“Yes, but last week a dragon almost set my hair on fire, so it’s your turn to negotiate.” Amanda looked resolute.

“But I’m sick. My stomach is killing me and my head feels like it’s going to explode. I’ll be vulnerable.” Annabelle’s face was pale and she was squirming in pain. “Can we postpone this?”

“We can’t.” Amanda whipped out her wand and pointed it at Annabelle while she muttered a short spell. “There, you’ll feel better shortly.”

“Do we know when the warlocks are expected to attack?”

“Anytime soon. That’s why you have to go. You’re our only hope.” The desperation in Amanda’s voice was apparent. “You have to go now, Belle. Go!” She gave her cousin a hug before pushing her through the portal.

Annabelle found herself in front of a castle. She didn’t know what to say to the Wizard Master but as she walked towards the door, she envisioned the Higher Power guiding her. All she had was her heritage and her sincere and humble heart that distinguished her from her cousin who was strong and assertive.

“What is the purpose of your visit, young one?” The voice startled Annabelle.

She composed herself and presented her solemn request on behalf of the Witches Hives. She didn’t even think about the dragons. She perceived them as lovable.

The Wizard Master thought for a while. He gazed at her, contemplating.

Finally, he declared, “My wizards and dragons will come to your aid.”

Annabelle’s face lit up. “I… we are most grateful.”

“There’s one condition,” said the Wizard Master. Annabelle held her breath. “You have to stay. When we defeat the warlocks, you will serve under me.”

Annabelle nodded in agreement without further consideration. This was necessary. She felt positive about her destiny.

© Anna Jailene Aguilar


(294 words)

This was my entry to last week’s Cracked Flash Fiction.

Here’s the feedback from the judge:

I like your portal-fantasy a lot and think there’s a lot of potential there for a longer piece (more about the problem, fleshing out of characters, etc.)

And she is absolutely spot on as this was written to go with a couple of other flash fiction pieces already written. Who knows, I could end up with a fantasy novel or a really awesome short story that I love. 🙂

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