Jane’s amazing response to the prompt. I hope you enjoy the read. 🙂

Jane Dougherty Writes

A quick-fire response to Diana’s May photo prompt. Steam punk isn’t my thing, so this is a first for me, and it isn’t even a story…

Pixabay image by Brigitte Werner

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The world whispered and sighed to the sound of wheels turning, valves hissing and the soft clicking of gears. Horse hooves beat time, and the pistons of steam engines rattled louder than anything but thunder. Cities had risen and spread in a regular, ordered fashion and society acquiesced to a hierarchy that never changed. The secret lay in the great clock that ticked at the heart of the earth.

Time had ticked since the methodical unfurling of the first fern and the faint throb of bioluminescent proto-fish in the ocean depths. It ticked soft and gentle for millennia and millennia, regular and unfailing. Bird throats chirruped steadily; clip-clopping and pattering animals stepped in time to the universal dance…

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12 thoughts on “Creation

  1. ellenbest24 says:

    ‘And the great clock at the centre of the world kept time’ Jane is still setting the bar high. Richer and richer her writing gets. Sumptuously pulled together with hidden meanings amongst the obvious.


  2. Looks like I overlooked this and a few other posts, but I am glad I went back through and read this story! Wonderful!


  3. May the Clockmaker inside me, whirling my timed insides, help me “whip out’ prose like this sometime in my future (if the Clockmaker so deems…) 🙂

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  4. Excellent! Thanks for sharing, Diana!


  5. Wonderful story, Jane did justice to your great prompt Diana!

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  6. Brilliant prose! Kudos to Jane. Thanks for sharing, Diana. Hugs!

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