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Picture it and Write ~ THE SHAMAN

 This is the latest Picture it and Write prompt from Ermilia’s blog


As usual the image is supplied and credited by Ermilia



by John Yeo

The shaman had many tricks up his sleeve to help him perform his healing miracles. He was a travelling healer practising his trade with the use of herbs and complex spells to communicate with the spiritual world. One day he came to our village with a following and began to have visitors from the surrounding area as his fame spread rapidly. When an important lady from our village, the wife of a hunter, became very sick the shaman was called to work his magic to make her well. The shaman spent many minutes in a trance before he began, suddenly he shouted at the top of his voice! “Everybody leave at once!” The people were in awe of the reputation of this man, they responded immediately, leaving the shelter, except for her son little Oki, who hid in a corner behind some skins. The shaman chanted prayers and prepared ointment that he rubbed on the woman’s brow and heart. Oki was shocked when he produced a shiny knife from beneath his cloak and began to sharpen the edge of the blade, then to his horror his mother groaned as the knife cut into her chest. Oki leapt from his hiding place and shouted: “Stop!” The shaman, who was in a trance and unable to respond turned to Oki and lashed out with his ceremonial knife. Oki sustained a lethal wound, but in his death throes he took the dagger and plunged it into the shaman killing him instantly. Several hours later the villagers discovered three dead people in the shelter and burnt it to the ground.

Some time later the shiny multi-coloured knife was discovered in the ashes.

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15 thoughts on “Picture it and Write ~ THE SHAMAN

    • Thanks Huma ~ The ending was a very sad affair but the story of the dagger could continue in other more responsible hands~ Nice to hear from you 🙂

      • Thank you Huma ~ I try to weave some unusual strands into the stories ~ I think you also write in a very individual way~ Your post on PJ ‘s creative prompt on the ducks was very good ~ 🙂

      • Oh really appreciate your comments on my blogs, I am just trying to get better.. Learning from wonderful writers like yourself.

  1. I really like this story John. It has a great air of mysticism as well as drama. I’m not sure whether the shaman was deliberately trying to kill Oki’s mother, or heal her. But it all ended up very sadly. Well written. 🙂

    • I had a cure that went badly wrong in mind when I wrote this Millie ~ I am really glad you enjoyed this as I value your comments greatly ~ Thank you ~ I would love to take the story of the dagger forward if time permits ~ Who finds it? Magically undamaged by the fire! Great prospects there.

      • Well, you are very good at writing a series, John. I imagine you’d continue it on the Picture it and Write challenge. I love the way you manage to make each prompt fit your characters as well as carry the story forward. I’ll look forward to reading your next story, whether you continue this tale or not. 🙂

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