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“Painting Clouds,” #FlashFiction

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the time or presence of mind to write some flash fiction. I’ve yearned for this weekly challenge from Carrot Ranch much like someone would miss chatting with an old friend. So, hello my old friend, Carrot Ranch. I’m glad to be back!

The June 27, 2019, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that involves paint. It can be fresh, peeling or in need of a coat. What is being painted and why? Go where the prompt leads! Respond by July 3, 2019.

Image by mayahawk from Pixabay

I measured the pigments into the old jelly jar using an ancient long handled spoon used only for my spell casting rituals. Slowly, I dribbled rain water from the last storm into the vessel and stirred with a clockwise motion. My eyes snapped shut as the colors swirled behind my lids pulsing with a life energy that desired recognition.

The contents of the jar spewed forth in a magnificent arc of light gracefully materializing into the shape of a rainbow – a manifestation of the divine. I smiled, content to paint the clouds with the stuff dreams are made of.

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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  2. What a perfectly beautiful image you painted, Colleen.

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  4. One day last summer I saw a dozen different rainbows many doubles. It was a magical day.

    • Ohhhh… I had goose bumps just reading that D. That refraction of light – that is the magic for sure. I’m convinced the veil thins between our worlds at those times. What we see is the divine. It’s truly amazing. <3

  5. Oh, yes! Bring it on! So good to see you conjuring flash magic again, Colleen!

  6. That is soooo good!!

  7. This is lovely Colleen. 🙂

  8. I love this! A magical bedtime story!

  9. Go wherever that rainbow road may take you! What an awesome flash.

  10. Love this sis. <3

  11. A wonderful way to work Colleen. Congratulations.

  12. Beautiful, Colleen!

  13. Colleen, you should write these more often! Really lovely…

  14. This is fun, Colleen. Nice piece.

  15. The perfect pre-bedtime story! (K)

  16. Love, love, love this! <3

  17. What a lovely entry Colleen 💜

  18. Divine, darling Sister! Just divine!

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