“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.

Image by Martin Klinge from Pixabay

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

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. Bummer. So much for that trip to Harry Potter World.

  2. Love your take sis 💜

  3. Now i’m sure you are batty

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

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

  6. 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!

    • I agree. That is the challenge… what I like is that the reader can fill in the blanks. She belongs to the river now… you know there is another story there. <3

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

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

  10. Gave me goosebumps!

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

  12. Lovely take on the prompt!

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

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  15. 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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