Lessons Learned

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Lessons Learned

Hunger gnawed, growing increasingly harsh and insistent as hours dragged by. The dish of food remained frustratingly out of reach.

Finn scowled, trying again to rise. This was ridiculous. He didn’t know what she’d done to him, but the old woman was clearly deranged. “If you wish to eat,” she’d said, “use the power of your mind to draw it closer.”

He’d protested such nonsense, but she’d dismissed his objections, claiming he had to have ‘abilities’ to have found her. She’d then rambled about teachers and students before leaving him alone – to starve, it now seemed.

Abilities? He had no abilities! He was just an ordinary bloke unfortunate enough to meet her, and stupid enough to accept her hospitality.

At first he’d tried to leave, but his body had refused his commands. Fear had then overtaken him, gruesome scenarios running through his mind. Finally, defeated, his options depleted, he gave in and humoured her madness. He directed his fear and anger outwards, willing the bowl to move. Emotion overflowed…

The dish smashed to the floor.

Word count: 175

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This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. This week’s photo prompt was provided by Artycaptures. Thank you, Artycaptures!


10 thoughts on “Lessons Learned

    1. There’s a lot of energy in emotions that a good wizard can harness. I think Finn is going to be a good wizard eventually, though at the moment he’s just a very hungry one! Thanks for reading PJ.


  1. I like the way you told us a great deal about Finn, just by his word choice and thoughts- fun read! Will he be showing up in future entries???


  2. Oh dear, looks like he’s overdone it. It takes time to develop control – I hope the old lady comes back and feeds him so he gets the chance! Great story 🙂


  3. Interesting and amusing story. I think his desire to keep from starving has empowered some of his abilities, now he must work on controlling them. Hopefully, he can accomplish that before he becomes too weak because of a lack of food!

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