Friday Fictioneers: Elemental Inspiration

This is my entry for this week’s Friday Fictioneers Challenge run by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s picture prompt was provided by Douglas M. MacIlroy. The challenge is to write a story within 100 words.

Photo Prompt - © Douglas M. MacIlroy
Photo Prompt – © Douglas M. MacIlroy

Elemental Inspiration

People travelled miles to see the sculptures, lauding her imagination. Cass simply smiled and accepted their praise, shrugging when asked the source of her inspiration. They wouldn’t believe the truth, anyway.

The creatures were everywhere.

Some curled amidst tree roots, slow and lazy. Others danced lithely on the breeze or flitted among flames. Her favourites were those that leapt through the waves, sleek and deadly. She watched them from the cliff’s edge as she pretended to gaze at the ocean – no one ever reacted well to tales of creatures visible only to her.

The doctor’s pills remained in the cabinet, untouched.

Word Count: 100

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76 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Elemental Inspiration

  1. This is an excellent story! It truly shows what it might be like for those people with mental illnesses that refuse to take their medicine. I like the tension build up before getting to the plot twist!

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      1. LOL! That could be true. I was thinking anyway that if it were mental illness then the monsters would more than likely be terrifying to her. So I think she has a very vivid imagination. 😀

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    1. There are so many things in the world that scientists don’t yet know about or understand – its possible that she just has the ability to tune her senses to a different level of existence. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Some things are best kept secret! No one can think ill of her and she not only enjoys the fact that only she can see them, but reaps the benefits as well. Wonderful story.

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  3. Until the last line I was thinking maybe she was like Detective Burkhardt from “Grimm”, but now I’m left wondering. Is she seeing things because she’s ill and needs the tablets, or is she really seeing things and everyone else thinks she’s crazy and should be taking the tablets? She lives in a magical world in any case.
    Great story as always!

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    1. Couldn’t scroll past your comment…love hearing about another Grimmster! I personally think the Grimms could have done better for themselves if they used their gift like Cass has.

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    2. I’ve never watched Grimm – which is quite strange because its exactly the type of programme I generally love! I’ll have to see if I can find it on Netflix or Amazon. 🙂
      I’m quite happy for the story to be interpreted either way (I like to add a bit of ambiguity every now and then) though I’m more drawn to the second option, myself.
      Thanks for visiting and I’m very glad you enjoyed it. 🙂


      1. I was thinking that it would be your sort of programme. I originally watched the first two series on Amazon and recently, since I joined Netflix, I watched the third on there. So choose your platform and get watching 🙂

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  4. If her psychosis isn’t a danger to herself or others, perhaps her pills should stay in the cupboard. I’ve seen schizophrenics’ harmless delusions knocked out of them by anti-psychotic medication, only to have them replaced with paranoid delusions accompanied by violence.
    Well written.

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    1. I agree with you completely. I have a close friend with schizophrenia and his medication sometimes does him more harm than good. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. 🙂

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  5. The twist ending was great! Well done!!!

    There is a fine line between creative genius and insanity. She seems to be living on that line…good for her atristic process, and good for those who enjoy her work, but perhaps not good for her physical and mental health.

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  6. Oooh, nice mystery; is she truly seeing the unseen or is she an unmedicated hallucinator. I love this sort of story – two interpretations.
    Well written, particularly the creatures ‘flitting, curling, dancing’ – nice, very visual.

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  7. I think it’s cool that Cass made sculptures of the things she saw that no one else could. Sometimes I wonder if those wind-altering drugs really help people anyway.

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    1. I wonder the same thing. Modern society has a very narrow concept of ‘normality’ and anything that deviates from it is labelled as ‘wrong’ and medicated to ‘correct’. Thanks for visiting. 🙂


  8. Great story. I think many interpretations of what we see can be valid. If she isn’t frightened by her visions, why shouldn’t she have them, as long as she can still live a good life independent of others. I really like how you describe her art and what she sees. Maybe being too normal sometimes puts people at a disadvantage, too.

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  9. No wonder her sculptures are realistic Great twist at the end. A bit scary that she’s lost touch with reality. I guess the medication would make her like everyone else, not special anymore, so she’s resisting it. Well done, Louise. 🙂 — Suzanne

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