Earth In Mind, D. Avery
“Sofie! Marlie! There must be 100 candles on that cake!”
“There are Mommy! That’s how Sofie does it, for when she gets to be 100 years old. But we’ll only light nine of them today.”
Marlie held her Destiny doll up so she could see Sofie’s birthday cake shouldering its phalanxes of candles. “What do you think, Destiny?”
When the doll responded it was in the deep round voice of Madame Destiny, the prophetess. “Light all the candles.”
Liz’s eyes sought help from her husband and Sofie’s mother who walked in just as the decree was issued.
“Bill! That’s absolutely dangerous!”
“Not on the patio.”
“Toni, are you sure you want this man homeschooling your daughter along with my wild child?”
“You should have seen the math your girls did today with those hundred candles. It’s all play to them. Guided play.”
“Guided play… sounds like a good way to learn, Bill. And, honestly, I’d like to learn what Madame Destiny has in mind. Let’s light a hundred candles!”
With each candle they lit the two girls wished another hundred birthdays for Mother Earth.
“10,00 more! She’ll be old, Mommy, but we’ll take care of her.”
The May 21, 2020, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about 100 candles. What do they light, and why? Think about contrast or symbolism. Are the candles large, small, or stars in the night? Go where the prompt leads!
With a slight nod to last week’s ‘absolute danger’ prompt, this week I was led again by Marlie and her friend Sofie. With all five working at home now, the two families are QEFs (quarantined exclusive friends) so can safely celebrate Sofie’s birthday together as well as continuing the homeschooling arrangement.