Title: The Fairytale
Source: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Week of March 14, 2017
Word count: 160 words
They told the story every year, but nobody believed it. Only Alufa believed. Mother told her people use to follow the words of the story, but they found nothing. She said it was only a fairytale.
Alufa didn’t accept the argument that since no one had found it, it wasn’t real. This year she decided not to wait any longer. She packed a bag and set out alone, guided only by memorized words and unwavering conviction.
She walked for days, weeks, months, banishing the tendrils of doubt each time they entered her mind. Reciting the words aloud as she walked, she stopped and stared wondering if her eyes merely conjured what she wished to find. She walked closer and tentatively reached out to verify the illusion. Her hand touched metal, the car from the story.
Alufa, collapsed against the rusting metal frame, she had found the portal. The story was true and at last she would lead her people home.
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer