Friday Fictioneers: Post Apocalyptic Prayer Stones

Photo prompt © C. E. Ayr

This is my 100th fully formed flash fiction story since starting reading them in earnest last month. I feel that is significant. Not sure why. Maybe I should put a count of the flash fiction stories I’ve read… it has to be at least seven hundred. Honestly.

Post Apocalyptic Prayer Stones by Kelvin M. Knight

Biglings etched the word Forgiveness on their stones. These stones weighed heavily in their cupped palms as they carried them to the rock.

‘Forgiveness,’ they chanted, dropping their stones, ‘our foundation.’

Nodding, Littlelings painted their words then laid their stones. Joy, hope and love repeated around the base of the rock.

‘A halo!’ Matthew raised emaciated arms.

Mark sank to his bony knees, murmuring.

Luke kissed the Strength he’d scratched on his stone, then lobbed it at the rock.

Thunder roared. Lightning flashed. The rock split. Rainbow-like wings burst forth.

‘Guardian angel,’ exclaimed the younglings. ‘Show us how to pray!’

(100 words)

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Thank you to everyone for joining in this week (11/08/17), and reading each other’s stories. You don’t have to be a Friday Fictioneer to read our stories so please don’t be shy, there is a mix of styles and storylines all inspired by the same photo.

Thanks, as ever, to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers so congenially.

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51 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Post Apocalyptic Prayer Stones

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting again, athling2991, so astutely. Re the names there should not be too much insignificance in any short story – where every word must count. There’s more wriggle room in a novel, if you want there to be. Hope that helps. 😎

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    1. Hey, Ivor, I’ve done a quick count and its 25 flash stories that have been blogged, primarily, now, around The Drabble, Friday Fictioneers and What Pegman Saw and you’ve been there, and been commenting, from the very word go. So a special thank you to one of my longest0standing readers…. THANK YOU, IVOR! 👏👏👏🙏

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  1. Others have left many fitting comments and I just want to add congratulations on your 100th story in a month. That’s quite an accomplishment.
    I’ve done a few extra but it would take dedication to work out 100 and trim them to the “bare bones.”

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Your comment is beautiful. They had to go through a lot to get there weak malnourished but they didn’t lose faith or hope or love. Perhaps a lesson to us all. 😊 P.S. I secretly would like a prayer stone like that too.

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  2. I want a rock like that! It reminds me of when we took the kids on long driving trip from Southern California to North Vancouver, Canada. We camped, and the camp ground told us to find rocks and to paint them, like the natives used to do… but we had to leave them behind, not take. We had so much fun leaving our “mark.” – a couple of them were really cool!

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