Sunday Photo Fiction: Good Juju #amwriting #flashfiction #magic 

Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting SPF.


Credit: Dawn Miller

“So what are those exactly?” Todd asked Cheryl.

“Maybe the shop owner can tell us more. . . Hello Sir, what are these pottery items used for?”

“Little stoves. Keep you warm through winter’s night and keep the dark ones away.”

“Dark ones?” Todd and Cheryl asked in unison.

“Yes,” the man said, ” The evil spirits. The ones you don’t see. These stoves are good juju.”


“They’re for candles. See venting in top lids. You leave them on when you sleep because bad ones will only leave then; it’s when they come out.”

“But what’s juju?” Todd asked the shop owner perplexed.

He sighed, frustrated, “Juju are items of magic. Can be magic for good or magic for bad. A curse or a blessing.”

Cheryl smiled. “That’s neat actually. I’ll take two, I don’t know about leaving them on at night . . .”

“Madam must leave them on this night or it will be too late.”

“Pardon?” Cheryl said nervously. She gazed at the shopowner thinking he was off his rocker.

Todd noticed the agitation of the shop owner and seeing how inexpensive the simple candle holders were, paid for four.

“Best choice. Spirits will flee,”the shop owner said bowing.

That night Cheryl awoke and to her terror she saw dark shadows such as dementors surrounding the bedroom ceiling above their bed.

Her eyes flew towards the candle holders nearby and she was relieved to see the dementor-like beings stayed away from the candle light. They left via the window which somehow had been opened.

Getting up Cheryl closed the window shivering both from cold and fear. 


©Mandibelke16. (2017) All Rights Reserved.

23 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: Good Juju #amwriting #flashfiction #magic ”

    1. Thank you Joy. Yes they were lucky. I think this guy is more than he appears. If I had more words I would’ve had them come back to the same ship the next day and have it not be there. Have a toy store or something with an owner who has no idea what they are talking about 🙂

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  1. the shop owner has wisdom older than the dessert sands and know who needs them, i love the idea of burning juju candles to ward off evil spirits. we do the same with incense especially at funerals. what a different take

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    1. That’s interesting is this A catholic tradition? I’m just wondering, one of my cousins was baptized in a Catholic Church and my there was incense and the pouring of oil. I’m glad you liked the piece I had no idea what those things were.

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      1. i was brought up Catholic so yes it was part of church tradition, but also widely used in Asian culture to ward off spirits, in church i think it was more ceremonial, lots get mixed up here, culture usually wins over sensibility sometimes. i had written a story on a vase such as this but this week has been hectic with me posting other challenges i have just left it and not joined the Sunday Photo fiction. it needed paring down but in a nutshell, any object bought needed a cleansing ritual before brought into our home -My mama crossing and stepping over it! Crazy right but we did it! so i lied your mystical and magical take on it – i would have gone the same way

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      2. I understand I’ve had to cut back on my prompts there are so many 🙂 Glad you enjoyed and yes you are right about the Asian cultures which was what I was more going for here although ‘juju’ is African lol. That’s interesting your Mom did that. I like it, it kind of makes you feel safer whether it’s true or not. Reminds of zen and designing a place you live with balance. There’s a word for it in interior design I just can’t think if it lol. But it’s associated with Asian culture as well.

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      3. i never thought about it but you are right these rituals do give me a sense of security – false as they may be it still did. every ancient culture has it i suppose just how much gets handed down. would like to know what that word is? hate it when i get stuck like that too. i am really frustrated with myself sometimes for wanting to do so much and never accomplishing anything well, sigh but i never learn, thanks Mandi for the lovely conversation – as always!

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