Microfiction challenge #26: A journey

More on the fairy tale theme from Jane Dougherty this week.
You can review her challenge here:

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 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! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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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…

  5. Pingback: Microfiction challenge A Journey: the entries – Jane Dougherty Writes

  6. merrildsmith says:

    Lovely! (Over the Rainbow!) 🙂

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