What if Wednesday: Travelling to The Knick of Time


As Johann Filigree Hexameter Aomori drove past The Lady of the Sea Inn and headed out of Who-Knows-Where, he knew he had only a short time to complete his task. There were only a few hours before the train that was presently carrying his rapidly dying body arrived at the station.

Lady by the Sea Inn

Johann had been shot by the young widow,Lady Julep Persimmon Bede. The opal bullet, like his love for the beautiful young woman, was secure in his now barely beating heart. His body and Death would arrive at the station at same time. The situation was both tragic and inconvenient, leaving one opportunity. Johann had propelled his astral form along a Moebius Strip and completed a perfect temporal flip into potential events.

aetheric-steam charged automobile rm
Aetheric-steam charged automobile (Click to enlarge.)

He arrived in Who-Knows-Where ahead of both the train and his impending death. Having acquired an aetheric-steam charged automobile from the Grimm & Thyme Shoppe, his only hope was to drive into The Forest Beyond. Once there, he might be able to acquire a Melody of Memory from The Crow-Magnon.

Textured Text Crow Frm

Driving out of town towards the gathering woods, the Senior Junior Wizard , 12th Degree October, could see a fellow in Motley dress standing at the side of the road. Recognizing the tailored garb of The Traveller, he knew he would be a fool to not stop and give him a ride.

Tarot of Marseilles- Le Fool Variation

“A journey begins with your first stop.”


The Traveller - Harlequin of the Road
The Traveler – Harlequin of the Road


” I know. There are more doors to perception than windows in an outhouse. You wouldn’t happen to have an opal on you ? “


“I left it in my other body, but you can have it at the earliest opportunity. Are you familiar with the way to The Forest Beyond ? “



“Definitely. Keep going till you reach A Knick-in-Time.”


Johann nodded, A Knick-in-Time was even smaller community than Who-Knows-Where. It was more of a turning point than a destination. You could pass it in seconds and still take it all in, every minute detail.

” By the way, you wouldn’t happen to know a Melody of Memory ? “



” It sounds familiar,….perhaps if you hum a few bars……,” the Traveller smiled in response to the quiry.



Johann just smiled back and shook his head, ” I was hoping you might be Crow Magnon. They say the two of you are almost identical, except for the noticeable differences. It would have saved time.”


Harlequin Voyageur
Harlequin Voyageur



” Sorry, but I’m not him today. At least I wasn’t when I last looked in the mirror .” He glanced at the passenger’s side mirror to double check, ” No, definitely not today. Perhaps on another day, after an eventful life changing journey.”


Zebras1 Mtt


“Better watch out for those Zebras up ahead. They appear to be lining the road.”


Johann proceeded slowly, to avoid running over the Zebra lines. This gave ample opportunity for a small white dog to jump into the backseat of the car. It was not unexpected, as the dog was know to follow the Traveller around the bend every now and then.

Having passed the Zebras without a scratch, Johann picked up speed just as a flock of geese flew overhead in pursuit of a glowing orb of unknown quality (GLO).



” Those GLOs are coming earlier and earlier. They say it is a sign of Global Swarming. I do not believe it myself. It obviously just astral gas erruptions or Will-o’-the-Wisps. “



” Tea and Biscuits, ” the White Dog replied.



” Pardon ? “



” Pay know mind to him. He thinks he knows everything because he smells the past and the future. Get ready to hang a right up ahead.”



As Johann slowed down, he could see a small vendor stand come into view. Tea and Biscuits proclaimed the sign, as the dog wagged his tail in an ‘I-told-you-so fashion. Just past the stand, the wizard turned to the right and the road followed a slow dip into a misty valley. The mist thickened as the car went around a bend. The dog’s white outine blended into the mist and soon the small dog was long gone.


It was not too far past this juncture in the lengthing narrative that the mist rose and all became clear. Arriving in A Knick-in-Time, it became obvious that two roads diverged in the woods.



The Traveller pointed, “Take the less travelled by. It will make all the difference.”


Wheels in the Woods


With that turn, the vehicle proceeded to enter The Forest Beyond, and the narrative falls quiet, to leave the young wizard & his mysterious companion on their continuing journey.


Note for those who have confused, amused, intrigued, or entertained:

1. links in the text will take you to related pieces. You can also find more background information & access the whole Beowulf Barometer sequence by way of the new page – Phantasmagoria: Tales Tall & Short.

2. The Lady by the Sea comes from part of a piece done by my wife.

3.Le Fool is based on an original card from the tarot deck of Jean Dodal of en:Lyon, a classic “Marseilles” deck from 1701-1715. For more information on the meaning/interpretation of the archetype see The Fool (Tarot card).

4. The Harlequin figure comes from Maurice Sand’s 1671 Masques et bouffons (Comedie Italienne).









15 thoughts on “What if Wednesday: Travelling to The Knick of Time

  1. leecleland

    Delightful! And yes, I am bemused, confused, entertained and intrigued and love the collage work. The first frame is my favourite, but I have no favourite for the images, they all grasp and hold my attention. This piece is worth studying there is so much going on, and not only in the scrip. Again thank you for stretching my mind.

    1. elmediat

      Most welcome. This is one of those creative sequences that has a life of its own. The images inspires the narrative and the narrative gives birth to new images.

  2. A beautiful series. Thanks for your advice regarding how to make frames, I have tentatively tried in my latest image to be posted in the next day or so. Yours are much more confident. Tony

    1. elmediat

      Thanks Katrien. As i mentioned above, this sequence grows and evolves. The Traveller – Harlequin of the Road piece came out of a Tarot card design I was working on sometime ago. This version came as a response to the narrative and then together they lead to the Harlequin Voyageur piece. As the sequence grows I am considering some other narrative styles that will generate different types of images. I have to finish this to find out what happens next. The characters have not revealed their story to me yet. 😀

  3. Pingback: The Traveler – Harlequin of the Road – Implied Spaces

  4. Seems you have multiple blogs and I’m not sure where i have just been but wanted to say I thought your observation that a Tarot layout can be overlapped with a plot narrative in fiction is brilliant. I am a Tarot student and have never come across this idea before, thank you.

    1. elmediat

      Many thanks. Glad you enjoyed the post. You’ve stumbled into the phantasmagoria section of my Dark Pines Photo blog. The Implied Spaces blog was created to explore the concept of implied space and provide a place for my more experimental work.
      The photo blog has become more of a basic photography blog with less creative writing. I still post on my Dark Pines Media Literacy blog, though much less infrequently.

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