Seer

Each year, I watched over her as she disappeared.  Some years, she was gone for days and other years, for weeks.  

We rented a flat with sparse furnishings, and she made herself comfortable.  Besides playing the part of nursemaid, I acted as her bodyguard, for there were those who searched for her.

Where she went, I never questioned.  Inside her mind, outside our world, to another realm.  Some years her predictions were dire, especially recently. 

Sitting on the couch beside her, my weapon nearby, I watched until she woke with a sigh, a grin, and hope for good days ahead.

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Thank you for stopping by and reading my small story. It was inspired by Lunar New Year celebrations here in Hong Kong and a hope for a better year up ahead.  

This is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of the photo prompt each week to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story.  This week’s intriguing photo was provided by Na’ama Yehuda.

If you would like to join in and write your own story, or if you would like read the stories of others from this week, visit here.

Happy Lunar New Year to you and yours!!

45 Comments Add yours

    1. Well, that made me smile. Thanks, Neil!

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  1. Sandra says:

    Really enjoyed this, had to read it twice. It sounds as though he has decided to bring things to an end? Or maybe it’s self defence. Well done.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra. I’m happy you enjoyed the story and read it twice! In my mind, he’s her protector and watches over her while she sees, but I like your interpretation too. It is a bit muddled. I blame the word limit. (haha)

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    2. I did “tweak” it a little. 🙂

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  2. You left a lot here for our imagination. I like that. Well done.

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    1. Thanks so much, Russell, for that encouragement. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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  3. An intriguing tale Brenda! Even the narrator didn’t know what she was up to. Nice one.

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    1. Thanks so much, Keith. I’m glad you found it intriguing. 🙂

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  4. oneta hayes says:

    Hoping for her, a brighter future.

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    1. For sure! A brighter future is what she predicts. 🙂

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  5. Bill says:

    I also went back for another look. We always want to know, ‘then what.’ Well done, Brenda.

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    1. I’m glad you took another look, Bill, and sorry the story is not so clear. 🙂 Thank you for your nice comment!

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      1. Bill says:

        It’s wonderful. Besides, clarity dampens mystery. 🙂

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      2. I like how you put that!

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  6. plaridel says:

    intriguing piece. i need to know more. 🙂

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    1. I’m happy you found the story intriguing, Plaridel! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.

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  7. msjadeli says:

    Brenda, you could take this story just about anywhere. What a great jumping off point. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa. I suppose it’s best for the reader to decide (haha).

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      1. msjadeli says:

        🙂 You’re welcome, Brenda.

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  8. draliman says:

    A note of hope for the future at the end 🙂

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    1. Yes, I think we all need a note of hope. 🙂

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  9. James McEwan says:

    You made my thoughts wander to those who need protection against themselves and their careless ways.

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    1. That’s a very interesting interpretation. Love it, James. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  10. GHLearner says:

    It can’t be easy to walk outside of everyone else’s perception and see things others don’t. She is very lucky to have her protector. Great take, Brenda.

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    1. She is indeed fortunate to have his protection while she “travels” and sees what’s up ahead!! Thanks so much for your nice comments. 🙂

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  11. Ann Coleman says:

    That makes me want to know more!

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    1. I’m so glad, Ann. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  12. Tannille says:

    Travelling to other realms hooked me. Intriguing story, B.

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    1. I’m glad you found the story intriguing! 🙂

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  13. pennygadd51 says:

    Great piece of SciFi, Brenda. A very original take on the prompt, written skilfully.

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    1. Thank you so much, Penny. Your comments are encouraging. 🙂

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  14. Margaret says:

    I like how we’re not told everything about this character. It’s enough that she has special ‘sight’ and hopefully some power for good. The allusion to those who are searching for her adds suspense and mystery

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    1. Your comments made me smile, Margaret! 🙂 Thanks so much.

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  15. jillyfunnell says:

    Gripping – you made every word count and I was glad it ended with a glimmer of hope.

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    1. Thank you, Jilly, for your very encouraging comments. 🙂 We do indeed need a bit more hope about now!

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  16. Nobbinmaug says:

    We could use some hope and good days ahead. I like the idea of an oracle with a caretaker. Good story.

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    1. So happy! That’s exactly what I was going for. An oracle and a caretaker!! I admit to tweaking the story twice because I know it’s not very clear. 🙂 We certainly do need good days ahead.

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  17. Dear Brenda,

    I did have to read this twice, as someone else said. It was worth the read. At first I thought perhaps she had dementia, but the ending didn’t allow for it. Lovely and mystical. And the photo is gorgeous. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I’m so glad you read it again and enjoyed, Rochelle. Thank you for your kind comments! 🙂

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  18. Dale says:

    How lucky she is to have such a faithful companion for the work she does seems to be of a nature not suited to just anyone.

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    1. Yes, she is vulnerable while she “sees” so she is indeed fortunate to have her watcher. 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting, Dale. I hope you are doing well.

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      1. Dale says:

        I am. As are you, I hope, Brenda.

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Goodness !
    I live howvague this is, leaves so much to picture, much like the seer herself I imagine.
    I hope she continues to wake up in a positive frame of mind

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    1. We do need her to “see” a good path ahead, don’t we? 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting!

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