“The Blessings of Ziva,” #FlashFiction

October 30, 2020, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about life savers on any body of water. It can be a formal Coast Guard, historical or contemporary. It could be an individual who unexpectedly takes on the role. Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by November 3, 2020.

The Blessings of Ziva

“Hurry or we’ll be late, Bisera. We have to be there before sunrise,” called Emika.

Bisera balanced the jug on her hip without spilling a drop. “I’m right behind you, Emika. Did you remember to bring the apple?”

“I found the last red apple in the bin. The apple and the water are our offerings to Ziva, the ancient goddess of water.”

Bisera reached the river and tumbled toward the icy depths. “Help me.”

Emika grabbed the girl’s scarf and saved her from harm.

“Thank you, Emika. The goddess put you in the right place at the right time.”

On the eve of the New Year, in ancient Slavic countries, the young maidens took offerings of water and apples to the local river to honor the goddess Ziva. Read more about Ziva, the Slavic Goddess of Water, whose name itself means life.

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27 thoughts on ““The Blessings of Ziva,” #FlashFiction”

  1. Great flash, Colleen! I like the action of carrying a jug of water on her hip without spilling a drop — it speaks to her steadiness and that she’d be the one who acts as a life saver. Water is life!

  2. Lovely to learn more about Ziva the Goddess. And you know these stories and myths all have their roots in truth some where back in time. 🙂💙🙏

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          1. True that! Great idea. That’s why I signed up to start writing challenges. It helps broaden my abilities. 🙂

          1. I will. I’m on my phone, so I’ll come back to it when I’m on my computer. Thanks for sharing. 🥰🥰🥰

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