The Carrot Ranch October 24, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about bones. It can be any genre or tone.
Is it spooky, irreverant, poignant? Go where the prompt leads!
Submit by October 29, 2022.
The druid priest swirled and dipped in his spiritual dance to the sun’s return. His long white robes glistened in the moonlight, wraith-like.
Within the branches of the oak tree, another priest gathered the All-Heal (mistletoe). One swift slice with the golden sickle and the mistletoe fell into the shroud.
A vast pile of wood forged from the forest stood at the ready. It was time to light the fire to pay homage to the sun god.
“Throw the bones,” chanted the priest. The bones sizzled in the fire.
The next year, “throw the bones” was shortened to “bon-fire.”
This is a sneak peek at the magic found within the pages of Fairies, Myths, & Magic II – A Winter Celebration, due to publish this December. This is a compilation of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry.
The Druids welcomed the winter solstice with a bonfire to celebrate the return of the sun. This is how the bonfire got its name from the phrase, “throw the bones.”