For the visually challenged writer, the image shows a woman standing in an eerie forest and her arms transition into bare limbs of a tree and her lower torso into a tree trunk with long roots spreading out across the ground .
Today she would find out if her entire life was a lie, as she stood in the forest and chanted the spell taught to her by her mother. If the spell worked, it would mean that she had inherited the magic from her mother, and if the spell failed, she would be daubed a fraud and charlatan.
Taking a deep breath, she said the incantation and raised her hand skywards. It started happening almost immediately. Her feet elongatedand turned into root-like structures anchoring her to the place. Her arms took the shape of branches and extended towards the sky.
Now she uttered the plea. “Please keep my tribe safe in this time of hardship. We seek the shelter of mother nature and grant us the form that would protect us from the enemy”
One by one the people of her tribe started to change like her into different forms. And soon they blended into the forest and the enemy which came looking to destroy her tribe couldn’t find them.
September 5, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the word, “swimmingly.” which means “smoothly or satisfactorily.” What is the situation? Who is involved? Let the word take you into a story. Go where the prompt leads!
“Well, that went swimmingly”. Ali, the father remarked as the last of the guests departed. It was a small affair. The small intimate wedding function with just the families from both sides present.
There were no relatives of the relatives, no second or third cousins removed, no colleagues or even friends. The bride and the groom wanted to keep it simple and so it was.
Every detail was arranged by them both and the parents had little to do but to pay off the caterers.
“I wish every wedding was that simply done and was so hassle-free,” Ali said.
Wally was six years old. Being an adventurous boy he broke his leg and had to be taken places on the brand new wheelchair.
He was very interested in birds and when he was told that a wandering Albatross was nesting near their home, it became very necessary for him to see the bird for himself.
His dad knew that Wally was wishful about going and observing the rare bird despite being bound to the wheelchair. So both the father and son started for the coast early in the morning. With the help of binoculars and a bit of luck, they spotted the Wandering Albatross, sittingon a rocky outcrop looking a bit wobbly.
Dad took lots of pictures of the Albatross, one even had Wally and the bird in the same frame. Wally showed the photo to his friends very proudly.
I’msharing this post from 2020 as it fits the prompt for this week- Clouds
Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.
A wonder in the sky
Floating in the clouds these magnificent ships sails undetected and unobserved by mere mortals. Driven by the winds, their sails bellow and sparkle in the skies.
It is said that when the righteous are in trouble, help from heaven comes from above. They aided and abetted the Allies during the Great War. Diverting the planes and bombs of the enemy and saving a lot of lives. Beautiful winged creatures are in control of these ships.
Humans cannot see them but all other creatures, big and small observe them and are in awe of them.
Maybe if you’re lucky, you will see a ship like this one day, up above, floating in the sky.
August 28, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a red convertible. Who is driving or riding? Where is the car going? Maybe it isn’t even a car. Have fun and go where the prompt leads!
When Alfred realized his dream of owning a red convertible, he became very stingy and possessive about anyone touching or using his precious car.
He even demanded that anyone admiring it should wear cotton gloves before laying a hand on its glossy surface.
Cynthia, his girlfriend got so fed up with his concern for his car, more than her, that she refused to set foot in it. He was shunned by his friends for the same reason.
The result of this over-obsessive attitude was that he became a loner who spent most of his time alone with his car.
Vicom was a titled vampire bat. A long line of distinguished ancestors had set a hard path to follow for him with their valiant and vigorous conduct.
Vicom valued the valleyoutside his abode and had vowed to protect it from all invaders, especially man. Every night he would do a flyby and if a human was detected, he would scare it away to preserve his valued surroundings.
(For the visually challenged writer, the image shows two men walking in opposite directions in the middle of a downpour).
It would be easy enough to come away from that encounter thinking that nobody had noticed that clandestine exchange of notes between the two men walking in opposite directions in the rain. Walter was sure that his passing of information was not on the radar of his bosses.
But he was mistaken!
When the next morning he was called into his boss’s office he was not apprehensive at all. Little did he know that the guy he had passed on the vital information, was a spy for the management and he was there in the boss’s office with the info he had given him.
Walter was asked to clean his office and collect his dues on the way out. What the management didn’t know was that Walter had made copies of the vital documents which were now in a safe place at his home. He would soon be contacting a rival firm for a position in exchange for that information.
Ursula loved her unicorn and it went everywhere with her. Once when she and her mom were going to a friend’s house, she forgot it in the Uber cab. When later that night she discovered that the unicorn was missing, she wanted to undo her mistake when she had left the unicorn unguarded in the cab.
She started crying uncontrollably, making her mom so uncomfortable that she located the cab they had used that afternoon and called its driver to ask about the unicorn. Quite unexpectedly, the driver remembered them and had put the stuffed toy away safely. The next morning, to the utter amazement of Ursula’s mom, he brought back the toy to their home thereby earning their unending gratitude.
August 15, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that uses the idea or phrase, “floppy as puppy ears.” You can be explicit or implicit with your response. What is floppy and why? It doesn’t have to be about dogs at all. Go where the prompt leads!
Oscar’s floppy ears were drooping. He couldn’t just get it. He was the beloved pet of his humans, especially Cindy who was always so kind and loving towards him.
On Easter morning he got the fright of his life when he saw a few of his kind in a box with ribbons on it; golden-colored bunnieswith red bows. He thought that he was getting some friends to play with, but when Cindy took one bunny out of the box, took off the golden wrapping, and bit the bunny’s head off, he almost fainted with fright!