Sunday Photo Fiction: For Joy #amwriting #flashfiction


Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF.

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Credit: Sally- An Hodgekiss

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All was as it had been that day, a harsh purple-blackness filled the sky and the towers of the palace appeared to cage him in. Their ruthlessly straight architecture left no room for imagination and no room for failure such as the sins that had made King Salivoir a statue.

A thousand years ago, Jupiter had been furious with King Salivoir. His handsome features scorned the human king who had dared to bed his beloved Venus. Jupiter was so furious with Salivoir his mighty hands crushed the stone of the palace fountain. Salivoir had ended up in the water begging for his life. 

Then, Jupiter had said something shocking, “King Salivoir, I forgive you your transgressions with Venus.”

Salivoir gasped and Jupiter smiled in arrogance turning wretched King Salivoir into solid marble — yet Salivoir still lived within his frozen form. For ages he was there, his marble body cowering in fear. 

Then today a storm just as the one that occurred a millennia ago came and instead of the mighty Jupiter, Venus strode from the violent sky. The clouds turned a brilliant shade of sunset orange. Salivoir was freed and Venus in her benevolence granted him a new life in a new time; Salivoir wept for joy. 

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©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 

12 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: For Joy #amwriting #flashfiction

  1. patriciaruthsusan May 19, 2017 / 5:38 am

    Wow. That was a great happy ending, Mandi. I wonder what he did with himself in this modern age. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • mandibelle16 May 19, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Thanks so much Suzanne. The statue really struck me. I don’t recognize that fountain of hand but the look of terror and his stance are memorable. It made me think he deserved a 2nd chance 🙂

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      • patriciaruthsusan May 19, 2017 / 10:36 pm

        If you read the story “Heart of Rome” by Barbed Words, she describes the fountain in detail, describing each picture. She wrote a fictional story about the statues talking to each other and a picture of each one. 🙂 — Suzanne

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      • mandibelle16 May 20, 2017 / 12:05 am

        I will have to read that. Thank you for letting me know 😊

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  2. Joy Pixley May 19, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    What a great epic feel to this one! I loved the twist ending too, and so wonderfully visual. Venus knows how to make an entrance!

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    • mandibelle16 May 19, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks Joy! I’m glad that came across! And yes while Jupiters entrance meant doom, Venus’s entrance meant love and new beginnings. I originally had that Jupiter was sleeping the centuries away but I think Venus knew whatever time, it was the right time to bring this man freedom.

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      • Joy Pixley May 20, 2017 / 5:54 am

        Yes, he had definitely paid for his transgressions. Can you imagine, being frozen in stone, living but unable to move, all that time? What a terrible punishment! But then, I totally believe it of Jupiter.

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  3. Sunday Fiction May 23, 2017 / 4:43 am

    Nice to see Venus was able to undo Jupiter’s wrath and set him free. Love the story Mandi.

    One slight problem – you have an extra word hiding in the second line attempting to go unnoticed. Possibly hiding from other letters in the alphabet who want to aggravate it.

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    • mandibelle16 May 23, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks Al I will search this hiding word out. I’m happy you liked this story. For me it was an especially fun one 🎈😀

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  4. Dahlia May 25, 2017 / 7:17 am

    An enjoyable story – one that I totally believe! 🙂

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