Ready to bloom again? ~ #FlashFiction

Ready to Bloom Again? ~ #FlashFiction Fiction Inspired by The Rose Inside The Glass dome In Beauty And The Beast

Ready to bloom again?

Ready to Bloom Again? ~ #FlashFiction Fiction Inspired by The Rose Inside The Glass dome In Beauty And The Beast

It was a tale as old as time.  A tale that was stuck in a bubble of time.

Time was standing still but the rose petals fell.

Each time a petal fell, Belle got older and with each petal that fell, a bud appeared in its place, ready to bloom again.  And so it went on, this tale as old as time.

And did Belle retain her youthful looks and beauty, like all good fairytales should?

Well, yes and no.  Inside, she was ageing, like a withered rose.  Outside not a wrinkle appeared.

Eternal youth was not blooming all over this beauty.

But what would happen to the rose petals when the body gave up?  Would it continue to bloom?  Or would it recognise that beauty of knowing when to also give up and stand still in time?

Time would tell.

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By Carol Cameleon 2017 ©

Inspired by the rose inside the glass dome in Beauty and the Beast.

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A Comfortable Racket ~ #FlashFiction

 

‘A Comfortable Racket’ ~ Flash Fiction

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When the shutters opened again, they would provide comfort to the community.

Nobody needed that comfort more than Sonny.  He had come he from – well he wasn’t certain where he had come from.  But even this clinical, draughty, nuts-and-bolts, industrial shell of a corridor was luxury compared to that place.

Most of which he had pushed from his memory.

He had heard the unmistakable racket of the shutters going up and down oh, so many times.  They were part of his daily routine now.  Part of daily comfort.

But no one knew when the shutters would open again…

…which was not a very comforting thought.

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A Spectacle ~ #FlashFiction

 

‘A Spectacle’ ~ Flash Fiction

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He wasn’t sure what had brought him here.  In truth, he didn’t know where he was but looking at the window, he guessed it was an old converted church.

He hadn’t been to church for years.

Perhaps this was his calling?

Then, a distraction.

He could see a reflection in his glasses; they were lights that moved as he did and followed his every move.

Yet when he took his glasses off to see the source, the light was nowhere to be seen.

Was it a trick of the light or a trick of his mind?

A trick that resulted in him seeing things from a different point of view?

Ironic that taking his glasses off helped him to see more clearly.

He felt sure that he had lost his religion, as he moved to ascend the stairs.

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Square peg #FlashFiction

 

‘Square Peg’ ~ Flash Fiction

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The next clue was, “Take the key from ‘around’ the floor to be ‘this way up’ .”

“Unlock the round containers; next clue must be in the box on the windowsill,” the contestant thought out loud, head spinning, as he solved the clue.

You really had to think outside the box in this cryptic adventure…

but first you had to fit a square peg into a round hole…

The clock was ticking.

It was a lose-lose situation.

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No one knew when it was going to happen… #FlashFiction

Originally published in May 2014, this picture has come round again in Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields’ ‘Friday Fictioneers’.

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No one knew when it was going to happen.  There was no warning.

The locals accepted ‘it’ as a part of village life which happened randomly twice a year;  although it was an inconvenience.  Most of them saw the funny side though… except those that got stuck on the only bridge into and out of the village.

No one knew when ‘The Curse of the Herder’ would strike and open the gates for the herds to escape… and run amok.  It was a game that the ghostly herder relished!

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Visiting hours ~ flash fiction

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She loved cliches.  She could use them ’til the cows came home!

Her life had been full of cliches recently, or at least close to cliches.

She’d come to terms with a lot of things; she’d overcome a whole range of emotions and now she felt another chapter closing.

At first, she’d found it really hard to let go but then she’d seen the sense.  In fact she’d seen how it had all slotted into place perfectly, almost as if it was meant to be.

She’d taken comfort in that.  After weeks of sorting, clearing, reminiscing, she was now stepping through the door for the very last time.

She was just a visitor now.  The limbo was gone.  Time to move on.

Time for one last look around and then she’d close the door, lock it and she’d start again; a new chapter with so many exciting things on the horizon.  She hadn’t even realised that she was ready for all of this.  But she was.

It was all meant to be…

Visiting hours were over at last.

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“Platform to Another World” ~ Flash Fiction

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‘Platform to Another World’ ~ Flash fiction

Were it not for the tell-tale modern phone wire across the skyline, the wizard thought he could still be in his past life.

He gazed at one of the tools of his trade, namely the magician’s time-piece on the windowsill.

What of that time-piece?

A good friend had gifted it to him; a fellow wizard.  Oh, the wonderful journeys he had been on!

“So, where to next?” pondered Professor Severus Snape as he heard the familiar chug of the Hogwart’s Express in the distance…

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A little bit about this piece of flash fiction:

Inspired partly by my current read ‘The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August’; the theme (so far) being time-travel.

Partly by the intriguing ‘time-piece’ that I saw on the windowsill in the photo.

Partly by one of my favourite characters in ‘Harry Potter’

And of course partly by my imagination…

I wanted to get the theme of Platform 9 3/4 into the title by a clever play on words… 😉

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‘The Glass and the Pearls’ ~ Flash Fiction for #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Penny teased the key out of the glass.  Perhaps it wasn’t the best place to keep a key – any burglar would probably look there first. But still, it seemed like the ‘right’ place to her.

She unlocked her jewellery box and rang her fingers over the sumptuous purple velvet lining, then carefully retrieved her string of pearls like they were a piece of beautiful bone china.

She knew she shouldn’t save wearing her pearls for special occasions but she still did.  And so, the pledge was made right there and then.  She would wear them more often.  No, she would wear them every day.  Every single day.

This was not a special occasion in the traditional sense but she knew she still had to wear her pearls.

The chime of the doorbell pulled her thoughts back to the now.  This was it.  Head up.  Deep, deep breath.  Yes, she looked together.  She looked much, much better than she felt.  She must now answer the door to her friend and hold herself together for the funeral of her dear old work colleague who was also her dear late husband.

Yes, she was a widow now and she would wear these pearls that her late husband had given her every day.  She would put them back in her jewellery box, lock it up and put the key back in the ‘Happy Retirement’ engraved glass every day.  For this was the glass chosen by her dear husband and she would look at the glass daily.  Such bitter-sweet memories of the glass and the pearls.

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By Carol Cameleon 2015

First published on this blog a year ago as part of a game where the theme was ‘glass’.  I felt the need to give it another airing 🙂

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Paper activities to make you feel better ~ December #PaperyPeep

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A quick flick through my diary tells me that the #PaperyPeep linky is here!  A-ha… another chance to look back at all things paper on my blog.  My last post was in October so somehow it seems that November passed by in a bit of blur and I somehow managed to miss it completely (PaperyPeep not November!  That was lurgy-ridden, which might explain why I missed November’s link-up).  Well my blog in general seems to have mentioned the lurgy rather too much, but that’s the way it has been.  The lurgy has given me plenty of scope for this post though!  Why?  How?  Well, it hasn’t got a streaming nose, isn’t coughing like an old hack, isn’t sleep deprived and hasn’t got a box of balsam tissues (must have balsam!!) dutifully sitting next to it.  So how has the lurgy come in useful?

Our little bear came a cropper to the sickness bug and unfortunately had to have a couple of days off school.  But when she began to recover, she began to explore her things that she doesn’t get all that much chance to explore these days because she’s usually at school (the irony!)  We made festive paper chains for the Christmas tree and we enjoyed exploring a couple of her Usborne books.

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I find them both very interesting and have learnt so much myself!  One is the ‘Children’s Picture Atlas’, the other is ‘Little Encyclopaedia of the Human Body’ given to us by a friend.  Both are intriguing and our little bear is soaking all the information up, asking lots of difficult challenging questions along the way.

My grey matter has really been working very hard thinking up simple ways of explaining how various parts of the body work.  The book does this too of course but it’s a year or so ahead of her age group  and she’s such a little sponge that I feel it’s important to explain on her terms and in her language.  She hasn’t really had the atlas book off the bookcase since she started school and it astounded me how well she’s doing with her reading and how differently she interacted with it.  She was telling me all about the world!  We see pretty much daily how well she reads when she reads her school book but this book really brought it home… I’m actually lost for words (well, nearly!)

Then there’s the Frozen jigsaw puzzle set (I blogged a fair bit on MummyBearsBlog about Frozen before the blog merger!).  I absolutely adore jigsaws and it seems our little bear has got the knack of them too 🙂  And the show stealer for me is of course a little card that she made which says “flowers for mummy and daddy”.  Escuse me while my heart melts!

So yes, it was a very papery-based month (or 2!) for the Bear house.  Let’s see what January will bring… 🙂

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A murder on the underground ~ October #PaperyPeep

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Last month I shared my reading stack for #PaperyPeep and this month I have well and truly got my paper groove on!

I’ve been reading ‘Whispers Underground’ by Ben Aaronovitch.  It appealed initially because:

“…down in the dark, in the tunnels of London’s Underground, the buried rivers, the Victorians sewers, there are whispers of vengeance from beyond the grave.”

Oooh a murder on the underground !  And so far so good.  It’s extremely well-written and the snippets of ‘theory’ behind the magic is amazing.

What else papery?  I got some pretty coloured envelopes for postcircle for an absolute song 🙂  Our little bear’s multitude of stickers have been used to jazz up the writing paper (while she isn’t looking of course…) and I’ve been receiving lovely snail mail too.

What could be better?  And with my thirst for paper sated, let’s see what November will bring… 🙂

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