Now on Tuesdays…at least for the foreseeable future…welcome to Flash Fiction Tuesday. In case you don’t know what flash fiction is, it is an extremely short story (sometimes created in 100 words or less) with a beginning, middle, and an ending.
But in my case, I write flash fiction with an open ending. I allow my readers to draw their own conclusion as to what happens next to the characters of each story. This week we travel to the isle of Avalon…
I had seen her once before…the lady on the water…when I was but ten years old. She came to me in a dream back then. I should have been afraid but her eyes were so kind and blue. Blue like the water she walked on and with a warmth curling around my toes to move up my body until I was engulfed in it. And when she whispered my name…Ariele…I knew she had known me from another place and time.
Oh, how I wanted to follow her back into that blue water but she said no…it wasn’t my time yet. She would return for me when I reached the age of reason. She would come back and reveal to me the secrets I had long forgotten.
Now, eight years later, she had returned once more. But this time she was as real to me as the water in which I stood. Spreading great white wings tipped with black, she rose above the water and beckoned me to follow her. A great ship rose behind her and I could see the sails glowing as if on fire. I turned to look once more into those warm blue eyes and as if she whispered into the wind, her voice echoed to me from across the water…
“Come to me, Ariele…it is time.”
“But where are you taking me?”
“To the lands of your ancestors. To the Isles of Avalon where you shall be reborn.”
“Reborn? But I…I don’t understand…”
Her wings gently swooped down and folded snug against her body. Glancing back at the ship before reaching for her hand, I found myself compelled to step deeper into the water as she replied, “Oh, but you will, my child…you will.”
What happens next? Share your imagination with others by leaving a comment below!
International best selling, award winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy) is scheduled to be released in ebook edition by June 2018 from Story Catcher Publishing, with the print edition hopefully coming out late fall 2018.