Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge, 15th April, 2015

April 15

April 15, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about nurturing a neighborly relationship. It can be a next-door neighbor, a neighborhood critter or a neighborly place like a schoolhouse or community garden. Show what nurturing looks like for characters or places involved.

I’ve been an absentee from the Carrot Ranch for a few weeks. This was due to illness but, thankfully, that particular relapse seems to be on the mend now, so I’m back in the saddle. It’s not easy to discipline your mind back into the intricacies of writing when it’s spent the best part of three weeks dissecting the plots of the marvellously various TV detectives available through Amazon Prime TV, but it’s good to be able to actually sit at my desk and make it try to function again. I hope this piece will fit the bill. When I read the prompt I immediately thought of this paragraph from the latest scene of Earth Magic purely because of the sheer love for her work that Vanda has and the nurturing passion that fuels her vision. To me it was a perfect fit. I hope you like it too. Right now I’m off to bed to watch the latest episode of Outlander, again! So, goodnight ALL.


Vanda’s Vision

“Wow, this vision of yours is pretty special, isn’t it?” Brian soothed as they walked back across the precincts of Glastonbury’s ruined abbey. “Would you tell me about it?”

Vanda continued: “It’ll be a visitor attraction. One where visitors will experience how a medieval monastery worked on a day-to-day basis, and feel how it was to live the experience. But so much more … a centre of learning, for all ages … archaeology, history, and spirituality. We’ll give people the understanding of it all, while all the time entertaining them beyond their wildest dreams, and rekindling a real community.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this reworked 99 word piece from the latest scene of Earth Magic, adapted specifically for flash fiction Carrot Ranch style. If you’d like to read the whole scene you can find it by clicking on the Blog tab on the menu bar at the top of the page, then the Blogging My Book tab in the drop-down menu.

Thank you for reading,

Tally 🙂

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  • Charli Mills says:

    Sometimes we need that all around break. After a surgery went awry I was in the hospital much longer than expected and my grown children took turns sitting with me and we did a “Lost” DVD marathon. And that reminds me, I need to get Season 1 of “Outlander” on DVD. No prime or netflicks for northern Idaho! 🙁
    I love this vision that holds the Merlin story together like a lynchpin.

  • Irene Waters says:

    Glad to hear you are on the mend and hope you can recover from your new found addiction. Her premonition was right. I have fond memories of Glastonbury and all the merlin shops. I’d forgotten that until reading your flash.

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