The Clockwork Orange – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

AnElephantCant always be funny
Sometimes he enjoys being mysterious
But this piece is neither
It builds up to a fever
He hopes that it is not too serious

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (c. 150 words) based on a photo prompt (below) provided by Alastair.
The link takes you to great stories by some great writers.
But please read AnElephant’s gritty fiction noir first.
And don’t be too scared!
The Clockwork Orange is the local name for Glasgow’s underground rail system.

Copyright Alastair Forbes

Copyright Alastair Forbes

The Clockwork Orange

The train thunders into Partick station.
They board it with barely concealed relief, find seats without difficulty, and sit close together, holding hands.
They scan the other passengers carefully, a surreptitious nudge drawing attention to this one or that.
There is no sign of trouble.
The man relaxes, his companion is still excited, almost hyper-active.
Their interlocked hands are a source of comfort to both.
The man points upwards with his right index finger.
We must be under the river by now. Can you remember what it is called?
The River Clyde.
Ah, yes.
He nods with apparent satisfaction, and leans back, reading the adverts.
A tug on his arm brings his gaze down to their reflections in the windows opposite, and the concerned look on the face he loves above all others.
Why is it called The Clockwork Orange, grandpa?

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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22 Responses to The Clockwork Orange – Alastair’s Photo Fiction

  1. julespaige says:

    The movie of the same name comes to mind… You’ll have to enlighten us as to how it got it’s name! Can’t be any worse than the subways of Manhattan 🙂

    I used the subway as an escape!

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    • Hi, Jules, thanks for visiting again, always a delight to see you here.
      The Glasgow Underground has adjacent lines running the same route – a loop – in opposite directions.
      Like a child’s clockwork train set.
      The rolling stock is, inexplicably, bright orange.
      (Isn’t copy/paste wonderful!)

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      • julespaige says:

        Copy and past is wonderful…once you figure out how to use it. Took me a while. A good friend explained the ‘C’ is for copy and the ‘V’ really what could that be for? Well ‘Vomit’ of course … Jack might like that. But then I bet he knows more about computer opperations than I do!

        Now I also understand the name of the move… makes sense now. How can one say this kindly…folks that might be a tad unstable are said to be ‘loopy’.

        Just yesterday I also learned about Horse latitudes.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_latitudes which I had never heard of before.

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        • Interesting that you introduce the word ‘loopy’ on AnElephant’s site!
          Just what are you trying to say here?!?!
          Hmmm…..

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          • julespaige says:

            Awe, if we all weren’t just a tad loopy would we be gifting our words away? It is a pleasure to be crazy nice, loopy. Though I think some might consider ‘loopy’ when one is tipsy? Then are we not all drunk on our imagination? One tends to forget that not all silly words mean the same to everyone. A circle is a loop like a hoola hoop and when a hoola hoop is in action it too is loopy 🙂

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  2. willow says:

    Love it! The grandfather/grandson relationship is so special.
    Recently, with, I must admit, some trepidation, I boarded the Clockwork Orange. As we bone shakingly, thunderously, careered through subterranean Glasgow my fears disappeared. One of several firsts that day. A fabulous trip!

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  3. Enjoyed that, especially the use of the word “surreptitious”

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  4. Penny L Howe says:

    A lovely story, I wonder if Grandpa knows why it is called “A clockwork orange”? 🙂 xo

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    • Glad you enjoyed it.
      And, of course, AnElephant is the font of all knowledge.
      (On his own blog, at any rate!)
      The Glasgow Underground has adjacent lines running the same route – a loop – in opposite directions.
      Like a child’s clockwork train set.
      The rolling stock is, inexplicably, bright orange.
      Opened in 1896, this is the third oldest underground metro system in the world after, unsurprisingly, London and, perhaps more surprisingly, Budapest!

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  5. Ooh, lovely! It’s nice not read about the London Underground for a change, too!

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  6. Gabriella says:

    You have shown us a lovely relationship between those two! And by the way, why is it called The Clockwork Orange?

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    • Thank you, Gabriella.
      The Glasgow Underground has adjacent lines running the same route – a loop – in opposite directions.
      Like a child’s clockwork train set.
      The rolling stock is, inexplicably, bright orange.

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  7. yarnspinnerr says:

    I too will say – Awesome.

    Anelephant can always write well. 🙂

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  8. summerstommy2 says:

    nice work Mr Elephant. Love the reference to a Clockwork Orange. Very clever.

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  9. Alastair says:

    Awesome. It does make me wonder if this a part of AnElephant’s history 🙂

    A great story

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