“The Dream,” #FlashFiction

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Prompt for February 7, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a sign. It can be a posted sign, a universal sign, a wonder. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by February 12, 2019.


I’ve been writing like a mad woman for months on my newest creation – The Sisters of the Fey – Genesis. I thought a sneak peek might be in order… This is the actual beginning of the book, plus or minus a few words. Are you intrigued?

It began with a dream so real that I woke up on the hard floor beside my bed. My first thought was that the ancestors were trying to tell me something. They often spoke with signs, like the day I found a feather on the ground where no birds tarried or how the wind caressed my face a certain way.

Sometimes, they spoke by invoking a change in the weather, such as when the clouds blocked out the sun leaving a coldness behind. Then, the ancestors spoke to me through the shadows. And, when the ancestors spoke, I listened.

The Slavic Witch, Baba Danica & Crow

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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49 Comments

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  2. Oooh! Keep it coming! Excited for this project.

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  4. Ooh love the beginning Colleen. It really draws you in. 🙂

  5. That excerpt got me curious as to why she woke up pn the floor:)

  6. Great job, Colleen!

  7. I love it, sis, it draws you in from the start, and I love how you posted the pic of you too. <3

  8. Intrigued? Yes! Love the build-up to that final line.

  9. Definitely intriguing. Looking forward to reading more! ❤️

  10. This is a great teasing, Colleen. I can hardly wait to hear what you heard. <3

  11. You’re writing in my favorite style of first person. I look forward to the rest of the story. 🙂

    • Now that made my day, EC. I struggled with manuscript until I started writing in the more intimate first person. Suddenly it flowed. There’s lots of magic in this story. I know you will love it. 😍❤️

  12. It’s a great beginning. Loved it.

  13. Lovely and mystical, Colleen. What a great glimpse into a larger story.

  14. Yup, I’m loving it and need to know more! <3 xx

  15. Intriguing, sis x

  16. Beautiful! Thank you for the energy you put into following the signs! <3

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