Friday Fictioneers – Flower Power

Photo Prompt © Dale Rogerson

“You’ve seen hunting whales blowing bubble rings to corral herring, right?” Aman drummed her fingers on the angelstone, waiting for the girl to answer. A bleak wind blew in from the north, raising her hair into a crown.

“Uh, yes, sure.”

“Then can’t you see it’s the same with flowers? A woven wreath will corral a spirit. They suck energy from the air, forming a barrier the spirits cannot cross.”

Aman knew the girl was strong and clever enough to one day succeed her. Only the garland around the child’s head held her in check now.


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61 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Flower Power

  1. Aren’t these whale bubbles the most amazing thing? I love how you use them and turn the whole theme to magic, flowers, coming of age and letting go.

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  2. There’s going to come a showdown between mentor and mentee at some point I’d say – and when that happens everyone better duck! Lovely, magical tale, Neil. Is this set in a world you’ve written about before or one that’s new to you?

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  3. Interesting that you should choose to use the flowers symbolically. It makes me wonder how the magic of the natural world might start to spread itself among the boxes in her apartment. Nice tale!

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