The Wizard and His Apprentice

Posted: January 8, 2018 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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“Did you see this, wizard?” Nimue asks. Her voice is the wind, whistling through the breaks in the twisted tree roots.

He remembers how first saw her, her hair falling in tangled midnight waterfalls, her eyes oceans of endless blue. A nobody from nowhere, coming to him on bended knee.

He remembers her laughter, her song, her magic – for they were all one and the same, all beautiful, all her. All his secrets he taught her, unravelling the Mysteries like string, pulling them apart and letting her see the truth of things.

“Did I see this?”

Merlin laughs. The tree presses in on all sides, cutting into his skin. He will not escape.

“From the first moment I saw you,” he said.

“Then why? Why did you let it end here?”

His voice is worn, cracked, and all too mortal.

“Because, you foolish girl, I loved you.”

Word Count: 147

This is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Fandango for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Lynn Love says:

    Even the most powerful wizard undone by love! Nicely written and moving too

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  2. Love works its wonder on one and all. Even the wizards cant escape it.
    Lovely take on the prompt.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    The most powerful magic of them all, or Merlin is just as flawed as any other mere mortal!

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  4. What a beautiful love story between mortality and immortality! Great story J.A.!

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    I alway enjoy stories featuring Merlin, ‘even sad ones’.

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  6. rogershipp says:

    The powers of love… even a great magician can’t escape. Well done. “He remembers how first saw her, her hair falling in tangled midnight waterfalls, her eyes oceans of endless blue. A nobody from nowhere,…” Great line!

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  7. What a lovely story about love. Losing to the one you love makes you a winner in your own eyes!

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  8. Love is the most powerful, most potent, most enduring magic of them all. Nicely told story, J.A. Prentice.

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  9. wallietheimp says:

    Poignant and vivid. Wallie and I like it 🙂

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  10. Alice says:

    beautiful ❤ love triumphs all

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  11. athling2001 says:

    Wonderful! You have a flare for creating the scene in fine detail even with such a short piece. Well done.


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