Microfiction: Rain Shadows

I wonder if raindrops have shadows. Everything has a shadow. The rain must have a shadow too. I think I’ve seen rain shadows once, in my garden, but now I’m not sure. I look for them every time it rains. Mostly I see only light and water. But sometimes – in the grass, on a wall – I see them. Rain shadows. And I know they’re there.

 

 

The Last Rose Of Babylon

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The Last Rose of Babylon sat beneath the willow tree. All around her was a dream of emerald. Floating in this dream were butter-coloured lilies and daisies like fallen stars. The dying embers of sunshine glittered in her hair.

Oh but if it could last, she thought.

She knew it could not.

Tomorrow the Persians invade.

The time for gentle things was gone.

 

(Image courtesy of Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie)

Written for Sunday Writing Prompt “It’s All in the Title”

Aylin’s Sanctuary #writephoto

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My mind is my only sanctuary. It’s the only place where I’m in control.  Outside, danger and death stalk my every move. But inside, they hold no power over me.

I’ve created a world for myself. I’m Princess Asturine, a beautiful but misunderstood royal who gave up courtly duties in favour of a more spiritual lifestyle.

They’ve given me my own property away from prying eyes. There’s a lovely garden out back full of flowers growing wild and free. There’s a gazebo there crowned by weeping willows. I like to read there on my own. The breeze reminds me of rosewater, and the raindrops in the willow fronds are like little lights in the darkness.

Not everyone approves of my garden.

Mum is angry. “What are you saying? That she’s crazy?”

The psychiatrist is trying to calm her down. “Aylin doesn’t know the difference between reality and fantasy.”

I can hear Mum’s sobs from my garden.

They float past the lily pond to the gazebo where I sit, eyes closed.

I’m sorry Mum, I want to say. It’s not that I don’t know the difference. It’s just that I don’t want to.

 

(Image courtesy of Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo)

Written for Sue Vincent’s Writephoto prompt: Sanctuary

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