Flash Fiction for The Purposeful Practitioner: The Price

When I removed the contents from my tote-bag, I was perturbed to see a tattered book inside.“I could see the corner of folded yellow parchment sticking out of the torn lining of the battered book.” 

“What’s this?” I whispered. Instantly, I heard chanting. In my mind I pictured two woman murmering magic with candles in a circle around them. It was as if the image had been placed in my mind.

Suddenly, the parchment opened in front of me. Oddly, the symbols on the parchment made sense to me. The parchment was a spell for immortality. I had no time to think, the words of the incantation flew from my lips:

Live forever, consequences well known,

Speak the words, let your time now cease flow,

Your string never snipped, fate overlooked you,

Alone, you will wander, the cost is many souls.

When I stopped chanting, the parchment and the book had disappeared. My boyfriend stomped in the front door. Before I gave him a hello kiss, he said: ” Something about you is different.” Then I kissed him hungrily and he disintegrated in my hands. I burst into tears and I learned the price of eternal life — my kiss was the kiss of death.




Thanks to Roger Shipp for hosting this Flash Fiction challenge.


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24 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for The Purposeful Practitioner: The Price”

  1. Oh, you went down the evil spell route, as well. This is a powerful story – the book seems to have chosen her and cursed her to a life of solitude. I can see this as the beginning of a novel and I’d read on 🙂

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  2. Ooo… really cool story, Amanda! There’s always a price, isn’t there? And yet, too often we only think to find out what it is when it’s too late. Also enjoyed the reference to the Greek Fates in the incantation. Well done.

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    1. Thank you for your comments. Of course there is a price to pay. Even when she did not chose to be immortal, she still ends up paying. Glad you liked the references. I was thinking about Greek Myths when I wrote it – the fates and also Pandora.

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    1. Thank you PJ. It’s very tragic actually, because she did not even make the choice to be immortal, there was magic going on behind the scenes that ended her in this mess, never able to be close to a guy cause her kiss is the kiss of death for all time have a great weekend my friend 🙂

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