Nuggets in the Creek

This week’s picture prompt shows the interaction between stones and ice and gives us an interesting photograph.

All I could see was a face on the ice and so the frozen creek became alive.
Thank you to Jennifer Pendergast.

More Friday-Fictioneer flash fiction stories can be found here.

PHOTO PROMPT© Jennifer Pendergast

Nuggets in the Creek

Grandpa found a nugget in our creek, and Grandma said it was the blessing of the Larney. 

The sun was warm when I met Mary-Lou skimming stones, and we played all afternoon.
I never asked, and she never said where she came from.
She just appeared like Grandpa’s gold.

She was there all year and Grandma said, “Marry her, she’s the luck of the Larney.”

Mary was tough and wild, like a prairie pony with a main of red-hot hair.

One winter’s day our boy said, “Look Ma, ice eyes in the creek.”
“Yes Billy, that’s just my father, Larney.”

33 responses to “Nuggets in the Creek

  1. What a lovely, paranormal tale. It feels like one of those stories you could tell at a campfire some night, and it might even be true…

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  2. The ancestors speak. Fantastic imagery!

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  3. Ooooooo creepy… I’m wondering what they can indeed see on the frozen river… or in it. Love a bit of mystery

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  4. A lyrical and touching story, I liked it very much.

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  5. Can’t decide if this is creepy or sweet, I’m going with the latter. Beautiful descriptions.

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  6. This is a super story, James, and I’m not sure why! It’s kind of a fairy tale, kind of a rugged survivalist narrative, kind of Celtic legend, kind of family saga, kind of romance – and you’ve pulled all those elements together to create a bright and believable image. Nice work!

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  7. Dear James,

    Fanciful tale. I like your description of the girl “like a prairie pony.” Nicely done.



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  8. Whimsical, magical, and wonderful storytelling. When magical creatures are accepted as being as ordinary as a field or a pond, wondrous things can and do happen.

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  9. I’m suddenly seeing the picture in a different way! A great take

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  10. kids will always believe what you wanted them to believe.

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  11. A very magickal tale! I saw eyes as well. 🙂

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  12. Sounds like quite a blessed family from start to finish!

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  13. Reminds me of the migrating rocks of (I think) Death Valley. Mystery solved – ground coated in ice, wind blows the rocks along the surface. Have not figured how to be a fictioneer.

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  14. Good one! I hadn’t seen the face until you mentioned it.

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  15. Enjoyed your story James.

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  16. Great fairy tale feel to this, James

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  17. This is so good. Taps into the Melusin mythology but with a happier ending.

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  18. A mysterious other-dimensional tale. Nicely done.

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