Bubbles

Memories cannot be thrown away without a splash.

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Years of lies and hiding only delayed this desperate race through the woods.

As the man crashes though branches and stumbles over roots, the objects in his sack clang together—several tight-lidded jars, two wands, one ring, and a silver-clasped spellbook.

In another time, a fortune; today, a death sentence.

Reaching the edge of the river, he grips the sack in both hands and flings it as far as he can, hoping his pursuers cannot hear the splash.

As the last bubbles float up and pop, he whispers goodbye to the only keepsakes of his mother he had left, then turns and keeps running.



Written for this week’s Five Sentence Fiction challenge.


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9 thoughts on “Bubbles

    • Well, it’s definitely real in my fictional world, at this point in time, for one religion (the Sambarans). To be fair, there’s another religion (the Entovanites) who embrace arcane magical practice as another form of knowledge that advances civilization. Obviously none of that can be explained in this short piece (!) but if you read some of the other stories, you get more of the context.

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  1. I wonder, hasn’t the man’s mother passed down her knowledge of, or better yet her gift in the arcane arts? If she has, can he not put those items to use against his pursuers?

    Or maybe they are just normal items – not magical at all – and are simple reminders of his beloved mother, a crazy old woman who once *thought* she was a witch.

    See? I wanna read more. You did it, Joy. Nice work!

    Oh, and all with just five sentences. Now *that’s* impressive!

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    • Thanks! I’ll copy the same reply I made on FB, so anyone else who comes along here can see it:

      You bring up some good questions. I was thinking the mother was really a wizard. But the ability to do magic is not inherited and is not that common so it’s likely that the man doesn’t have it. That means the spellbook would be useless to him. In theory he could use the wands and ring, but the wands might be out of charges and the ring might not be especially useful for evading capture. Plus actually using any of this stuff would draw attention to him. And I have no idea what’s in the jars.

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    • Thanks Bryan! The five-sentence limit does force a very brief glimpse, but it’s an interesting challenge to get across something meaningful in that space. It really helps that I have this whole background world to work from.

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