Thursday, June 14, 2012

Drinking in a Lavender Rose Petal Spell


I should never have cast the spell. But I am merely their servant. They speak. And I must do as they say. The roses call me home tonight. A silver trail, bathed in moonlight, leads to the garden gate. I fumble for the wrought iron latch. The hinges squeak over the rustle of petals.

My beloved's scent lingers in the branches tangled in my hair. Drops of dew cling to my dress. River water drips from the hem from when we stumbled into the brook. Too wrapped up in each other to notice the dip in the path.

I left him under the hawthorn tree. Drunk from our love. His kiss still tingles on my rosebud lips. But tomorrow he will wake and find me gone. He will not understand. That I cannot love just one man.

For I am true love. I am the spell. I wake the ones who've fallen. The ones who've lost their way. I shake them from their slumber. There is another, somewhere, who waits for you. Who aches to hold you and care for you. She whispers words at midnight, praying for a love as strong as yours. Go find her, beloved. Go find her. She is yours.

I leave them after. I've learned that. Because if I stay, they think I am the one. But I am not. I am no one's beloved. I am nothing more than a spell. My fingers curl into the braided vines. I drag myself into the swing. And close my eyes.  

My head falls forward. I breathe in their scent. The essence of all that is life. Their beauty fills me. Restoring my power. Re-awakening the spell. I sink back into their velvet folds. They carry me as I sleep. And dream of you. Beloved.

Until we meet again.


This, dear friends, is my first flash fiction piece ever. The lovely Anna Meade of the enchanting Yearning for Wonderland blog and @ruanna3 on Twitter came up with the idea to hold a Pinterest Faerytaleish Flash Fiction Contest based on fairy tale photos pinned to her group board. The contest has come and gone, but after reading the stunning entries, I was inspired to dip my toe in the water of flash fiction. Who knows if it will ever happen again. :) 

14 comments:

  1. Love this-and to think, you just looked at that image and came up with a fascinating story! Flash fiction seems like a great way to churn up stories for future novels. I enjoy Anna's blog as well as pinning on her Faerytaleish board.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! There are so many beautiful images to choose from. I was lucky to stumble across this one. :)

      Delete
  2. Sophie, this is beautiful. You have such a lovely talent! I agree with Chris, what a great way to stir up ideas for a full lenght novel, and I can really see this playing out. What a charmingly wonderful way to start the day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. :) I definitely wasn't thinking about a novel when I wrote this! But I really appreciate your encouragement.

      Delete
  3. I love your prose! Beautiful flash fiction. Very fairlike in the telling! Well done!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much! It was surprisingly fun. I might have to try it again. :)

      Delete
  4. It reads like poetry - lyrical magic in every line! I do love your writing and I'm so glad you're embracing flash fiction :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. :) It means a lot to me. Have been wary of how to write something that short but still pack a punch. Glad I gave it a shot.

      Delete
  5. Wow, Sophie! More, I want more. I think you have the beginnings of a haunting tale. Love the title too. Thank you for sharing. (keep the story going....)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Kim! I love your magical art so much and am flattered you'd want to read more of this story. I'll see what I can do... :)

      Delete
  6. I hope you dip your toes into the flash fiction pond again and again!! This is beautiful - both the story and the storycraft!! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Ruth! I really appreciate your kind words and that you took the time to read my first attempt at flash fiction. I've been admiring Anna's tribe of flash fictionista's for quite some time and didn't know I had the courage to give it a try. Thank you. :)

      Delete
  7. So beautiful, haunting and delightfully fairy-taleish. Be careful, because now that we've got a taste of your toes, we may just want you to jump in and play!! This was so lovely had to re-read it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no, I have to finish editing The Selkie Enchantress! Just kidding. :) I think this is just what I needed to get the creative juices flowing again. Sometimes editing a novel will make you want to go crazy and I really needed to create something instead of critique for at least a couple hours. Thank you for your kind words about my first flash fiction piece. :)

      Delete