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.
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,
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