Monday, October 19, 2015

The dark of the forest

At Monday's Finish the Story, we have been given a photograph and an opening sentence on which to base our flash fiction.












Not knowing what to expect, he made his way into the dark of the forest. Something drew him. 

He came upon a wizened little woman slumped on a wooden stump beneath a leaning tree. Time had not been kind to her. Her troubled soul had draped a sorrowful shroud of loneliness over her sagging shoulders.

As he ambled towards her, the old woman looked him in the eye as though seeking solace and succour. He felt her pain and knew that his charge was to soothe her sadness.

He reached into his pocket and flung  a shower of shimmering silver stars into the air. As they floated around her, she smiled as did he. The sun cast off its cloak of cloud and all around, golden shards of light frolicked and danced to the merry tunes of songbirds. 

The old woman stood. He kissed her hand. Then she wandered off. He will never know what troubled her, he didn't need to. His task was done. He loved being a wizard.








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13 comments:

  1. Nice story. I love how the choice of words matches the story itself (solace and succour, cloak of cloud etc).

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    1. Sometimes the old words are the best words! Thanks Graham

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  2. What a wonderful story of fantasy and magic! I loved it.

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    1. Thanks PJ. I'm really pleased you liked it.

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  3. Sounds like a nice wizard. He enjoys doing good deeds. Nice take on the prompt, very imaginative.

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  4. I ask you who doesn't love a wizard, so well done, enjoyed your take....

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    1. We all need a wizard in our lives! Thanks Michael

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  5. I love the dreamy quality that your story evokes. Well done Keith! Thank you for adding a story to the Mondays Finish the Story challenge and be well... ^..^

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    1. I'm glad you liked it Barb. I really enjoyed joining in this week. Thank you.

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  6. I am so glad to have found your blog. Three more great installments! I decided to remark on the one with the fewest comments just to save some of your precious time! I'd prefer you spend your minutes each day writing, taking photos, and sharing your talented gifts than replying to my humble remarks. Best wishes!

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    1. Darla, what can I say? You can take up as much of my time as you want! Thank you so much for your generous words. Coming from a writer such as you, I feel truly humbled.

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  7. A good wizard. I love your description. I hope the old lady remained happy. Well done, Keith. :) --- Suzanne

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