Microfiction challenge #27: Rescue

Ah Jane, my mind is filling with ideas for your challenge this week.

This week’s illustration is from Virginia Frances Sterret.

microfiction-rescueShe had been cursed never to love or be loved.
She prayed and wished for a miracle, which came in the form of a wizened crone, a crafter of spells. But it had a price.
She pondered for a moment. What point was there to being forever alone otherwise?

Over the years, it was not uncommon to see her walking with a menagerie in her wake.
Large or small, animals came to her, trusting her, forever loyal, safe in the sanctuary of her tender and loving care.

The old witch and she had agreed that she would know True Love just once, and having experienced it, her lover would be transformed for eternity.

Each night, she would fold her arms around the beloved neck of the White Stag, feel the warmth of his breath against her skin, and remember the embrace they shared all those years ago.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also 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 were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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8 Responses to Microfiction challenge #27: Rescue

  1. Ah! The frustration of being reliant on an old hag’s magic! At least the white stag will be better company than many human husbands I can think of 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    I keep thinking what a terrible curse that was: “never to love or be loved.” Its the removal of hope that would get to me..I think we all need to at least have hope…

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  4. merrildsmith says:

    Oh so sad! Though it seems she does have the love of animals. I wondered why she had been cursed.

  5. annwjwhite says:

    What a curse to love only once!

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