I’ve written this story for the Flash Fiction Challenge at Carrot Ranch.com.
September 21, 2017, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about what it is to gather a harvest. You can use the phrase or show what it means without using the words. Go where the prompt leads.
Respond by September 26, 2017, to be included in the compilation (published September 27). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!
The crops were finally in. Astrid paused beneath the orange glow of the autumnal moon. It was time.
A mystical vision had revealed her new task. Astrid was to harvest the wishes and dreams of her people. Then, she was to drop them into a silver goblet and swirl them together to be sprinkled back upon the earth like dew as a gift from the gods.
The coolness of the night did not discourage her. Astrid raised the chalice and scattered the contents to the heavens. The dew crystalized from the cold and a lacy frost covered the ground.
© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.