Time passed in the farmer’s market—rather quickly, as Time was being pursued by a large, bald kombucha vendor.

“Stop thief!” the man cried, waving a sloshing mason jar at the fugitive. 

Time only laughed and ran faster, weaving between stalls and hurdling canine market-goers. 

With a rattle of her beaded shawl, a young woman minding the essential oils tent made a grab for the fleeing Time. One blue-nailed hand closed around his arm, but he wriggled from her grasp. She cried out, staring at her hand, now wrinkled and liver-spotted.

Time was almost flying now. “I stop for no man,” he called back over his shoulder.

A little girl stopped munching her probiotic spelt bar long enough to stick out a leg in the thief’s path. Time went head over heels, rolling under a table of goat milk soaps and coming to rest beneath a display of artisanal bread.

Time stood still as his pursuers surrounded him. 

“You took my hair,” the kombucha vendor growled.

“You took my teeth!” lisped a watercolor artist.

“You took—“ an old woman frowned. “I can’t remember what you took, but you took it.” She shook a knobby fist at Time.

A butcher, red as one of his steaks, waved his cleaver. “I say we kill Time!” 

The shea butter lady wagged her graying head. “It’s a sin to waste Time.”

Time raised his hands with a disarming smile. “Friends, I can pay you for your trouble.” He dug around his coat pocket and withdrew a handful of gray, fine sand. “Here you are.”

The butcher scowled. “Doesn’t look like any money I’ve seen.”

“It’s time. Same thing.”

But as his audience held out their hands, he threw the handful into the crowd, blinding the nearest bystanders. When the dust cleared, he was nowhere to be seen.

“We’ve lost Time,” the kombucha man sighed. “Let’s get back to work.”

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2 months ago

A wonderfully written combination of all the common phrases that use the word “time”. Insightful having the touch of Time turn one’s hand “wrinkled and liver-spotted” and having the old woman not remembering what it was Time took. Very enjoyable.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
2 months ago

Hi and welcome to Voice.club. This is a very clever use of the prompt and an immensely enjoyable read. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Well done!

Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
2 months ago

I loved every second (!) of this delightful story, T! The references to kombucha, goat milk soap, probiotic spelt bars and so forth had me laughing out loud. You must have visited the Farmer’s Market at my little health-conscious, new age town! Your plays on words and acting out all the best time quotes is absolutely brilliant.You even managed an indirect reference to “time is money”. And the ending was perfect. I could read this a dozen times a day – if I could find Time.  ???? 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago

Hello, T. Welcome to voice club. It was perfectly and cleverly made. You manage it well to play on words. I enjoyed it so much. Well done. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago
Reply to  T Frazier

You’re most welcome, T.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
2 months ago

What an imaginative take on the prompt! I loved all the references to time, those we use every day, it was just the perfect ‘Time’ story! Welcome to Voice-Club and thank you for a really good read.

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Joel Glover
Joel Glover (@joel-glover)
2 months ago

I thought this was really fun.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
2 months ago

A very clever, fun and entertaining story, T! You successfully managed to capture the essence of Time, although, as you say, he is very slippery and its hard to get your hands on him. I also love your descriptions of a typical farmer’s market with all its traditional ingredients. Very well done!

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
2 months ago

Congratulations. Loved this story, such an entertaining read.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
2 months ago

Congratulations to your success! With such an excellently executed story, it is indeed well deserved.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
2 months ago

This was one of my favorite stories in the contest, T, so I’m thrilled to see you won first runner up. I can’t wait to read more of your stories. And by the way, welcome to Voice club.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
2 months ago
Reply to  T Frazier

It is a very wonderfully supportive site. I’ve been entering stories for a couple of years now and it’s really built my confidence having such a lovely group of friends who share my love of fiction.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
2 months ago

Congratulations! I loved your story, it was one of my favourites.

Allan Neil
Allan Neil (@allan-neil)
2 months ago

A great fun story that starts off fast and only gets faster. Completely enjoyable stuff, thank you.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago

Congratulations, T.

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