“The Crow’s Secret,” Flash Fiction


June 21, 2018, the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about “not all is lost.” It can include recovery from disaster, an unexpected insight after a fall, or however the phrase moves you. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by June 26, 2018.



She was losing control of her powers. Zaria woke up, hovering above the bed staring down at the rumpled sheets twisted below. She fell, landing hard on the floor. Without her magic, she was nothing. She would be banned from the witch’s council.

Zaria arose from the floor. From his perch on the windowsill, crow flapped his wings and landed on her shoulder. He whispered in her ear, “Not all is lost. I’m here to give you the gift of clairvoyance.”

The young witch grinned. She felt the veil lift. Thank you crow, I see what you are saying.”

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro



I’ve been seeing crows! These fascinating birds have both a good and bad reputation with plenty of stories to back up those beliefs. Explore some crow mythology HERE.

Some see crows as the harbingers of death. I see them as an omen of change. Crows symbolize ancient wisdom and knowledge. When the crow appears, be reminded of who you are, and what you are capable of.

It is believed that crows appear to encourage you to use your second sight. With the gift of clairvoyance, one can peer into the spirit realm. Better yet, the crow is asking us to live authentically and to embrace our true potential.

Can you see what I’m saying?

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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Love your take sis 😍

  2. Cute. This is a lot harder than it looks, a story in a few words.

  3. Great one! Crows are such interesting animals and love the positive message. Well done, Colleen!

  4. I just had to read this story Colleen. My friend and I were serenaded by a young crow on Friday as I helped her weed in her garden. 😍

  5. Very nice piece.

  6. I see exactly what you’re saying. 🙂 Fun story, Colleen.

  7. Excellent, sister. I loved this. I think crows always bring hope when all seems lost. They were The Morrigan’s birds when a battle had ended and they worked with her to release the souls of the fallen warriors.

  8. Crows are magnificent and mischevious. Your flash captures both!

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  10. A lovely positive piece, Colleen. Crows and Ravens are both very interesting birds.

    • I’m rather fascinated with the crows right now. There are a few that hang around our neighborhood. They don’t mess with all the tiny finches or siskins, so I’ve been feeling their vibes. LOL! 😀

  11. (Glad to see you are up and running again… Cheers, Jules)

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