Thanks to dear Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and to Roger Bultot for the photo
Walking inside the Lillies
‘Calm down Billy, I know it’s scarey that mum’s gone missing. It’s only been 24 hours, sure she’ll be re-join our tour group soon’. Brian was also telling himself alongside his son to calm down. Where had Lula gone and why? She’d disappeared during the visit to the sultan’s palace.
‘I become smaller and smaller, my shoulders brushed with pollen,
feeling faint from breathing in the lillies’ scent.
the pale sunlight shines through the translucent pearly petals, which become
the palace courtyard with a fountain at its heart.
I am spellbound by this place
what else is there ? Only the distant clamour of my other life.
May 17, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Took me a couple of seconds to make the transition from reality to the dream world the missing wife and mom entered. I wonder if she’ll make it back–or even if she’ll want to.
May 16, 2021 at 3:04 am
May 16, 2021 at 6:03 pm
So glad you were enchanted Jade.
May 15, 2021 at 10:27 am
A little bit of magic which raises the question would you go back to your routine responsibilities in the real world if it happened to you. It’s a tough one, be selfish and enjoy or bear with your obligations
May 15, 2021 at 7:08 pm
Thanks for your reflections Michael. I agree, it can be a dilemma.
May 15, 2021 at 4:40 am
It sounds like some sort of magical seduction is at work here 🙂
May 15, 2021 at 7:15 pm
Thanks for your feedback Ali. I was definitely thinking about magic.
May 14, 2021 at 4:51 pm
it sounds like she became a concubine. she’s forever trapped.
May 15, 2021 at 7:22 pm
Thanks for your comment. Maybe she’ll be trapped in the hareem rather than her life back home ?
May 14, 2021 at 4:17 pm
I can’t help but wonder what sorcerer’s magic is at work here. Is it for evil or good? What a tale you’ve created of a world within a world!
May 15, 2021 at 7:28 pm
Thanks Dora, I’m glad you liked the story.
May 14, 2021 at 1:09 pm
Oh, how imaginative. This is very magical and dream-like.
May 15, 2021 at 7:31 pm
Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you liked the story.
May 14, 2021 at 11:32 am
It took me a couple of reads to realize what had happened to Lula. It sounds like she might be happier in her new life.
May 15, 2021 at 7:37 pm
Thanks for your reflections Rochelle.
May 14, 2021 at 9:51 am
How intriguing! It sounds as though she’s turned into a bumble bee. Or perhaps he scent of the lilies is hallucinogenic. Perhaps the Sultan’s palace courtyard is the human equivalent of a pitcher plant, trapping the unwary and susceptible. Rather a beautiful image, and Lula sounds pretty happy.
May 16, 2021 at 6:18 pm
Thanks for your reflections Penny. I love your idea about the Sultan’s palace courtyard becoming the human equivalent of a pitcher plant – that’s so inventive of you.
May 13, 2021 at 5:43 pm
Magical. I wonder if she was unhappy in her life before or just seduced by the magic of the palace
May 16, 2021 at 6:23 pm
Thanks for your comment Neil, so pleased you found it magical. Good question you pose. Not sure of the answer at the moment.