Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge, 4th February, 2015

February 4

February 4, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a nutty aunt. What makes her nutty? Is it the situation she’s in or a quirky habit? She can be anybody’s aunt. Maybe she’s really somebody’s uncle but wants to be an aunt. Maybe it’s the name of a cowpoke’s horse, a hockey team or a village pub. Follow where the prompt leads.

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Three Mad Aunts

Long summer evenings in Avalon around the magical solstice, sitting under the stars, constellations rising and setting again. There would be talk of the ancestors and the legendary creatures who came long before: Epona riding her side-saddled horse as her serpent winds by; Eluned, her ring fastened around her neck, not rendering her perpetually invisible to all; and Elaine, the Lady of Shallot, so in love with Lancelot that she dies of a broken heart when her love still remains unrequited. A pretty chain of follies do they make snaking up the twilit hillside, the three mad aunts.

I think mad aunts ought to come in threes – I had three mad aunts, my mother did too – but especially mythological ones! I’m not really sure where these three sprung from. Where do any ideas spring from but the fountains of our experience and imagination, so they must have been ready and waiting in the wings, clamouring to get back on stage. There’s a bit of a time lapse thing going on here, as my Merlin is actually predating Eluned and Elaine by at least three decades. But, as he points out to me when I bring up these chronology issues, he could be anywhere and any when, so it’s best not to second guess the quirks of imagination. What I find the most surprising, though, is that there are no pictures of Eluned at all! Her place in myth and legend, so it would seem, is lost to the Google generation. Even a search for the Thirteen Treasures of Britain – a cache of staggering proportions, one would think – and specifically the Ring of Invisibility, has no mention of her. Merlin’s uncharacteristically quiet on that one.

I really am just about to post And of the Secret Never to be Told, the exciting scene which I publicly bound myself to posting last week and did not. So, if you’ve enjoyed this flash and you’d like to experience more of my Merlin, stay tuned! You can also read more of his partners in fiction in the previous posts under the Blogging My Book tab, just click on the blog in the menu at the top.

Brightest Blessings to you ALL, as always,

Tally :-)

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  • Charli Mills says:

    This is such a beautiful scene and I love the idea of the three as a trio of mad aunts. Brilliant! I like Epona because of her horse and that picture of her is gorgeous. How interesting that Eluned is not to be found — an ironic, because of her invisibility! I like that you used “the ring to bind them all” from LOTR because it is a reminder that Tolkien was well-versed in the mythologies of Britain. That, too, is often lost on the google crowd. 🙂 Many blessings!

  • Tally Pendragon says:

    Yes, I think Eluned must have been wearing the ring when Google searched for her! 🙂

  • Irene Waters says:

    I must admit I have never heard of Eluned but I like the idea of the three mad aunts and Eluned wearing the ring of invisibility. Sad she died of a broken heart though.

    • Tally Pendragon says:

      She’s not one of the ladies you normally hear much of in the Matter of Britain, but then you probably don’t see much of her either, unless she takes the ring off! It’s Elaine who dies of the broken heart, but who wouldn’t if they were married to Lancelot, always gadding about after Guinevere like he was! I did enjoy the three mad aunts, though, I must admit. And it makes me glad if you did too :-).

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