Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (the blue frog) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!
PHOTO PROMPT © Valerie J. Barrett
A good omen
Makshirani hardly noticed the rustling; it was the movement that caught her attention. Swaying, tongue flickering, hood puffed out large, the cobra sensed her. Makshirani froze.
“Stand absolutely still!”
The serpent’s eyes held her spell-bound; it could strike at any moment. Shouldn’t she run?
Slowly, slowly the snake lowered itself and slithered into the ditch. Makshirani’s father hurried over.
“That Nagaraja should raise his hood in blessing is an excellent omen, daughter.”
“Baba, I must sit for a moment.”
She stumbled to the bank under the jackfruit tree. Good omen it might be – she was just glad to be alive.
I’m afraid my response to this week’s prompt is very obscure. The kettle in the picture seems to be spitting boiling water. Cobras spit venom. I’m in the depths of editing my novel set in India, hence this story!