Opposing Forces: Saturday Mix 10th April

Sarah is our host for the Saturday Mix challenges.

This week we are dipping our toes into the pool of OPPOSITES.
Our challenge is all about “opposing forces” and the use of antithesis in our writing.
You will need to use the two opposing words in your response – which can be poetry or prose.
Our words this week are:
– imprison and free
– break and mend

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Magic is a wonderful thing. He knew the only way to keep her safe was to imprison her, but in such a way as to give the illusion she was free.
She could come and go as she pleased, play with the animals and be at one with Nature, knowing none would hurt her. But should she come close to break his protective barriers, something would distract her and guide her back into the fold.
It was not a bad life. She wanted for nothing.
She had friends, but unbeknown to her they were illusions too.
Her presence was a means to mend his broken heart at the loss of his beloved, but he accepted this could not be permanent, and at some stage she would start to ask questions.
Until then, he was her guardian and loyal companion, a playful puppy forever at her side as she enjoyed the wonders of childhood.
Yes, magic is a wonderful thing.


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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21 Responses to Opposing Forces: Saturday Mix 10th April

  1. Sadje says:

    Heartwarming story

  2. So sweet. I want to know more.

  3. Thats a lovely story, great use of the prompts and such a sweet bond between dog and human. Well done.

  4. That scared the crap out of me!

  5. Cara Hartley says:

    I think it wouldn’t be a terrible thing to be imprisoned in a lovely garden with a playful puppy.
    ~cie from poetry of the netherworld~

  6. Your story reminded me of a book I absolutely loved by Dot Hutchinson called “The Butterfly Garden”. Just some random similarities.

    • Hi Christine. I’ve never heard of this book, but it sounds charming.

      • Well, I should mention that it is a little dark. It is about a man who kidnaps girls and keeps them as his butterflies in a garden. I don’t recall it being horribly graphic or anything but it just reminded me of someone keeping another being, just wanting them to live in their own idea.

  7. murisopsis says:

    Wonderful story! Girl’s best friend – much better than diamonds!

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