Friday Flash Fiction

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First Light

They were the last to board.

As she ushered her children up the steps, she looked back at the limousine that had brought them here from the Mountains and waved. JK had been a good friend through this first gathering.

‘For Love and Light and the Good of the World’, the extraordinary invitation had said. She had wondered why her. ‘Ah… but you understand what the Good of the World really means. We have scientists and designers and politicians, but we were still missing Love and Light,’ said JK when asked. She supposed they knew what they were doing.

Of course, she never saw the bright golden light that surrounded her and her children. But they knew.

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117 words

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This is my first submission for the Friday Fictioneers. Every week the inimitable Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts an image on her blog and challenges people from around the world to write a one hundred word word story ‘with a beginning, middle and end’ and post the link to her blog.

Admittedly my first submission is 117 words but I felt that taking away more words would have taken away from the story. I am notoriously verbose so I actually think I did quite well.

I first read about the challenge on J.K. Bradley’s blog (discover it here) after he liked one of my earlier blog posts. He wrote a creepy contribution that made me curious about the Friday Fictioneers and well… The rest is recent history. So yes, J.K., the guy in my story is named after you. I hope you are suitably flattered!

The inspiring photo for this week’s challenge came courtesy of Rich Voza. Visit Rochelle’s blog here to read some other amazing submissions. And I would welcome your comments, of course.

For the curious: ‘Gold is the color of enlightenment and divine protection. When seen within the aura, it says that the person is being guided by their highest good. It is divine guidance. Protection, wisdom, inner knowledge, spiritual mind, intuitive thinker.’

It might surprise you that I did not know this when I wrote my story. I’ll make an even crazier confession: When I was pregnant with my eldest daughter Isabeau, I/we breathed golden light. Which is whence my inspiration for this little story came.

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Ssquisshy ssilk under glass

Some yarn is just so pretty, you want to look at it all day. I could not resist…

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This extraordinarily beautiful yarn is Diva Sock Silk in colourway Early Rise from Dutch Wool Diva, an online shop selling yarn dyed by the Diva herself, among other things. She also offers dyed felting and spinning wool and a range of other knitting, crocheting and spinning necessities.

Agnès runs a monthly prize drawing in her Ravelry group, where group members can submit a picture relating to a specified theme. Agnès selects her favourite picture and dyes one of her yarns to match. Isn’t it gorgeous? I just want to look at it all the time.

Today I remembered the glass cake stand I inherited from my oma. Like some others in our family (I’m not naming names but yours truly is included), my maternal grandmother was a bit of a… well… a pack rat. Having lived through WWII in what was then the Dutch East Indies and the subsequent period leading up to Indonesian independence from the Netherlands, she knew what it was to have nothing. Pretty much all they had left after the war and nationalist camps was a box of photos that had survived in an uncle’s garden shed and some jewellery she had managed to hide in an empty powder box. There are many more tales to tell about my grandmother because she was an extraordinary woman. Today, however, I wanted to tell you about the cake stand she gave me. It is mismatched and has no real value, I suppose, except for the emotional value it has to me.

So I love the cake stand but never really knew what to do with it. Looking at that lovely sun-and-sky-coloured skein with its pretty glaze, I just could not bear the thought of it sitting on my desk gathering dust. Enter the cake stand! With the wool inside, it creates a pretty picture on my desk. Just perfect! Now all I have to do is think of something I really, really want to knit with this. I am thinking a lovely lace wrap or scarf that shows off the vivid orange splashes. Suggestions, anyone?

In conclusion, I hope Agnès and Abessijn at the Dutch Wool Diva’s Ravelry Group won’t mind if I share the beautiful photograph that inspired the Early Rise colourway with you.

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Early Rise colourway inspiration © Dutch Wool Diva and Abessijn, who submitted the beautiful photograph for the November competition.