No Luck with Magic

Posted: July 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

Tashira collected everything, just as the old ones had instructed. Two hundred fairy wings stored in a crystalline jar. Four dragonfly eyes, two red and two green. A gossamer gown from Princess Hashir, the troll who lived beneath the Covfefe River. She melted three bars of gold to create a candelabra that held a single candle created from the tallow of bears. All that work for nothing. William the Orange remained a king who played while his selfish children ruled the kingdom, and tomorrow she would marry the eldest son who looked every bit like Dracula. Tashira began to weep.


  1. Dear Lish,

    I’m biting my tongue here. Anything political is strictly coincidental, right? Of course right! I nearly choked on my covfefe.



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  2. neilmacdon says:

    A fable for our times

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Excellent – loved the mix of ancient myth with modern political satire. Enjoyed it, even in the despair of the reality we live in.

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  4. Anything Orange these days make me think of modern times… I think ti would take something like wearing a hijab to scare of the ugly prince.


  5. Well done. It would be lovely if a few spells could turn things around. Until then, most characters will remain unhappy.

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  6. Sandra says:

    A fairy tale turning into political satire. Who would have thought it of you….? 🙂

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  7. wmqcolby says:

    Nice story, Alicia. Then, I looked at the comments … channeling the inner Jonathan Swift huh? Well, you really have a brilliant work here, I will say, political commentary aside.

    “William the Orange …?” Hahaha! 😀

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  8. k rawson says:

    Oh my word, this is rich! Laughing out loud at every line. Not laughing so much at real life though….

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  9. William the Orange… hahahaha 😀 Good one, Alicia 🙂 You never know, the spell might have a delayed action, thus saving us all 🙂

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  10. Love this! What an incredible photo prompt; it might just be tempting enough…. Love the ironic humor, and magical touches here, Lish.

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  11. I love the way your tale carries the reader from fairy tale to political comment! Absolutely brilliant.

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  12. Poor Tashira. She’ll have to find some more magic cookery books – plenty in the second-hand shops, no doubt.

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  13. draliman says:

    It started so fantastical and came to earth with a bump 🙂
    At least now we know what “Covfefe” is heh heh 🙂 I wonder who the troll could be…?

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  14. gahlearner says:

    Oh Alicia, you’re a bad woman. Very, very bad. The baddest. It’s true. I was full of admiration for all the magical things when you threw me into a fit of hysterical laughter with the Covfefe River. The baddest, believe me…

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  15. I would like to wake from this fairytale please with all the oranges banished to the mother ship.
    I like it!

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  16. Varad says:

    Ahhahhaaha… This was just too brilliant. William the Orange? Covfefe? Tashira should wear a hijab and start speaking mexican-spanish just to get on the orange’s nerves. Well done.

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  17. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    This was loads of fun. I do feel sorry for her marrying the son that looks like Dracula. In this political climate sometimes commentary just leaks out from our fingers.

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  18. Laurie Bell says:

    Omg brilliant! Burst out laughing on that one line!

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  19. plaridel says:

    it looks like this week’s prompt evoked more creativity than before. well done.

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  20. Liz Young says:

    She shouldn’t have tried so hard – she’d be happier with a woodsman.

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  21. Sarah Ann says:

    Beautiful descriptions – so evocative. And all that collecting and hard work for nothing.

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  22. Oh my, it’s always amazes me where these writings go with the photo prompt. It all began ‘Once upon a time’ and ended up in ‘The Underworld Below or Above’. There’s something about politics that creeps … creeps into the mind. Great take, Alicia.
    Izzy 😎

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  23. We need a different potion, maybe, an eye of newt..something…surely there is something…!
    You’ve described a very real sense of urgency, Alicia.

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  24. Clever. I do love satire … although often the people who are the object of such, don’t have a sense of humour, so it’s an excellent idea to double-wrap it as a fairy tale.

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  25. This was great, Alicia. I loved the name of the river. Poor girl and after everything she collected. Good writing as always. 😀 — Suzanne

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