Thanks to dear Rochelle foe hosting Friday Fictioneers and to Brenda Cox for the photograph.
NEW HORIZONS TRAVEL
‘Hello ladies and gentlemen it’s your tour operator Tim here. We’ve reached the Tang Fu street market. Our visit will be speedy as we’re booked to see the Temple of Heaven in half an hour. Kindly stay close to Mr Lee your guide and let him do all the bartering for the mystical artefacts you’ll be sure to want.’
‘Tim, its Mr Lee, they’ve all disappeared, vanished into the crowd. I was distracted by the ginseng stall for a brief minute. Just one person came back, Mrs Dream, she muttered about portals and aliens, it made no sense. How do we explain this to New Horizons ?’
April 13, 2021 at 12:48 am
Cue the music for “The Twilight Zone” 🙂
April 11, 2021 at 7:51 am
And this is why I’d never take a tour!
April 11, 2021 at 12:48 pm
Very wise ceayr. You might never come back.
April 11, 2021 at 12:36 am
Portals, aliens and ginseng…oh my! Good one.
April 11, 2021 at 12:58 pm
Thanks Rochelle, I appreciate your comment.
April 9, 2021 at 7:09 pm
Now that was unexpected. What a good take on the prompt.
April 10, 2021 at 3:52 pm
Thank you — glad you liked the story.
April 9, 2021 at 2:26 pm
I like “artefacts you’ll be sure to want”. A bit of subliminal messaging 🙂
I wonder if Mrs Dream is living up to her name? Otherwise, the tour group has certainly found “New Horizons” 🙂
April 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Thanks Ali, New Horizons, with no return ticket perhaps ?
April 8, 2021 at 6:48 pm
Good one. I’d like to hear that explanation. LOL!
April 10, 2021 at 4:10 pm
Thanks Bear, glad you liked the story. Apparently in Hong Kong, citizens who want to emigrate book onto a tour as cover then leave the country.
April 8, 2021 at 4:56 pm
They can’t complain they didn’t get their money’s worth on that holiday!
April 10, 2021 at 4:15 pm
Good point Iain, their horizons could be boundless.
April 8, 2021 at 4:47 pm
Uh oh. Houston, we have a problem. Unique take on the prompt, enjoyed it.
April 10, 2021 at 4:23 pm
Thanks Dora, appreciate your comment.
April 8, 2021 at 4:15 pm
I love this, it combines mystery, magic and SF in one.
April 10, 2021 at 4:26 pm
Thank you – glad you liked the story, guess it is a blend as you say.
April 8, 2021 at 3:33 pm
Now that’s what I call a magical mystery tour
April 10, 2021 at 4:28 pm
Thanks Neil, you’re right.