The Source of Magic

Sue woke up to see Charli staring unblinkingly at a tall tree near their campsite.

“Look at that light emanating from that tree, it’s magical,” Charli said softly.



Photo prompt courtesy Sue Vincent

Sue looked towards the tree, and said dismissively, “It’s just sunlight reflected from a mirror on the tree. You really shouldn’t have had those magic mushrooms last night.”

Charli shrugged her head and looked again. Her friend was right, it was nothing at all.

As Charli left to wash her face to clear her head, Sue looked towards the tree angrily. That magic tree had got to control its yawns better.


99 words.

This was a mashup of two prompts:

1) Carrot Ranch August 23 Flash Fiction Challenge


2) Thursday Photo Prompt – Caught at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Due credit to the great Piers Anthony for the title of this post.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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19 Responses to The Source of Magic

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    I love that you still got a twist in such a short story 🙂

  2. Charli Mills says:

    Ha, ha! Those darn trees give it away when they yawn. Great mashup, Anurag!

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  5. Ritu says:

    Loving this mash up!

  6. Could the tree control the yawns? I couldn’t. Nice flash! 🙂

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  8. Jules says:

    A fine mash up. I remember reading a story about trees a few years ago where the trees practices the art of ‘looming’ ….you know getting bigger and smaller as a car approached. All that ends when a car crashes into a trunk.

    Your story made me giggle. Cheers, Jules

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