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Reflecting feelings

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©Nathan Sowers

It was the only thing left over from the yard sale. And she didn’t understand why. If she could afford it, it would have been the first thing she would spend her money on. It was plain and “normal”, but sometimes what looks simple is more than that. Plus, it definitely had a story. It must have. Nothing so “ordinary” was every what it appeared to be.

As the sun set, she found herself mesmerised by it. The clear reflection of the garden shed had captured her attention.

Or perhaps it was the flickering light that appeared at its window.

 

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A ritual of light

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©Carla Bicomong

It was a ritual held once a year. Usually at the end of summer. Around the time of a full moon. People of all ages would gather by the coast and with almost religious reverence quietly place the one they brought and lit onto the water.

The paper lanterns would first fill the surface of the water like floating candles. In the midst of the night, it was a calming sight.

Then another series of flying lanterns would be released into the sky.

It was a symbol of hope, of light taking over the darkness, of optimism and ever-present life.

 

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Heatwave mood

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©Dale Rogerson

When the heatwave arrived, any desire for outdoor activity disappeared. Michelle lay in bed, doors and windows closed to keep in the cool of the air condition. Her mood of the day was to do nothing. If possible, to not even get up.

The sky seemed cloudy. It was that hot and humid. The only place to be outside was at the beach, but the sea was miles away.

She stared out the window, half asleep, hoping something would pleasantly alter the laziness that had taken over her.

The silence was broken by a tingling sound. Repeated twice. A message.

 

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The fortune-teller’s prediction

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©Fatima Fakier

When you meet the one, you’ll see her in Venice”. It was a silly prompt from a fortune-teller at a fair when they were kids. They were not even teenagers then and not even thinking about love. Life was so much easier. Careless and stress-free. But then, both Michael and Lilly grew up. And they lost touch throughout the years. She went abroad to study and he was hired at a local company, working day and night. Life passed them by.

Until chance – or maybe karma – reunited them on a plane to Venice. It was time to fulfil the prediction.

 

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A day of discovery

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©Roger Bultot

It was a day they had taken off work, one of the few they could ‘steal’ during this period. They decided to spend it productively: visiting a museum. She was convinced that no one could change their future or better manage their present if they could not understand where they had come from and what had happened in the past. “We have a rich history and it is worth exploring”. He was persuaded.

The day turned out to be a discovery of things he never even knew existed. And that was more than enough to change his entire life perspective.

 

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The way the light gets in

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 Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold. This art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer is called “kintsukuroi” and it also entails the understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken. The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history, which adds to its beauty.

So there’s a soothing thought to have in mind whenever you feel broken.

Whatever it is, time manages to heal it or at least allows you to become stronger in order to live with it. And even if you are left with wounds, just consider that scars are part of your story too; they are proof that you can survive.

“Scars show us where we have been, they do not dictate where we are going” – David Rossi

“We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in” – Ernest Hemingway

 

Also part of Daily Prompt: Broken

A green lifeline of tranquillity

bowl-and-leaves.jpgShe always believed a plant was necessary in every household. It was a symbol of hope and tranquillity. She had once been told that if she could take care of a plant then she could take care of a person. So she treated the little green lifeline as a precious friend, giving it a central position in the house.

This very plant was what taught her to embrace Thomas Jefferson’s quote: “It is neither wealth nor splendour; but tranquillity and occupation which give you happiness”. Gazing at it, she remembered that “worrying does not remove tomorrow’s troubles, but today’s peace”.

 

Also part of Friday Fictioneers

Seven of a kind

https://study.com/cimages/multimages/16/duck3.jpgThere were four of them. And in the next months, they became seven. Four yellow and three black. All they had was each other.

They followed each other blindly. Trust was no issue. It never was. That was what family was about. Trusting the other blindly. Unconditionally. Without question.

Sometimes they would split into small groups. Two-three there and another couple a little further away.

They would always find something to do.

And they would always come back together.

United.

Looking out for each other.

They were a family.

Seven ducklings.

Fluffy, cute and lively.

IF only we were all like them.

Escape boots

dadsshoesWhenever I wanted to get away…to escape from it all…from the mundane routine that was choking me, or bringing me down, I would put on these boots and go”. His voice was sore, as though it was suppressing all the pain he felt and from which he desired to flee from. The boots were a gift from a German friend. One with whom he would often go wandering in the mountains. It was the only way he could find some peace, some spiritual relaxation.

But now… If I could only remember where I left them”, he uttered almost in despair.

 

Also part of Friday Fictioneers

Life in full speed

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSCwsxz9lk0sa_BySWGKBRObwy312pHFAJb1D3pqfgJb4v9EkOBShe felt her hand slowly slip from his grip. It was that feeling you get when you see in your sleep that you’re falling and you jitter, often kicking the person sleeping next to you.

But this time it all happened so rapidly.

She fell into a thick mattress of bushes, treetops whose brunches scathed her bare skin. The scratches began to bleed and all of a sudden, she was running barefoot in a jungle, too scared to look back at what was chasing her with full speed.

She tried to scream, but there was no voice to come out of her. Her lungs hurt. She could feel the pain in her chest mounting. And it was so hot. So unbearably hot.

She was now walking, her muscles sore from the running.

She was panting. She didn’t know where she was going or why all this was happening, but her adrenaline levels were still high.

Back in reality, she was lying in a hospital bed, with two doctors over her head trying to get her to wake up from the coma she had fallen into after the car accident. Her husband was the one driving and the one who – free of heavy injuries – had tried to grab her hand to pull her out of the flaming vehicle.

Also part of Daily Prompt: Rapid

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