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Second Act for the Totem (flash fiction)

July 9, 2013

Totem figure, by Alastair Forbes

“What’s this doing on the night stand?” Philip asked, picking up the small carved statue of a woman.

“She’s been there a few nights,” Sabina replied. “You didn’t even notice she was missing from your studio? Good to know you still notice a girl after she’s been around for years.”

“Hey, I appreciated her.” He frowned at the statue. “Guess she got dusty, though.”

“She sure did, no thanks to you. But she has a new job now. I gave her to you when we were dating so she’d be a creativity muse for your painting, but she also has another power.”

A long pause, so Philip broke it: “Which is?”

A grin started on Sabina’s lips. “As a fertility totem.”

His eyebrows arched. “Has it worked yet?”

“Not yet.”

“Keep me posted. I’ll want to move my painting stuff to the basement. That room’ll have a new job, too.”


Photo prompt given by Alastair Forbes. For other stories inspired by this photo, click here.
Photo copyright Alastair Forbes
Story copyright Dave Williams

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2013 6:46 am

    Excellent 😀

  2. July 9, 2013 9:29 am

    Nice story8 I like the woman’s scheming streak.

  3. July 9, 2013 9:12 pm

    Wow, that went into an unexpected direction. Some very charming dialogue there. I really enjoyed this.

  4. July 10, 2013 8:54 pm

    Sabina is smart. well written and an interesting conversation between them

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