Pen n tonic Creative Expressions

Each week on Tuesday (as time permits), I’ll post a word, a phrase, a picture, or an idea that will constitute a prompt from which to submit a poem, a flash fiction piece (not longer than 250 words), an original photograph, an original artwork, or a combination of these things that you think applies to the week’s theme.

And now for this week’s challenge. Use the following photograph to write a story of 100 to 150 words that ends with

…as the dust settled around the crystal bowl.


Image provided and credited by pen’n’Tonic


by John Yeo

It was the wedding of the year. Dinner served on a golden crystal dinner service with solid gold utensils was served in the main hall. The nephews and nieces who acted as pages and bridesmaids were playing with an empty crystal bowl under the long dining table.

There was an uproar among the servants as the guests were leaving, the missing crystal bowl had been noticed by the staff. Morwenna and Esmerelda were with the children and stole the bowl after the children had left. The bowl was to become a golden chalice for the celebration of the order of white witches.

The police were called with no result.

His lordship smiled and said. “The whole service is forged, the originals are safely in store”

Her ladyship however had swapped the fakes for the originals to honour their daughter.

The witches smiled as the dust settled around the crystal bowl.

(150 words)

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