Friday Fictioneers: Son of Tane

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© Douglas M. Macilroy

Tiki climbed the pancake rocks and trudged through the cabbage tree forests looking for other men. He found nothing but birds — kiwis, moas and harpagornis. He was lonely. His search continued. Tane, his father, made a woman to keep him company after seeing  Tiki’s huge excitement at seeing  himself reflected in a pool. Happily they wandered. Chaste. Tane despaired at his son’s inactivity. He wanted grandchildren. He made an eel which the woman found.  Tiki became excited at his woman’s excitement, at her find.

That Danielle, is why the Tiki is a symbol of fertility. Tiki finally worked it out.

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The Tiki is common throughout Polynesia but in Maori mythology Tiki was the first man. The folk lore depends on the maori clan and the region of New Zealand and their are numerous variants. This is but one variant although not true to the original in entirety. We have © Douglas M. MacIlroy to thank for double daring us to look beyond the monster for this story today. Thank you to him for also supplying the photo prompt.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Perspective Power Poles

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These high voltage power lines run through our dog park. Due to the possibility of high winds the poles are secured with guy wires as you would do when putting up a tent pole. Looking at these from a different perspective changes the perception that I normally have of a power pole. The last photograph shows the perspective I would normally see these structures (without the flooding).

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Created for  Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge  where this week we have been asked to change our perspective by showing an unusual angle or point of view.

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Wordless Wednesday: Asleep in a Fork

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Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Lizzard

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For Ed’s challenge – anything beginning with L.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Boy in a tank

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99 Word Flash Fiction: Charlie Chaplin

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“I’ve found a secret drawer in Dad’s bureau” Charlie’s daughter told her sister. They looked out at the mountains ringing Lake Geneva contemplating breaking in. Their excitement rose as they saw an envelope hidden in the back. 

“This confirms Great-Grandma was a gypsy. Dad was born in a caravan. No wonder MI5 couldn’t find records of his birth.”

“But why didn’t he tell. He could’ve re-entered the USA but he let them believe he was a bolshevik.”

“Yes and he could’ve got that knighthood 20 years earlier.”

“Charlie Chaplin was not only silent in movies but also in life.”

This week Charli has given us a prompt to look at an old mystery.

May 20, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about an old mystery in the current time. Is it a discovery? Is it solved? Does it no longer matter, or does it impact innocent generations in between?

Respond by May 26, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation.Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

My story is a BOTS and the mystery of Charli Chaplin’s date and place of birth remain just that — a mystery although the finding of this letter in 2011 perhaps gave weight to the assertion in his memoir that his  “grandma was half gypsy.”

For further information on the actions of the FBI and MI5’s investigation see here.

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Silent Sunday: A country lane

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