Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge, 18th March, 2015

March 18March 18, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story to reveal a characters symptoms. It can be something the character is oblivious to, or terrified about. It can be a character concerned for a pet or a motorcycle. The symptoms can be what ales society. Go where the prompt leads. Or sleep on it, and see what a dream brings to you!

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The Earth has lost one of its sharpest minds, the Universe has taken back one of its truly gifted and most wonderful souls. Where will Sir Terry Pratchett, my hero, be needed next? Where will his brilliance shine now? The prompt this week is just perfect for me to pay my own tribute to a shining star cut down by dementia. It’s not enough, it’s not even good – and if you don’t know anything about the Discworld you won’t understand a word of it! But it’s mine. I like to think that over the years Mr P’s work has influenced my own, that I’ve learned a little from a true master. I wrote to him and asked a question. He wrote back and gave me an answer I’ve lived by ever since. I actually met him in a little square in Prague the following year and got to tell him thanks for that advice. I got to meet my hero! How does it get any better than that? Goodbye, Mr Pratchett, Sir … and, thanks, for everything.

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AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER

Soaring high above the disc on wings of exquisitely fine-chiselled thought-forms … following the orb as its light flows, slow as honey, to illuminate plains and mountains … listening to chittering nastinesses, poised to become the creatures of the dungeon dimensions … so many friends, Unseen, underneath, treading cobbles, tending dragons, Oblong to Post Office, lost now, no anchor to hold them fast to the disc.

Oh, agile mind, where are you? The Creator’s lifeblood slowly, inexorably cut away, piece by piece dismantled, will raise no more steam on disc or globe. But the legacy will never die. The End.

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Brightest Blessings to you ALL, as always,

Tally :-)

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1 Comment

  • Charli Mills says:

    To have a sharp mind and to see it dull from dementia is a heartbreak. What an incredible tribute, though! Thank you for sharing this! <3

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