The Influencers

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PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

“Look, Mom, angels!”

Timmy pointed at the flaming people falling from the sky.

“Ah-huh.”  She didn’t look.

Tim quickly discovered never to mention those others since they were invisible to most.

But people did respond to them, as they whispered in ears and tugged on shirt sleeves.

As an adult, Timothy watched in horror as the world was shaped by the flaming beasts.

And then they were gone.

He hadn’t thought of them in ages.

Getting ready to push his latest legislation through, Timothy paused.

Had they accomplished their goals and left, or had they just become invisible to him?

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Word count = 100

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38 thoughts on “The Influencers

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Children often can see the world in an entirely different way, still seeing the magic. As someone else mentioned, that is the good thing about being an author (actually any type of artist) – we are given a license to see that magic again and share it with others.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      He paused before pushing it through, so my guess he realized it wasn’t good. You are right, if Timothy was influenced by the “angels”, it most likely was pretty awful…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. Some of us try to keep that spark alive, even talking to that fictional creature, the muse, as if she were really… Hey, muse, cut that out! I promise I’ll stop calling you fictional if you don’t stop sparking my imagination! OK, now where where we?

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  1. msjadeli

    At first, when they are called angels, it suggests a force for good, but as the MC describes them as flaming beasts, they sound more sinister. I really hope they went back to through the portal of evil they fell out of. Interesting story, Trent.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      At first he saw them as angels, flaming as they fell from the sky (i.e., “angels” kicked out of heaven….). the older he got, the more sinister he realized they were. Hopefully they did go back to wherever they came from, but looking at the world today, I’m not so sure… I wonder what was in that bill he was trying to get passed, what it was that gave him pause… ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yep.

      Thinking of the “Big One”, on Friday night I put this on my Facebook feed:
      I’m sorry to those of you who had “major, flaming heatwave” for August’s disaster, there is still a week left and “Two hurricanes hitting the Gulf coast in two consecutive days” still has a chance of being this month’s winner…
      And those of you with supervolcano eruption, asteroid hit, “The big one” (quake the puts the pacific coast in Nevada), etc., there are still four more months in the game “2020”!

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