Friday Fictioneers – Magic

Photo Prompt © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Well, it was an easy mistake—I’d said a crystal ball, and he’d bought me a crystal bowl. But it made me angry anyhow, perhaps just needing someone to yell at.

“I can’t hardly tell the punters’ fortunes in a sugar bowl, can I?”

“Could you read tea leaves instead, spread them on the bottom?” His lowered head and moist eyes almost broke my heart.

The thing hefted heavy in my hand. He cowered. The rim flared blue, reflecting the sky. Yellows of the pine table lurked in the facets. And green. And red.

There’s magic everywhere when you look.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

86 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Magic

      1. Just asking, not arguing, but don’t you think that the main problem with Disney’s versions is not so much the sentimentality but the paucity of integrity both in the plot and the characterisation?


  1. Neil, I think we’ve all received gifts like this, where it can be difficult to find the words. Well done and I really like the last line.
    Best wishes,


  2. There’s a real poignancy in his lowered head. The hurt we can inflict on people when we thoughtlessly reject their gifts – you capture it really well in a single sentence. And the ending on such a positive note – loved it!

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  3. I felt bad for him that he felt the need to duck… and then very happy that she managed to see the good in his “mistake”… There truly is magic everywhere you look…

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  4. I’m not sure if improper enunciation or poor hearing was to blame for this misunderstanding. Beautiful to see the bowl does wield magic, but sad to see the lad cowering from its power.

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  5. I like the fact that the mother, although initially angry, was affected by his “moist eyes” and I like that she saw the beauty in what he had brought her. It was honest mistake but it turned out to be more valuable than the crystal ball.

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