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Peace was on an extended vacation. She’d gotten fed up with the petty bickering and always the conflicts between humans. Enjoying herself in the delicious quietness of floating on a windless sunset, Peace decided to ask Ocean what her secret was in keeping so still.

Ocean responded, “As you know, I often swell and ripple with Wind, but Wind is a flighty sort and moves on quickly. You also know that when temperatures change and currents speed up, I can get downright turbulent and grow waves that whoosh and crash. There are even times when the moon drives me to distraction and I rise into a tsunami and wreak havoc. One thing you will never see me do is turn against the dwellers under my surface. I owe my love and dedication to them.”

Peace said, “I admire your philosophy. If I could just convince War to leave, perhaps I’d have a chance with those on land and above your surface.”

Ocean said, “Don’t expect War to leave of His own free will. War has ruled the lands for a long time. You’re going to have to come up with a better plan than hopes and wishes.”

A small ripple moved towards Peace’s boat.  Green shining Mermaid’s head emerged. Although not clothed, Mermaid was wearing a glowing green and blue amulet around her neck. She removed the necklace and swam close, her hands holding it as if to indicate placing it around Peace’s neck. Peace lowered her head and Mermaid gifted her with it.

Mermaid said, “With this amulet, the creatures of the sea pledge their allegiance to you. We want you to prevail across the lands and will help you all we can, through any body of water.”

Peace hugged Mermaid’s icy frame, kissed her wet cheek, and said, “May Gaia give her blessings.”

As she said this, the sun burst out from the clouds and a flock of hummingbirds circled Peace’s head. The hummingbirds recited in chorus: “Peace, the conflicts are intensifying and War now controls all land masses. Please, come back with us. We need you. Gaia gives her blessings.”

Peace smiled and said, “I’m ready.”

The End.

Fandango’s FOWC is war, the Word of the Day Challenge is delicious, Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are hummingbird, pen, amulet, and Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompt is the photo.





7 Comments Add yours

  1. Was Peace a hippie?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      No. Peace is a spirit.

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  2. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Oh my god, lol !! That’s what my step-son calls me–a hippie!! Although I was a child during the ’60s, but I guess those sensibilities came out later in the ’70s when I was older.

    I’m glad the hummingbirds came to get Peace, but I think she’s definitely in over her head.
    Nice images, though!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Funny about your stepson, Seliza. I am a dreamer and hope Peace’s dream comes to pass — before it’s too late.

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  3. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Me too. I’m a pessimist/dreamer. I doubt things will work out well but I hope fervently they do!

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  4. pvcann says:

    what a thoroughly delightful story, at one level aspirational, at another level deeply real and even prophetic.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, it’s funny how the stories take on a life of their own. This was one of them.

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