#SixSentenceStories; Exchange

This week two prompts led me back to a mystical shop that first appeared HERE as a Six Sentence Story. A month later the What-You-Seek Boutique was again featured as a setting for a Carrot Ranch prompt. The current Carrot Ranch prompt is to, in  99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by the idea, “for a day.” So here is one take in 99 words and six sentences.

Denise, of GirlieontheEdge, will open the link Wednesday at six for Six Sentence Stories that feature the word “exchange“.

The Exchange by D. Avery

“What you’re looking for is certainly here, but is it what you need?” The twinkle in the old man’s eyes turned sharp as he cautioned, “Consider the cost.”

“Someone or something from my past to spend a day with? — that’s a priceless gift.”

“To revisit what was for what might be,” he said, handing her an old mirror, “Giving up a present day, still charged with possibility— it’s a costly exchange.”

The mirror was identical to one she’d had as a little girl, the one that had once belonged to her grandmother. “The past is for reflection, not reliving.”

47 thoughts on “#SixSentenceStories; Exchange

  1. Food for thought. However I’m not sure “Giving up a present day, still charged with possibility..” is necessarily a bad thing when you’re present is crap and you are in need of touching base with when it wasn’t.

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  2. I like the wisdom in your story, D. There’s no going back, only forward.
    On Australia’s Coat of Arms, two animals are featured: the kangaroo and the emu. As well as being iconic Australian animals, they were chosen because they can only move forwards, not back.

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  4. Simple, engaging and insightful. What we all (except when we’re in Cinerama mode) aspire to with these storyettes. You have set the bar.

    (Trying to resist the siren call of ‘Imagine this’…. but, since I didn’t say it first, it’s safe for me to contribute the wonderful observation, “You can’t step in the same river twice.”)

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  5. I too am of the school of thought – “The past is for reflection, not reliving.”
    By the time we arrive at the age we believe we’d want to relive an experience in the past, memory and experience has masked the reality of it through rose colored glasses.

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  6. Excellent, D, thoughtful and scary. I tend to agree there’s no going back. Are our memories even that reliable to warrant a journey?

    “Giving up a present day, still charged with possibility— it’s a costly exchange.” Cool line. Agree… imagine if the day you gave up was the day you were due to strike some kind of gold!

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