Disappeared 32

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The mage gently fed Joseph’s memories back to him, like one endless day in purgatory: the more Joseph remembered, the greater the pain. Both felt it. 

Traveling through shadowlands to observe the living world came naturally to the mage, but not to Joseph, despite his intensive studies of magical worlds. And while the mage could travel anywhere just by thinking, Joseph was restricted to the tunnels, caves, and grounds of the robber baron’s mansion. Some said the mansion was haunted, most were insensate to the poor man’s cries.

How could the mage tell Joseph his woman had moved on?

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2022)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (07/11/2022): In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by the idea, “for a day.” It doesn’t need to be never-ending, like me forgetting to update a prompt. What is so special about the action, person, or object experienced for a day? Go where the prompt leads!    

10 thoughts on “Disappeared 32

  1. Pingback: For a Day Collection « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. My goodness, that was fun!! And aren’t you the clever one, weaving seamlessly between 6 sentences and 99 words! What a brilliant concept. Wow! Totally enjoying these little ‘disappearing’ stories!


  3. Liz, I have to say I’ve become very caught up in this series/serial, after a slow start (I didn’t know what a mage was). I felt the first sentence very viscerally here, could imagine too clearly what Joseph felt. And then I was impressed with the mage’s compassion…he empathized with J’s pain. I’m wondering if you’re going to complete and publish this as a novel.

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