CWWC Challenge One {Mirror, Mirror} and AAWC Challenge 5 {When Everything Fades}

Hey everyone! So life has been very crazy lately, but I’m back and ready for this next challenge. Apologies to my teams for not posting lately.

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I knew what to do. Going there was my secret space that I had found long ago. Mirrors, more than just mirrors-rather passages to fantastic worlds, guarded by creatures called The Ferrymen. They have told me I am the only human who can see them. They have known me since I was born, and let me in through the passages when as I wish.

So, every night, I go through my mirror and explore the other world beyond the mirror. It’s like my other world, where I can go to find things that aren’t on this earth, and explore things that I’m too afraid to try.

“Ready?” the Ferryman in my mirror asked as I walked up to it. He was about 4’0 tall and very blue. The average 13 year old would scream at the sight of him, but I wasn’t average.

I nodded, and he started the process. The mirror split in half and I walked in. I instantly felt the cleaner, fresh air. Plants were hanging in the air and there were people-not humans, of course- walking everywhere.

“Hello Brenna!” one of the girls said to me. I smiled. I had almost forgotten that the girls here actually knew who I was.

“Hi Brenna!” called someone else.

“Hey!”

I knew I had to go. I promised it I would meet him again that night.

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I walked off to the edge of the tiny village. I crossed the log and saw it fly down.

“I have books for you,” it said. It was a magnificent creature- one that was unnamed and undiscovered, so I had nicknamed him Ashtonn. “If you want them, that is.”

I laughed with delight. “Yes!”

Of everyone, Ashtonn understood me and my love for reading and writing. He knew, and I wrote down everything that happened in this world so one day when I was older and forgot everything.

Ashtonn motioned to a stack of books. I picked them up. But after a moment, everything started to shake.

“Run!” Ashtonn screamed when he saw me shaking. And I did. I ran back.

Everyone else seemed fine, but I was shaking. The portal wasn’t open. The Ferryman wasn’t there, so I ran straight in.

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I felt like I had swirled around. When I came out, I was lying on the road with shattered glass surrounding me.

What happened?

If you haven’t seen the previous parts of this story, check them out here and here.  The prompt was fade, and I used a swan for extra points.

A Year and a Few Months Back

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Kendall laughed as she and Lucy splashed each other with waves at the beach. They had gone out on a beach day with Lucy’s family, and the two were quite enjoying their last weeks of summer vacation.

Sofia, Lucy’s five year old sister, who was wearing a bathing suit with a swan image on it, was screaming at the top of her lungs. Lucy could barely make out what she was saying. “Come….”

“Come….”

Lucy sighed. The everyone was probably staring at them now. She and Kendall had been friends since they first met when they were seven years old, and were inseparable ever since. Recently, though, something odd was going on between them and Lucy didn’t know why. So, it was her idea to take Kendall on their family beach trip.

She and Kendall had been friends since they first met when they were seven years old, and were inseparable ever since. Recently, though, something odd was going on between them. Lucy didn’t know why or what, so it was her idea to take Kendall on their family beach trip to see if that could help make things amend.

“Storm coming…. Mom…. Dad…..”

Kendall stopped laughing and her face turned to stone.

“Hey, is everything fine?” Lucy asked.

Kendall pulled up her beach-blonde hair up into a ponytail, which she only did when she was nervous. “Yeah, why?

“It’s just-”  When she got up, Kendall wasn’t there. And thirty seconds later, still gone. Something was wrong. Lucy dived back under the water and saw Kendall choking on the ground. She had obviously not prepared for the wave and its force took her down.

Lucy saw a gaint wave coming towards them, and by reflex dived under it. When she got up, Kendall wasn’t there. And thirty seconds later, still gone. Lucy went back under the water and saw Kendall choking on the ground. She had obviously not prepared for the wave and its force took her down.

Lucy was running out of breath. She climbed back up.

“Help!” she screamed.

With nothing else to do, Lucy went back down and tried to pick Kendall up, but she was too heavy.

When Lucy went back up, a lifeguard was swimming towards her and grabbed Lucy.

“Not me,” she breathed and pointed under the water. “Her!”

 Thunder cracked. The waves were crashing in, and it was all Lucy could do to get under them.

Lucy prayed a thanks to God as a breathless Kendall and the lifeguard came back up.

The lifeguard took Lucy and Kendall back to the beach and laid them on the sand. She started to push on Kendall’s stomach and water spilled out. Kendall sat up slowly.

“What…” Kendall whispered hoarsely as Lucy helped her up. Lucy’s family started to walk back to the car, and Lucy walked with Kendall while she was slow.

“Why didn’t you avoid that wave?” Lucy asked.

Kendall sighed. “I was- distracted, that’s all.”

“By what?”

A tear slipped down her cheek as Kendall explained everything.

May the 4th be with you, everyone!

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    1. Yes, I am! Sorry I didn’t reply to this sooner. It’s called Fiction vs. Fantasy Writing Challenge, and it starts in July.

        1. Sign ups will start later, but you have now pre-registered 🙂 What team would you prefer to be on, Fiction or Fantasy?

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