The Door to Wherever

Agnes was fascinated by the door in the wall.
Whenever she asked where it led, she never got a direct answer until her aunt came to stay.
‘Ah,’ she said that sunny afternoon.
‘The door goes to wherever you want. It can be a garden, a castle, an island, a forest, anywhere that takes your fancy. You just have to believe.’
Agnes pondered over that for the next hour, and as her aunt sat comfortably in the gazebo with her afternoon tea laced with scotch (that no-one was supposed to know about), she decided to try it out.
Dressed in sensible shoes and a light coat, Agnes walked down the steps and was just about to try the latch when the head gardener bellowed across the lawn
‘Where do you think you’re going, young lady?’
Snatching her hand back, she turned to face him and said she was going on an adventure.
‘Ah. Aunt Maisie been telling you tales about The Door has she?’
Agnes looked at her shoes and with her hands behind her back, rocked from one foot to the other.
‘Sort of.’ she said. ‘I’m curious to know what’s on the other side. Is there a key?’
He scratched his beard and said ‘Yep.’
‘Do you know where it is?’
‘Yep.’
Getting a bit impatient for her nine years, she asked ‘Can I borrow it?’
‘Nope.’
Her shoulders slumped.
‘Tell you what though. You and your aunt meet me here at six o’clock and we’ll all go through together.’

Agnes was beside herself with excitement and was forever badgering her aunt to getΒ  move on as six o’clock was fast approaching and she wanted to go through the door.
Maisie smiled at the child.
Ben had been the family gardener for decades and they had been friends. She was glad he was going to show her what lay beyond the door in the wall.
When the door opened silently without a trace of age or neglect, Ben and Maisie stood aside and let Agnes walk through before them.
Agnes stood and stared.
‘It’s the same as our side,’ she said sadly.
‘Not quite,’ said Ben.
Turning her to one side, he pointed out a small mound with a crumbling wall on the top.
‘That was our castle,’ he said. ‘I was the imprisoned prince and your Aunt came to save me.’ He chuckled.
‘And over there,’ Maisie added, ‘is a pond where we used to play at being pirates.’
The adults laughed at her confusion.
Taking her gently by the shoulders, Maisie said
‘Close your eyes, and listen. There are birds and other animals here because this part of the grounds are secluded. Use your imagination, see where it takes you.’
Agnes did just that, and felt herself drifting, to a land of unicorns, fairies and dragons.

Written for KL Caley’s write photo prompt.

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a grey wooden traditional door set amongst some stone walls.

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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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23 Responses to The Door to Wherever

  1. Very sweet – love the fantastical quality! ☺️

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Lovely story Di the power of imagination πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  3. Sadje says:

    Nice story.

  4. Carol anne says:

    aww a lovely story Di! I was imagining myself being there too!

  5. murisopsis says:

    Imagination is a wonderful gift!! Love the ending – middle and even the beginning!!

  6. KL Caley says:

    This is so wonderful Di. Imagine all the adventures she will have. Thank you so much for joining in with this weeks #writephoto prompt. KL ❀

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  8. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Utterly fantastic 😊

  9. Such a lovely journey you took us on!

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  11. Jemima Pett says:

    Oh very nice… a secret garden, and then the lovely twist πŸ™‚

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