Wax off


Reiko Takeuchi recorded the time from the stopwatch.  It came up short.  She would need a bigger candle.  It was crucial that the candle completely melt at a minimum of five hours or the signal would be lost.  Once she had a satisfactory candle, she would give it to Petra as instructed.   All 27 contingencies were addressed by Dr.  Einstein.

The candle melted; the signal went out long and strong enough to neutralize the A-bomb falling on Hiroshima.  Everything was recorded for the Emperor, who, once he saw the film, surrendered.  No atomic bomb would fall on Japan.  And our world changed…

Friday Fictioneers:  5/02/14

Word Count:  100

Many thanks to  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields  for hosting Friday Fictioneers.

Photo Prompt:  Copyright Renee Heath



When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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18 comments on “Wax off
  1. Fascinating concept, the war ends without the bomb dropping. Very intriguing and different.

  2. Shandra says:

    Love this. What a different World it might be. Very clever.

  3. elmowrites says:

    Not sure I got all the references here, but the last line struck a chord with me – the world changed in the real version, but how different it might be if it hadn’t!

  4. Judah First says:

    I like that idea very much. Sure would be great to change history in this way. Nice story.

  5. Wow! If only…. Nice piece of writing.

  6. I don’t quite get the signal reference. Wondering if I missed something. Good concept though!

    • Lucy says:

      A signal went out from the candle to neutralize the bomb. A bit superficial but when you don’t have a lot of words to use… well, you know. Thank you for reading it and I appreciate your comment. Lucy

  7. elappleby says:

    Interesting take on the prompt – I like the use of a candle, but can’t help thinking a stop watch would be more accurate 🙂

    • Lucy says:

      Yes, I agree. But the prompt was a melted candle. In my head the story is that the US gov is watching and Truman wants to use the bomb (this is all historical fact) and so the people who stop the bomb have to hide what they’re doing. Of course, we didn’t have the technology back then to do any of this. Just a whimsical story. Wish we had not dropped the bombs, though. Anyway, thanks for coming by and I appreciate your comment. Lucy

  8. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to have had that bomb fail yet still end the war? We’ve learned nothing from the horror that followed.

    • Lucy says:

      That’s so true. Even Einstein begged Truman not to drop the bomb but Truman believed the only way to end the war was to terrify the Japanese. Truman was an idiot. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comment. Lucy

  9. Dear Lucy,

    I appreciate such a unique take on the prompt. I wonder how different things would’ve turned out had we not dropped the bombs. Wishfully imaginative.



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