Marlie, well actually her mother and her neighbor, are back for this CRLC prompt. As I mentioned in this post most of my recurring characters stayed out of our reality, but Marlie et al did step up over a year ago now and become somewhat current. The Carrot Ranch Literary Community June 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a solstice. What is the era and setting? Use the solstice as a celebration, metaphor, or talking point. Go where the prompt leads! To see what sort of thing Marlie might be researching on solstices try this.
“Tommy! It’s been a long time.”
“Do I still gotta wear a mask?”
“Two out of three rule; outside, distanced, masked. We’re outside and distanced. Shall I get Marlie? She’s preparing for her summer solstice presentation.”
“My daddy says the solstice is stuperstition.”
“Well, there are myths and rituals celebrating this astronomical event that might be considered superstitious… tonight’s Marlie’s Midsummer Eve bonfire. Come and you can learn all about it.”
“Astrology vents! My daddy says the solstice and astrology’s made up by witches.”
“Tommy. It’s been a long time. Are your parents vaccinated? Three out of four rule…”