Broken Promise

Posted: August 23, 2017 in Friday Fictioneers
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Berit built a home from thin slivers of glacial ice cut from the exact center of Gígjökull. Two albino Savannah cats kept the inside warm; two thousand fireflies lit the pathway to her door. The pantry was laden with starfish, and eel, skua eggs, and sun-dried kelp. Lavender leaves collected down by the sea scented the bed sheets of five small beds. The echo of children’s laughter filled Berit’s ears, visions of sweet faces formed a ring around her heart. Exile meant nothing if King Jostien kept his promise. Berit waited two hundred years.
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  1. Lynn Love says:

    Oh, my, is this based on a fairy tale, Alicia? It’s beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. All those images of her preparations and then waiting for 200 years? Did she see the children in the end? Magical tale

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  2. Lynn Love says:

    Stupid of me – just noticed the title. What did she do after 200 years then?

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  3. Sandra says:

    Graphic and delightful! And sad.

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  4. Fluid Phrase says:

    How beautiful. It is a wonderland that is so magical. Looks like Sorrow lies in magical places too. 😦

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    Delicious fun, Alicia

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  6. James says:

    Still trying to wrap my brain around “fireflies” and “glacial ice” working together. Then again, I can be terribly literal.

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  7. granonine says:

    Beautiful details. I love lavender, so you had me there 🙂

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  8. Dale says:

    This was a wonderfully told fairy tale…

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  9. michael1148humphris says:

    That is one long wait. Loved the images in your description

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  10. Dear Lish,

    Magical and poetic fairy tale. I could see it, smell it and hear it. Lovely.



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  11. Hats off to her for patience! 😊 Good tale so far. Did he?

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  12. draliman says:

    Sounds like a nice place to wait out her exile, anyway 🙂

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  13. Jelli says:

    Enjoyed that little tale. Sounds like she made a “paradise of hell”. 🙂 If you have to be exiled, might as well make the most of it.

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  14. gahlearner says:

    “visions of sweet faces formed a ring around her heart” Gosh, what a gorgeous fairy tale. You really make ‘every word counts’ come true. I’d like to read more.

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  15. Well done. I really liked it. :o)

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  16. subroto says:

    What a wonderfully descriptive story. King Jostien sounds like the kind of guy who would keep you waiting for two hundred years.


  17. Descriptive prose worthy of being regarded for two centuries.

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  18. Laurie Bell says:

    I sure hooe we get to read more of this. This is fascinating. Sounds like her exile will not break her. I hope she sees the children again.

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  19. rgayer55 says:

    Magical and mystical, Alicia. A very entertaining read and I would love to hear more.

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  20. This is beautiful. It sounds like the beginning of a fantasy story.

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  21. Loved the word pictures. And the story is beautiful!

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  22. Oh this has the taste of the great Snorri himself. Love the saga approach

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  23. You make living long seem unappealing.

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  24. This isn’t a genre I normally read but I’m aching to know more, if a little ashamed to admit that I’d love to have a pad like this as a weekend bolthole.

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  25. k rawson says:

    Your words are a magic wand. Only one hundred, and you made a whole world!

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