Posted: June 16, 2021 in Uncategorized
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You are nine, have taken a long way home, and by now, your mother is frantic. The ache in your bruised bones tells you so.

Because it looks like rain, you have two choices, duck into the house beside the trail or arrive home sopping wet. Either option will prove dreadful. Seeking shelter equals increased tardiness; coming home in soggy clothes guarantees a hailstorm of anger. Both promise a beating.

So, you choose shelter. You are two feet away. The door glides open. A wood fire, the scent of rabbit stew, and a waxen-winged woman greet you. She smiles. “Welcome home.”

  1. draliman says:

    Yikes! Is it too late to switch to the “going home soaking wet” option, I wonder?

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    And the door opens into a wholly new life!

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  3. Sandra says:

    I’m hoping this is a happy ending. I’m suspecting it’s not though.

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  4. trentpmcd says:

    On the other hand, perhaps there are fewer bruised bones and beatings in the future for you…

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  5. Which, I wonder, is the lesser of two evils? I guess we’ll never know.

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  6. elmowrites says:

    Seems like there might be a third option! Intriguing use of the second person here, I liked it.

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  7. Dora says:

    Now that’s a homecoming this young heart was longing for!

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  8. Dear Lish,

    Magical story and I see by the comments a happy one. Perhaps the winged woman is an angel or fairy godmother?
    Thank you for the lovely prompt. I’m always happy to lure you back to the FFFold.



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  9. James McEwan says:

    Enchanting, sounds like a lucky escape from an abusive family.

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  10. A happy ending! Well done!

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  11. Hopefully, this reality will be a nicer one for the little girl. I think the ‘winged-woman’ will take good care of her. You left the ‘door open’ and so too my imagination. Great job! And, thanks for providing the intriguing photo.

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  12. msjadeli says:

    Reminds me of Pan’s Labyrinth, which I watched earlier this week. Only time will tell if she’s safe or not. At the very least she can get warm and dry by the fire.

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  13. mjlstories says:

    Lots of lovely potential! I imagine her imagining this kind soul…

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  14. plaridel says:

    i wonder it’s a just a bad dream and she wakes up soon. 🙂

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  15. GHLearner says:

    It’s so lovely to see you again here, and with a half-happy story, too. The beginning is so sad and I love the ending. The kid deserves love, fun and adventure in faiy-land. And thank you for the picture.

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  16. Nobbinmaug says:

    Something in that promise of a new life feels ominous. Something in the old life needs escaping. Hmm…

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  17. pennygadd51 says:

    I love the way you wrote this in the second person. And what a lovely description – “waxen-winged”. At nine years old, I’d have gone in like a shot!

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  18. Dale says:

    It is so rare to read in the 2nd person. I like that. And I like that it seems her life is about to take a turn for the much better. Lovely, Lish.

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Oooooo I sure hope this is not a matter of out of the frying pan into the fire!

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  20. Definitely not! Thanks for stopping by!


  21. notestowomen says:

    It sounds like things are brightening up for this 9 year old.

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  22. I have a feeling that he chose the wrong option! Great take 🙂

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  23. I think all will be well! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


  24. Tannille says:

    Ah the anxiety. Terrible.


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