call Speculative Masons. Wonderful story 🙂

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