The Castle [repost]

castle steps clouds gray man

“Hello,” said a friendly voice. “How are you doing?”

The old man turned on the crumbling stone steps and stared at the teenager who was interrupting his journey. “I am fine,” he said. “But you are naughty for startling me.”

“Sorry, Grandpa,” the boy said. “But I’ve been so worried about you. I thought you were asleep in your bed, but then you went missing.

“I am not missing,” Grandpa said. “I’m right here. Please do not deprive me of my quest to climb the tower of the gods.”

“But Grandpa, this is a Wendy’s.” The boy took the old man’s arm. “Let’s go home, OK?”

The old man blinked and looked around. Gone was the misty forest and decaying castle. In its place was a parking lot and a fast food restaurant. His face hot with shame, he allowed his grandson to help him hobble down the sidewalk.

“Don’t worry, Grandpa,” the boy said. “I’ll just tell everyone we went for an early morning walk.”

“Thank you.” The old man smiled as a silver dragon disappeared into the clouds.


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See 38.
Image credit – Stefan Keller – Pixabay.

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27 responses to “The Castle [repost]

  1. Good one, Paula!

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  2. Great take, Paula, but the grandson should have at least given his grandfather a burger and some fries!

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  3. love that last line Paula.

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  4. This is great story. You’ve left some mystery for us to ponder upon.
    Thanks a lot for joining in the challenge

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  5. I guess the grandpa thought he was going to White Castle.

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  6. Very nice 👌🏾

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  9. Mmm, Wendy’s…

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  10. Sifclell LeNoir

    … and here I thought this would be a treatise on Kafka’s work.

    Actually, now that I think of it, this is more entertaining and uplifting.

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  11. Ah, yes. I hate it when I look up and find myself at a Wendy’s.
    Very neat.

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