“The Transformation,” #flashfiction

This week, we are to write about a bucket of water. I’m a bit out of practice, but hopefully this story will resonate with you.

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The Transformation

I stared into the bucket of water expecting to see my own image stare back at me. Instead, the image of a Rusalka water nymph wavered within the watery depths. Her eyes glinted with green fire and her golden hair drifted around her shoulders.

She slipped from the water and stood before me clothed only in the gray mists that circled the banks of the river.

“Come, friend. I’ll show you the way.”

“The way?”

“You died before your time, and now you’ve transformed into a Rusalka water nymph.”

“I’m dead?”

“Of course. You belong to the river now.”

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

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. Of course, a water nymph in the bucket. Why not? And she’s dead – what a rude awakening. Or maybe a joyful one? This is lovely, Colleen.

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  3. Lovely flash fiction. Your Rusalka water nymph seemed so real. 💕🤗💕

  4. Lovely take on the prompt!

  5. Fabulous piece Sis. And definitely the makings for another book! <3

  6. Gave me goosebumps!

  7. OH dear, Colleen. It might be nice to be a water nymph but not if you have to die first.

  8. Wonderful piece, Colleen.
    I hope a water nymph is waiting for me 🙂

    • The Slavic people believed that woman who died violent deaths, or committed suicide, or female babies born out of wedlock turned into Rusalka nymphs. I think it was a way to make sense of their deaths. I love Slavic mythology… very dark but interesting. <3

  9. magical story, have a productive and inspiring weekend🙏

  10. I think these 99 word challenges are really difficult, not much room to really get going!
    You managed to capture the essence beautifully though, well done!

  11. You belong to the river now… leading to a whole new story, methinks! <3

  12. I love how even your stories are informative! Satisfies my cravings for heady stuff.

  13. Now i’m sure you are batty

  14. Love your take sis 💜

  15. Bummer. So much for that trip to Harry Potter World.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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