January 14, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a life span. It can a life of a person as if flashing by or the life of a honey bee. What key elements would show a lifetime in brevity? Does it add to a character’s development or create tension? What is the emotion or is it void?
This week’s flash fiction at carrotranch.com is something of a celebration, with a lovely new look to the site and everyone all excited about its mission turning out to be more about the writers and readers than consulting stuff (over my head already) after all. We see the life of Carrot Ranch flash before our eyes in Charli’s post this week, and that’s exactly what the flash prompt asks us to write about too, a lifespan in a moment.
There were several moments in my Merlin’s life that flashed before my eyes as I thought about this prompt this morning and the flash below is the result. I am very glad to see that his favourite reflections are of the times he spends with Vanda and Brian, but none too surprised. Brian is, after all, the 21st century reincarnation of himself, and he sought Vanda out using very particular criteria in his search engine brain, knowing that she is not only the very best woman for the job he has in mind but also the most beautiful in mind and body that he has ever seen. Indeed, she saves him from most of the perils of love back in his own time because she becomes the only woman he ever truly loves …
Is it so hard spending the afterlife in a tree? It certainly gives me perspective. I look at those tender young years in Avalon, the beauty of ritual, the unconditional love of the women–how the magic grew there! I look at the life of Merlin the Kingmaker–solemn work, with little respite, little thanks! But it’s to the early years that I look most, all that bright adventuring with my beautiful archaeologist and her mild-mannered man: we built the impossible monastery, showed the world that there was another way–such a shame it didn’t want to listen.
The pictures? A sequence: from Merlin’s strong, contemptuous gaze upon her, Morgana manages to manipulate him into a position of power, from which she takes one more step and turns his making spell back on him in order to lock him in the tree. If you’re trying to follow the legendary order of things, it’s actually Nimuë who locks Merlin in the tree, but the first two pictures in the sequence are from the film Excalibur, in which Morgana locks him into a sort of huge ice block thing, but I couldn’t find a picture of that. When you can have Nicol Williamson as Merlin and Helen Mirren as Morgana, who cares about legendary order?!
The gorgeous painting below those is called Merlin Tree Heart, and it’s by Genevieve Esson. The symbolism is obvious, I don’t need to explain that, but I wanted to give Merlin the lovely colourful trees for speaking his reflection from as this Merlin is my creation and I couldn’t bear to think of him spending eternity somewhere dark, dank and dingy. So, my thanks to the artist for giving him somewhere bright for his afterlife.
As ever, I hope you’ve enjoyed this flash and if you’d like to experience more of my Merlin, there’s plenty of him in the posts under the Blogging My Book tab, just click on the blog in the menu at the top.
Brightest Blessings to you ALL,
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