‘Run through the checklist.’

‘Okay. The ceremony must take place in a grand altar.’

They look round the baroque dome and nod at each other.


‘Six golden urns placed in a circle atop six poles.’


‘Attire of purple cloaks to worship royalty and their wealth.’

They look sheepishly at the garish cloaks they wear.


‘A dais with a plain altar in the centre.’


‘Ropes and/or chains suitable for restraints.’




‘I think that’s everything.

Pause. He turns the paper over.

‘Hold on, there’s something on the back here. A naked, voluptuous virgin with flowing golden locks.’


Copyright Roger Bultot

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

103 responses to “SACRIFICE TO THE GODS”

  1. Ah…the virgin. Good luck, O Evil Harvesters Cult. This made me laugh, thanks Iain. It’s a good thing they made their lists. So many places (looking at you, NYC DOE) would work so much better if they checked off the appropriate boxes.

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  2. Filename: Sacrifice, Checklist For The Use Of During needs a retype and reissue. PS As very possibly the most hair-obsessed among the FFs, does said virgin have to be a natural blonde? 😉

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  3. Ha, I don’t think this bunch are going to have much luck getting one of those. Reminds me of that awful moment in the exam where you’ve been relaxing for 20 minutes thinking you’re finished, then you turn the paper over…

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