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Part Time Writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Hopefully a blog for Stories, both Long and Short

The Grimoire


Seems I have hit a bit of a purple patch with regards to short story writing, so I thought it best to submit another 100 word (ish) submission to the Friday Fictioneers. As they say, make hay whilst the sun shines. Photo prompt this week is courtesy of Randy Mazie.

As always, comments are appreciated. I will try to read everyone’s submission, but with submissions reaching triple digits each week, it’s difficult to get round to everyone. Therefore, I try to read those who I follow, or who like / comment my story. I also hit a random selection from the list. You know know what gems you will find.

Finally, a short word on the weekly challenge. The Friday Fictioneers are a friendly group of online writers from all over the globe who endeavour to create short but fantastical tales with which to enthral and inspire both reader and writer alike. The genres and styles of writing are varied, so there’s something for everyone to be found within its midst.

PHOTO PROMPT - Copyright - Randy Mazie

PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright – Randy Mazie

The Grimoire

“Tonight Gentlemen, we shall be as Gods!”

Arms held aloft, Jimmy smiled wickedly at those gathered round the candlelit table, ready to recite verse from his “appropriated” Grimoire. The book lay open, depicting a scene from Dante’s inferno, whilst underneath, an incantation was scrawled, seemingly in blood.

Looking to his conspirators, Jimmy nodded, confirmation that whatever came next, there was no turning back. Leading the cacophony, Jimmy began, his baritone voice commanding respect as the ritual was joined.

Voices raised, the table reached its zenith, only for an unexpected cough to stop the ritual in it’s tracks.

“Ok lads”, interrupted the Janitor, “Call it a night. Library closes in five minutes.”


Author: Weltchysnotebook

Part Time writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy, both long and short!

45 thoughts on “The Grimoire

  1. What a fantastic ending, I loved it.

  2. I loved the big build-up, and then the reality jolt of the janitor’s cough. All the best janitor’s must have perfected some such technique to get people out, otherwise they would never get home πŸ™‚

  3. Loved it – if you Dark Master of Ceremonies is a dude called Jimmy who has a library card, perhaps your Satanic cult is a little *too* informal…

    Of course, if Jimmy had been successful, things might not have worked out so well for everyone… (http://uncertaintales.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/an-overdue-return/)

    Nicely written, great humour.

  4. Haha,,loved the last line, made me laugh.

  5. cute. And I learned something new – what a grimoire is.
    And now for my first incantation – the disappearing janitor.

  6. You can always rely on a janitor to bring a note of normality, (or normalcy depending on which side of the pond you favour). Nice one.

  7. Ha, loved the dramatic tension running through this then the anti-climactic “time to go home, boys”. Nicely done indeed πŸ™‚

    • I had the image for the beginning of this story in my mind throughout wednesday. Gamers gathered around a table, roleplaying. Come thursday, when i started putting pen to paper, that image was still there, so i went with it. The janitor line kind of hit me, like these things do. Glad you liked the outcome and thank you for reading.

  8. Dear Weltchy,

    Game on! Or off as it were. πŸ˜‰ What a great buildup to the final let down. I really enjoyed this.



  9. I wonder if the world was just saved by the janitor.. the tone have a tone of Buffy the vampire slayer and those three nerd villains..

  10. Hahahaha! Just goes to show you what imagination can do … like write this story. Marvelous!

  11. Great letdown! Wonder if they will use a library card to transport the diabolical tomes to a more secluded lair next time.

  12. This makes me wonder what other sorts of activities go on in libraries. Maybe the Wednesday poetry group, or the Saturday morning children’s story time are just covers for darker goings-on. Chilling. I love your ending, too.

  13. the humor at the end, while totally unexpected, was lovely. πŸ™‚

  14. I love the fantasy and drama here, balanced with reality at the end. Nice job!

  15. I loved the janitor’s entrance. It caught me by surprise. I suppose someone could have farted too. That would have broke it up. πŸ™‚

  16. Love the dramatic ending! I had to look up a couple of words so it was also educating. πŸ™‚


  17. Weltchy, loved the ending! Thanks for the smile.

  18. Dear Weltchy, Great story from the beginning to the climatic ending! Awesome and I think that Jimmy will be doing this same thing all his life – because he’s really good at it. Thank goodness the Janitor interrupted them. He probably saved the life of the sacrifice. Well done and I read the other story on the link above – very interesting! Nan πŸ™‚

  19. Dear Weltchy,

    The previous commenters have said what I would have to repeat, so I’ll just add a “well done” and move on. (They’re all right, you know.)



  20. Ya just can’t have a good time anymore without someone coming along to close the joint down just when things really get going!

  21. Great build of tension cleverly squashed by the janitor – well done.

  22. Weltchy, Too bad they didn’t have invisibility cloaks like Harry Potter. Funny story. πŸ˜€ Well written. πŸ™‚ — Susan

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