“Up, Child,” The Prophet said.
“How much farther?”
“You have exactly six days.”
“Then what happens?”
“I thought you wanted to go upward.”
“I do, Prophet, but…”
“But what, Child?”
“Where will you be?”
“Where you will be.”
“I don’t understand, Prophet. How can you be where I will be if you’re going to pause too.”
The Prophet observed The Child; he saw her inner frustrations eating away at the proclamation she’d given the day before, and he knew she would have to force herself to break through her lethargy.
“Get up, Child.”
“But you just said I had six days, Prophet.”
“I’ve been thinking about this upward thing?”
“In what way?”
“Well, it’s not bad walking on the water, playing with Mr. Whale, flying with Mr. Eagle and sleeping on Lily Pad.”
“I’ve even gotten used to you, Prophet.”
“I know, Child.”
“So, I thought maybe we could stay on the water instead of pausing. Then I could reach my goal earlier.”
“It’s not that easy, Child.”
“Why not? Why go upward, when I can keep going?”
“But what guarantee do I have that Mr. Eagle, Mr. Whale, and Lily Pad will be there when I have to take off again?”
“Then, what will I do?”
“Oh, Child, you’re making things hard for yourself. Haven’t you learned that nothing is constant? Everything changes.”
The Child looked at The Prophet. Sadness and happiness mixed with fear had her almost to tears.
“Do I have to go upward, Prophet?”
“Only, if you want to reach your goal.”
Hi, Pat. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. It's nice to meet a fellow writer. Are you working on a short story collection, or is this strictly for A to Z?ReplyDelete
Shonna Slayton YA Writer - Blogging the 1940’s from A to Z
I am working on a short story collection for The Child and The Prophet. I actually started working on it in 2013.
I hope to have an agent for it soon.
Thank you so much for dropping by.
Why does this sound like me...?ReplyDelete
Thank you, wise Patricia
Good question lady. I thought it sounded like me too. :-)Delete
I like this. Shows a bit of futility but also determination.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Patricia. So nice meeting you in the Challenge.Delete