The Collector

Posted: March 2, 2016 in Friday Fictioneers
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I’m glad to be back in the pack of Friday Fictioneers after a three-week absence caused by a glorious trip to a small town in Mexico. WiFi was iffy at best. So, here is my 101-word submission for this week. I can’t wait to enjoy stories written by my fellow FF gang members.

Copyright-Sean Fallon

Sanji was a collector.
She collected blue glass floats, bound them inside lost fishing nets and rescued sailors drowning at sea.
She collected thick green moss and willow twigs in order to weave soft nests
for creatures caught in the manmade catastrophes of fire and ice.
But the most important thing Sanji collected were the sweet dreams of elders.
These she wrapped in bright silks of turquoise, ruby red, and shimmering gold.
She gently placed them in a jar made from diamonds and dispensed them
to children tortured by nightmares riding inside the whirling storms of war.


  1. I really love how you tied this into a story of giving something good to those children. Wonderful story

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  2. Such a vibrant story – beautiful language Alicia.

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  3. What a wonderful imagination you have!

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  4. Carolyn Page says:

    Alicia, this reminds me of the ‘dreamtime’ stories of indigenous peoples and the passing of knowledge from those who have gone before… Strangely eerie, yet soothing.


  5. Michael says:

    Ten out of ten, loved your imagery


  6. Adam Ickes says:

    Sanji sounds wonderful. I hope she exists somewhere out there. We could sure use her in this crazy world we live in.

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  7. gahlearner says:

    It would be such a comforting thought if Sanji really were out there somewhere, looking out for us despite our madness. Wonderful story-weaving.

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  8. Sandra says:

    A perfectly lovely, vivid story Alicia. Well done.

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  9. Solothefirst says:

    Gorgeous! And such a lovely concept

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  10. rgayer55 says:

    What a lovely and heartwarming story. More people should be like Sanji.

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  11. nonnaci says:

    Hmm. A library of dreams. Some for loan, others for exchange. Overdue ones turn into nightmares 😉


  12. plaridel says:

    bless her soul. we need more like her in this world.

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  13. Amy Reese says:

    Just beautiful, Alicia. I love the language and the items he collects seem so exotic and colorful. Sanji has his heart in the right place. Welcome back! Great to see you here. I hope you had a wonderful trip!

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  14. draliman says:

    Lovely story! I like the idea of Sanji out there somewhere working away at helping people.

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  15. Lovely, intriguing, and even inspiring. Well done, amigo!

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  16. Dear Alicia,

    I have missed you for stories such as this. Beautifully and vividly told.



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  17. wmqcolby says:

    Sweet story. Nice to have something dreamy to read that has some good substance. Great!

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  18. Margaret says:

    Just wonderful. I love all of this – the language, the feeling, the character. So good.

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  19. Welcome back to Friday Fictioneers. That sounded like a wonderful trip. Lovely story, Alicia. Great descriptions. Although our titles were the same the stories were quite different. Well written. 🙂 — Suzanne


  20. yarnspinnerr says:

    You sure havn’t lost your touch. Powerful imagery.

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  21. subroto says:

    Very poetically told, loved it.

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  22. Imaginatine writing and clever take on the prompt. I liked it.
    Hope your vacation was a fun one.
    Isadora 😎

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