Magic Forest

Juna entered the magic forest, making her way to the wizard’s cottage.

When the wizard answered the door, she pleaded, “Mama needs healing.”

The wizard handed Juna a vial of Phoenix tears and said, “Have her drink this and she’ll be healed.  But, there is a cost for magic. You must return and live in the forest, caring for its creatures.”

Sitting beneath a Banyan tree, Juna looked down at her wrinkled hands.  A centaur strolled by.  Fairies twinkled and pixies fluttered.  Juna felt no regret.  Her mother lived out her natural life.  The forest thrived under Juna’s care.


“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  The challenge is to write a story, using only 100 words, in response to a photo prompt.  It has been a lot of fun to join in with this fantastic and encouraging group of writers!  This week’s photo prompt was provided by K. Rawson.  If you would like to read other Friday Fictioneers’ stories, visit HERE.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely story – (did you mean fairies?) – sounds like she had a satisfying life.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thank you, Susan, for your comment and thanks so much for pointing out my typo! =) I changed it.


  2. pennygadd51 says:

    What an interesting take, not just on the prompt but on life. Your story implies that the high price for a cure for someone you love may be a blessing, not just for the cure but actually in paying the price. Juna seems to have found it intensely rewarding. Nice work – I like a story that makes me think!

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    1. I’m so glad, Penny, that you enjoyed the story and that it was thought-provoking. Thank you for stopping by. =)


  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice story – I think I would take a job like that if it was offered! 🙂

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    1. For sure, I imagine I would very much enjoy caring for magical creatures! Thank you for commenting. =)

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  4. draliman says:

    Not too bad a price to pay. Centaurs, faeries and everything! A magical place 🙂

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    1. It would be magical indeed, a job I’d love to have! =)

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  5. Dear Brenda,

    It seems that Juna found her calling in her mother’s healing. Magical story.



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    1. Thank you so much, Rochelle! =)


  6. What a lovely, magical tale.

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Clare! =)


  7. jillyfunnell says:

    Brenda, we need more Junas in our lives – lovely story. Centaurs and faeries, what is not to like there? :), best wishes, Jilly.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jilly! =)


    1. Thank you so much! =)


  8. granonine says:

    I love the magic in this story.

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    1. Me too, wouldn’t the world be better with fairies, centaurs, and phoenixes! 🙂

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  9. Dale says:

    So glad I came back to see what I had missed! This was enchanting and a win-win for all… lovely, Brenda.

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    1. So nice you stopped by and thanks so much! I love a happily ever after ending! 🙂

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