As a first timer to the Flash Fiction Challenge, and as a Brit, I wondered if my experience would find resonance in the hearts and minds of any Carrot Ranchers who should read it. Now, after reading the previous posts on the current Flash Fiction post, I find that it’s me who’s finding resonance. There was a comment left by one of the Ranchers who used her experience of a Ghost Town called St Elmo in the Collegiate Peaks of Colorado as the basis for her 99 word story. I’ve only ever been to the US once, but I was there for 3 months, from January 13th 1997 to April 13th 1998, when I visited with my father who lives in … wait, for it … Colorado, and more specifically, in a small town called Buena Vista in the Collegiate Peaks range of the Rockies. And the bell did indeed ring out clear when I read of Amber’s experience of the Ghost Town of St Elmo. It was rendered even more ghostly the day I visited as it was covered in a foot of crisp, untrodden snow. How amazing it is to be able to reach out across a 2-4,000 mile divide and connect to someone through the arc of both time and space like that. We really are all connected. I wonder now not if any shall find resonance, but instead how many :-).
June 25th: Flash Fiction
“Something about those two trees was familiar to him. They came into view as he rounded the arc of Tor Anda’s perimeter. A memory stirred yet did not spark recollection. He shook his wizened old head and gathered his cloak about him, shutting out the nip in the November air, and began to climb the Tor. Images flashed through his mind, but faded before …
There was frustration in his eyes, but Merlin knew better than to let it show anywhere else. He reached a terrace, and there it was, the spring. He knelt, cupped hands, drank deeply, and remembered.”
If the opening scene in Merlin’s Gambit were a coin, this would be the other side of it. The other side of Merlin’s life, for now he is old and trying desperately to remember what happened on the Tor all those years ago when he was a boy who talked to the Ents, the elementals, and the Little People. This older side of Merlin will be seen a lot in Book Two of the Merlin’s Gambit Trilogy, but I’m not going to tell you how, you’ll just have to wait and see. Suffice it to say that I’m working on the outline for the second book now. Well, actually you have Charli’s Flash Fiction and Carrot Ranch to thank for that, as I find the ranch to be such a delightful place to stay awhile that I can’t get off her fb page, and this idea might never have occurred to me if I weren’t plumbing the depths to fulfil the Flash Fiction requirements.
Brightest Blessings to you all,
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