(100-word flash fiction)
They had climbed the whole day. Yet, the peak looked as far away as when they had started.
Night, a thick furry blanket, fell fast and dark, so they pitched their tent. After dining, Arial left Adam by the campfire to explore a clump of trees.
Her flashlight caught a pair of large, round eyes staring, unblinking.
“Kuuu-koo,” it said.
“The peak is not unreachable,” she heard.
“It seems so,” she said.
“You can change your reality in a blink,” she heard.
Next morning, when they awoke, they were at the peak, looking down at a valley of wildflowers.
Tried what I think is magic realism 🙂 And also missing the call of the Ruru (Morepork) that I used to listen to until late into the night in NZ.
I can now safely re-christen Wednesday night to Friday Fictioneers night 🙂 thanks to our lovely Rochelle 🙂
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I love the turnaround at the end. And the dark and furry night…good one. Perhaps it just took a good night’s sleep to change their perspective.
Thanks very much Rochelle. Owls are said to be wise, so I thought they would a good conveyor of wisdom that all obstacles are created by the mind. Something, I am struggling to overcome in my life atm. 😀
That’s an ongoing struggle for all of us, I believe. Just when I’ve conquered one obstacle another takes its place. 😉
Great, how a change of attitude can do wonders. Beautiful story.
Thanks Moon. Yes, perspective is everything 🙂
I love this!
Thanks Sandra 🙂
Oh, I loved it! The animals do speak, if we but listen. Remember my Gran teaching me that when I was little and learning to survive in the wilds. “Watch the animals. Listen to their voices.” She would say. “They will tell you how to survive.” Thank you for the memory! 🙂 ❤
You had to learn to survive in the wild. That would be a very interesting story indeed 🙂
Just a normal part of growing up. Sorry, must be a cultural thing. Native Americans are taught wilderness survival very early on (9-12yrs). It’s just second nature to me now.
I wish all of us are taught that. With earthquakes and hurricanes and other natural phenomena affecting us on the rise.
Lovely magical tale.
Thanks very much.
I love the concept of the changed reality. Beautiful fantasy.
Maybe changed reality is just another day being rested… still loved the idea of such magic
Maybe. Maybe reality can really be changed 🙂
Kuuukoo lovely sounding idea.
Thanks Michael. The ruru, the tiny owl native to NZ is also called morepork because, it is said, its call sounds like more-pork. But not to me 🙂
A delightful tale indeed.
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Thanks Keith 🙂
I enjoyed your story. It felt authentic. It’s wonderful how our spirit can tell us things when we open up to the world around us!
Yes, magic realism. Like a talking blue dog but with a really cute spotted owl (yes, had to see what a morepork looked like). Excellent!
Love the dark and furry night and magical ascent. Nice take on the prompt.
Thanks very much 😊
If only it were that easy to reach the things we strive for. Well done. :o)
Thanks very much. They say the mind is a powerful thing.
A lovely tale. The mind is a powerful thing.
Thanks. Yes, that’s the point 😊
Lots of magic in the stories this week. Wonderful ending. Good job.
Thanks very much 😊
Brilliant! As I experienced recently in the Himalayas, it might seem far away but it’s all about putting one more step forward.
Yes, exactly. Because sometimes the obstacles may be only in your mind.
Ah magic or just the tiredness from the hike. Nice one.
This was fabulous. The mind is so very powerful… that and a full night’s rest!
Ah wizard(a) or just the tiredness from the cost increase. Yes, that’s the full point 😊