Every Friday writers from around the world contribute 100 word stories prompted by a photograph supplied by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields to Friday Fictioneers. I love constructive comments on my stories.
My inspiration this week came from a Japanese 10th century folk tale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
The Elixir of Life
Humans think the Elixir of Life will solve all their problems.
Eleven centuries ago I left a drop of the elixir for the Emperor when I left earth. He ordered his soldiers to burn it on the peak of Mt Fuji; he didn’t want to live forever without me. For eleven centuries foolhardy people have climbed the mountain in search of it.
No one ever considers that day-to-day tedium lasts forever, too. How many slippers do you think I’ve had to replace in eleven centuries. And what good is the Elixir of Life in a power blackout? Bet they don’t think of that.