Microfiction challenge #26: A journey

More on the fairy tale theme from Jane Dougherty this week.
You can review her challenge here:
https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/4205397/posts/1254065043

Illustrator for this week’s challenge—John Bauer
journeyThey had been promised a revelation should they choose to make The Journey.
Only Jason had any idea as to what that revelation might be, that it could only be better than the dull and colourless lives they currently lived.
He, his wife Eleanor, and their six children set off early one morning, he carrying the youngest as there was no more room on the horse.
Willow was a magnificent beast. Strong and reliable, each step positive and true as they began their journey into the unknown.

The children huddled together, anxious not to fall or hinder their progress.
They travelled for days, which soon became weeks, then months, always towards the sun for guidance.
It was Tippy who noticed it first.
She thought it was a trick of her young tired eyes, but with each progressive step, it was more defined.
‘Look Papa’, she said. ‘ Willow’s bridle is changing!’
Jason had been so intent on the landscape ahead, he hadn’t noticed.
‘Papa! Papa!’ Will cried. ‘Look at your breeches! It’s magic!’
Eleanor looked down with wonder at her husband.
‘It is indeed magic,’ she whispered.

Far behind them lay the black and white past.
The Future was bright, and full of the most beautiful coloured hues.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Microfiction challenge #26: A journey

  1. What a lovely idea! Just before I read your story I was thinking how attractive the single splash of blue was. You explained it beautifully 🙂

  2. Bernadette says:

    Out of the bland into color – love this.

  3. Michael says:

    Delightful tale Di, enjoyed your take very much..

  4. Oh fabulous! I love this! It works so well with the image, explains it all. I hope we are all heading that way…

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  6. merrildsmith says:

    Lovely! (Over the Rainbow!) 🙂

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