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“The Feather,” Flash Fiction

August 23, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes magic. It can be a supernatural force, a moment or idea, or use it as a verb. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by August 28, 2018.


I finished my gardening chores and wrapped the hose into a coil. There on the ground was a tiny grey feather. I picked it up and placed it under my gloves on the table for safe keeping.

I walked toward the front garden where my daylilies drooped. I held the spray over the plants, and there on the ground was another gray feather!

I hurried to retrieve the first feather, but it was gone. It was then, the magic of the moment struck me. Without a doubt, this feather had wanted me to find it. What could it mean?

true story

A memoirist I will never be, but nevertheless, this happened to me last week. There is plenty of evidence that finding a feather (or a magical one, as I did) represents some good omens.


Two days later, I found a black feather, much larger, lodged in the rocks across from where I sit on my patio. Coincidence? Not to this fairy whisperer…

Click HERE to learn about the magic of finding a feather. <3

all the best writing Thanks for stopping by. <3


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. There are no coincidences.

  2. An enjoyable flash, Colleen. We found a peacock feather while we were away.

    • Colleen Chesebro

      Ohhh, lovely. That comes with a special message too. I bet it was beautiful! Lucky you! 😍❤️

  3. Feathers are powerful signs, Colleen. Some friends let me hunt their agate beach up toward Copper Harbor before he had to go to the Milwaukee VA for cancer treatment. I found an eagle feather that day! I gave it to him and we all found hope and peace in that message.

  4. Cool story. I picture you half in this world and half in another … and that’s cool, too!!!

    • Colleen Chesebro

      Exactly! I do seem to hover between the dimensions. Although, it could be that I’m experiencing my second childhood and that works too! LOL! 💜🦄🔮

  5. Great job Sis! <3

  6. Messages in the feathers!! I love that, Colleen! <3 I always make sure that there wasn't a bunch of feathers together, because it meant the strayed cat was naughty, I love finding little feathers. <3 <3

  7. How exciting! I love hearing about feathers and this was really cool

    • Colleen Chesebro

      I was shocked to say the least. I worried that I was on the right path. Two feathers gave me the answers I needed. 😀 <3

  8. Oooh! Interesting!!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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