Fairytale Prompt #5 ~ Magical stone

FAIRYTALE PROMPT #5 from MindloveMisery’s Menagerie

This is a new prompt that I found, the rules are flexible, poetry, story, photography etc.

What do you find magic in?

I have a garden centre right at the bottom of my road.  I can chose to either walk on the pavement or do a little trail through one entrance of the garden centre then out of another exit it has, I always chose to walk through the garden centre, wouldn’t you? On my way I see not only beautiful flowers etc, but they also have a menagerie of statues.  They are surrounded by shrubbery and always when I walk past I have a flash image of a story, something magical, I imagine them coming alive at night, or souls captured in to stone, what is their past? There is one called David, a naked youngish man.  My eldest son who is 11 also chooses to walk through the garden centre every time he gets the bus to school.  It is odd because as I was talking to him, he mentioned David and how he scares the living hell out of him, you will see him below, does he scare you? I always used to see statues in my mums garden where I grew up and wondered what the attraction was, I could never see it at that age. Luckily a couple of hers survived, though old in the first place, and I now have them in pride of place in my garden. I got two sculptures from the garden centre I mentioned, slightly mischievous ones.  A lot of them seem to look like they could get up to no good, maybe that is why they have chains on them. This is post is also for SammyD from Bemuzin who loves statues.

I have put a poll at the bottom of this page 🙂  I would love it if you would indulge me in participating in this.

You will find with the gallery each photo has a number plus some words from myself.   If you scroll over and click a picture it will bring up an enlarged version for you to make viewing easier. x

As mentioned, looking at things like this prompt stories in my head, here is an excerpt from one I am in the process of telling my children, this is the first time I’ve written it, it’s kept all in my head hehe..

Jon’s body was not topsy turvy in his bed, a small gap now created by his head not enough though to poke out through the duvet to be seen, his features hidden by the shadows of the night.

The warmth however bathed the tip of his nose, eyes screwed up tightly shut but the glow flowed through the thin membranes of his eyelids as if he might be enjoying a sunny day.

There were sound in his room, competing with the cantering of hooves now seemingly taken over his heart.  Thump, thump, thump it went as his fingers tightly balled loosened a moment from the bedcovers, his eyes dared to open, he had to see, what was it in his room.

Holding his breath, he dared to lift his lids, a whooshing of air expelled then muffled sounds as shock caused a gasp.  The sight before him suddenly visible, a dragon, roughly the size of an 8yr old child, there in his room, moving as if in slow motion, his head turning this way and that.

Hearing the gasp, the dragon turned towards Jon, eyeballs that seemed to glitter looking at his beneath the shadows of cloaked duvet, Jon looked back, he held his breath again, the dragon locked gaze then moved his glance away.

“Did he see me, oh my what should I do, what is he, is he dangerous, where did he come from, oh how magnificent is he” came the thoughts like a runaway train through the 8yr old boys mind.

The dragons body was like the colour of different stones, marble, pebbles, cobblestones, shards of brick, just like his collection once in his treasured box.  The spines running down his back looked like sea glass, collected from the beach in greens, dusky whites and caramel, the light emanating from his body shot in colourful shards through the pointed scales.  His eyes glimmered like the sparkles off the crystals he had collected and oh those teeth and claws shimmered like the pieces of of mirror he coveted.

“Oh what a marvellous dragon” he thought “but why is he here, how did he get here?”….

If any of the photos have made you think of other words, a poem, short story, ideas, anything I would love to hear about this in my comment box 🙂

As always thank you for reading/viewing xx

Justine-Not Transparent

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  51 comments for “Fairytale Prompt #5 ~ Magical stone

  1. April 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    My dear, dear Justine, this was SO worth waiting for!! What a treat to have these nearby and thank you for sharing. I will think of your son walking the paths, avoiding David (!) and perhaps changing his mind as he grows up about which are his favorites. Your boys are so lucky to have YOU – such an imaginative story-weaver. I need to vote about 15 times, at least. There is something to like about each of these magical statues. Thank you again and again 🙂

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    • April 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Hehe so glad you like i was quite excited to see your response to this post LOL. Apparently I found out that ‘David’ is actually a replica of Michael Angelos David, I think the nudity and severe look on his face is probably what scares my son lol, i am sure he will get over it though eventually hehe xxxx

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      • April 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        I’ve seen the real David (breath-taking), and ” your” David is somewhat more endowed than the original 🙂 the word that came to mind for the facial expression on “your” David is puzzled.

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        • April 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

          LOL @ the more endowed, my friend said he was less endowed but that was coming from a man! Did you vote? grins..first time I did a poll. Did you like the small story? First time I put pen to paper properly to get one of the stories from my head out on to paper so to speak 😀

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          • April 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

            Yes, i loved your magical story. Your boys must have great dreams after your soothing whimsies at bedtime!

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          • April 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM

            Well maybe “otherly” endiwed because they are dofferently shaped LOL now I’m going to have to dig up my David photos!!

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      • April 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        i see malign mischief on his face, like you would see on some of the wood sprites in a Midsummer Night Dream, right?

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  2. April 29, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    wish i had time- this challenge looks terribly thrilling to me!! ❤

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    • April 29, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Awe well hopefully you can come back to it later? Would love to hear your comments and opinions, plus a vote perhaps hehe x

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  3. April 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    6 was my favorite as well 😄 David does have a rather unusual expression might be those brows. Beautiful share =)

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    • April 29, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      haha yes he has really odd brows kind of what are you looking at, i might be annoyed with you or confused hehe…thank you for voting, first time i have done a poll will be intereseting to see the result, did you click the button? 😀

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      • April 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Now I have =) I didn’t dislike any so I didn’t vote in the 2nd one. I have down a few and just making them seems to help me decide haha

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        • April 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM

          hehe, well i am so glad I could enter, i was dying to get this all sorted out, grins…Glad you didnt dislike any, i think statues, well for me can invoke quite strong emotions hehe

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  4. April 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    (wrote this comment in your poll- but since i still haven’t figured how to see mine, yet- re-posting here for you just in case!):
    i chose #12 (1st poll) cuz they looked like a group of mates i used to have! i know- odd companions for a WoodNymph, right? but Friendship is Blind, isn’t it
    😉
    (if i were to indulge in a writing fantasy here with you, it would be on the photo you have of me Mates!)

    i chose #8 for the 2nd poll, cuz all i see in the Lion's face is my Son (he was a Leo- destined for Greatness), and his Loss is Impossible for me to bear
    😥
    i ❤ your photos and am Forest Green that you're lucky to have that 'free stroll' (here's hopin the Merchant doesn't catch on that you're deriving Pleasure in his garden for free- and make changes!). Happy for your Inheritance- garden gnomes (Zombis my fave!), gargoyles & most all statues are awesome (being Whovian, however, ALWAYS makes me LOOK TWICE & EXTRA LONG @ ANGELS, IN PARTICULAR!!). ❤ 'd your story- so wish i had time to play with my imagination in your gargoyle infested garden, but you get this instead!! 😉
    i always enjoy your blog- tho i dont always leave my footprint here…. tho i will share some significant words The Doctor said to his 'Friend', Handles….
    "Well done, Mate!"

    PS– plan more "walks to nowhere" with your son in the Merchant's Gargoyle Garden… maybe you and he should collaborate on a 2nd post for this challenge of yours? jus' sayin…. i would, if i could… ❤

    ~yours~
    Violet

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    • April 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      hah wow what an amazing comment full of happiness and gosh I am so sorry about your son, I hate it that i posted something to give you a very sad memory 😦

      The Garden Centre I think will like me taking pictures as it is all good for them isn’t it? hehe.

      You really made me laugh about the statues looking like some of your mates on a night out LOL. thats funny I would so love to see you write a little fairytale on that photo, if you ever do please let me know? grins

      Thank you again for your wonderful comments 🙂 Glad you liked the story too, was the first time I did that putting pen so to speak to paper for years in this fashion 😀

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      • April 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        hey yeah- was worried you’d feel that, if i shared about my son- but please CHANGE NOTHING as there has to come a day when i can say it out loud… doesn’t there? you stole that thought right out of my head! may i have permission to borrow your pic if i write “copyright 2014 by Odds n Sods.com” on it for the “featured pic”? cuz i HAVE EVERY INTENTION of telling you a little story, when i can steal the time! 😉

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        • April 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

          Yes of course if you could put that and link back to this post somewhere then I would be priviledged to see what you write about my pic, very exciiiiiting hehe x

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    • April 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      ps thanks you for the reblog soooo sweet 😀 huggles x

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  5. April 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Reblogged this on DukkSheit Happens………. and commented:
    quite a little bit of fun to be had here at my Friend’s Place, with your coffee and bagel, before you hafta run today…. ❤

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  6. April 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I totally agree with your son on the David front, he’s not the best replica is he?! xx

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    • April 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Hah I don’t think hes worried about the replica point of view he just scares him hehe…I might try to make up a fairytale about David so he doesnt find him so scary but that will certainly be a challenge hehe…did you vote? Hope you like the short story too!

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  7. April 29, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I love the story and most of the statues, including the endowed David, but I don’t like the statue with her brains out. It’s not the statue’s fault, I know!

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    • April 29, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Hah yes I forgot you saw a version of that on my instagram, yes a bit morose isnt it if you think of it in that way, my imagination is overractive sometimes i think x

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    • April 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      ps thank you for voting, which one would inspire you to write? grins

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      • April 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Is it bad to say that Endowed David?

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        • April 29, 2014 at 3:32 PM

          bad as in rude or grammatically? hehe winks..grammatically doesn’t sound quite right but i would need to know the context, as for rude, no fire away!

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          • April 29, 2014 at 3:34 PM

            No, I didn’t mean bad grammatically, I meant: is it naughty to like endowed David?

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  8. April 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Hey there sweet one! What a lovely post! That took along time to put together. I love them all but 17 is my favorite. I love statues as well. I have them in my garden. Angels mostly! I hope you are having a good sleep probably by now. You are 6 hours ahead and it’s probably early morning for you now. Great post! How many children do you have?

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    • April 29, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      hehe its actually early evening now and I have two children, two boys, very active!!! Glad you liked the post and 17 is my fav too, but always swayed closely by others xx

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  9. April 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Wonderful statues… I couldn’t put anyone as least favorite.

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    • April 29, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Heh that’s good and thank you 🙂 did you vote for a favorite? X

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  10. April 29, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Hello Justine, What a great story, well done. Very impressed and now I shall go back and look at the statues.

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    • April 29, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Hehe glad you liked the little bit of the story the rest is in my head for bed time reading! Did you vote in the end? :-). Thank you so much for stopping by and perusing ! X

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  11. April 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Voted for 14!
    The message sent is broader,yet more subtle!

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    • April 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      🙂 glad you took a look I like a bit of magic! Did you like the story clip? X

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      • May 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        Of course,I did! I particularly liked the ‘caption’ for David! 🙂

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  12. April 30, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    An excellent post, beautiful photographs, a story that I want to hear more of!, and a neat poll.
    I chose 7 as my favourite — I like eagles and other birds, and with the foreboding sky, I fell right into the picture.
    I hope you continue to participate in fairy tale Friday and any of the other Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie prompts!
    I will be back to read your blog on chronic pain. That’s what I deal with every day.
    I enjoyed this visit, and want to come back and answer some of those questions, too!

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    • May 1, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Sorry to hear your another pain sufferer, but always nice to have someone on board who can empathize. Thank you also for your wonderful words, I might update the childrens story from my head but its getting a little like David Walliams in style and probably more so, ie erm maybe a bit of toilet humour but I am British so I have an excuse LOL.

      Glad you liked the post, did you vote? x

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  13. May 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    ‘THIS’ is not ‘IT’, but just the beginning….
    i did however, use your name in vain, in the very 1st sentence or two…
    http://purpledukk.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/the-promise-of-magic/
    ❤ ( *)< ❤

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