Every week, Call2Read, The Why About This, Ye Pirate (Padmini, Penny, Pirate) host the Līgo Haībun Challenge with a photo, a word, a phrase as a prompt. You write a story, a prose, or something and end it with a haiku style poem that sums up the entire story that has been written.
This week, the choices were two words: Apathy and Paradise. I have chosen the word paradise, and written a fantastical science fiction story. If you want to have a go, visit any of the pages above and see the ideas, or click on the links link just below.
Copper and Steel
I know everything will change. It has to. For all this time, I have remained hidden from view, keeping a low profile and avoiding everybody. I lean back onto the balls of my feet and run my fingers down the scarred side of my face, feeling the lumps from where the surgery rebuilt my cheeks and jaw, my eye slightly lower on the left through the reconstruction.
I look to see how much more I need to complete. I only need to change a few more boards, write a few more words, and add a few more pins. I look at the sheet of paper again with the instructions to Paradise. I lay my head down to see that everything fits in the correct positions.
I smile as my heart races again and hope the sheet of paper does not lie. This sheet is the only one I have seen of its kind. I pull the copper wire in a figure eight around the top pins and clip it to a switch on the edge of the board. I check on the lower half, and use steel wire wool to form three circles, one inside the other. Standing up, I look at the board. It is near completion now, only two more wires to connect and then it will be ready.
I unplug everything from the walls and write a note to say goodbye. I need my friends to know not to come looking for me. They will never find me. I rip the instructions off the sheet, and tear it into tiny fragments, then place them in different bins, and eat two of the pieces with writing on. I stand on the board, attach the last wire and flick the switch. I feel a shock run up through my legs, terror overtakes me, and then there is a massive bright flash.
As my my eyes clear, I look around. Men and women are everywhere. Every woman, so beautiful; every man, so handsome; every single one of the woman almost identical; every single man sports the same hair style, the same eye colour, the same height, the same hair colour. I cannot believe this actually happened. I drop the sheet on the floor that says “Ugly man wanted … no joke … follow these instructions”
has a different idea
- Ligo Haibun Challenge ~ Eden! (yarnspinnerr.wordpress.com)
- Ligo Haibun – Paradises And Picnics (managuagunntoday.wordpress.com)
- Līgo Haībun Challenge (teawithapirate.wordpress.com)
- Līgo Haībun Challenge (managuagunntoday.wordpress.com)
- First Kiss – Līgo Haibun Challenge (gabriellaswritingcorner.wordpress.com)
- A Sincere hug – tugs at the heart of both! (pennyquotes.wordpress.com)
- Ligo Haibun Challenge: Apathy (readinpleasure.wordpress.com)