#FF — One Eye

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

To them, I am a seer. They make their pilgrimages from every corner of the county. They rest on their bedrolls until it is their time to bring me their troubles, their dreams, and their secret desires.

My visions not only give, but they must have their due. Little Mary will walk again — but little Jimmy will drown. Their business will thrive – but their house will burn down. Mark will leave his wife – but will die young of cancer. I try to tell them, but they want only half-truths.

They leave me coins then walk away, smiling.

[100 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the passionate host of Friday Fictioneers.

61 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m with the customers – only good news please, had enough of bad fortunes! Nice use of the image.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Iain! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Sadje says:

    That’s the downside to knowing the future

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  3. judeitakali says:

    Oh my! I wouldn’t want to know those as well.

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  4. Liz Young says:

    That’s a seer I would avoid!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Because you didn’t want to know the truth or because you wanted the whole truth??

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    I’m sure the customers make up their own stories about what they’ve heard

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Without a doubt. Selective hearing is alive and well!

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  6. Ron. says:

    Every coin has two sides, eh? Great stuff. Thanks.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      And many as the coin spins in the air. Thanks, Ron.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Neel, thank you! 🙂

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  7. Danny James says:

    I would listen to her.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Some people can take the whole truth, and it sounds like you’re one who wants it. Thanks, Danny.

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  8. James McEwan says:

    Yes, she knows. Every seer knows that when people walk on a tightrope some will fall. Yet, the people on the rope know it will not be them.
    Why does your stories drag such philosophical rubbish out of me?
    Great little story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, she does. And I’m glad my stories pull comments from you. Thanks much, James.

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  9. Wow! I didn’t see that dark turn coming. Very clever.

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  10. What a burden to carry! A very dark twist to the tale.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it would be. Thank you for reading and your comment.

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  11. Michael says:

    Being such a seer must be a heavy burden to carry.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I believe so also.

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  12. Badfinger (Max) says:

    That would be a horrible talent to have.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Agreed, Max. I think it would make someone old before their time.

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  13. Dale says:

    There is always a price to pay for the good… Of course, no one wants to hear what that is. Well done, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re so right! Thanks, Dale.

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      1. Dale says:

        YOU’RE so right 😉

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  14. Dear Lisa,

    And that’s why I don’t go to fortune tellers. 😉 I’d rather not see the evil that’s coming. Well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, I understand what you mean. It might be nice to know the good stuff, but not the rest. Thank you.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  15. memadtwo says:

    We see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear…(K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes! And do what we want to do. We like to find ways to rationalize our choices, but this is what it boils down to.

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  16. granonine says:

    I don’t think I’d want to know any part of my future. Sufficient unto the day are the evils thereof! (quoting Matthew 6:34)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Understandable, Linda. With Matthew I would only add … and the good … Thanks for reading and your comment.

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  17. Bill says:

    I want the truth, but as I see it. I can take it, as long as it’s what I want to hear. Complementary fortune cookies only, please. I want my reality, my world as I see it, my gods as I envision them. Well conceived and written, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Bill.

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  18. Nobbinmaug says:

    Nobody wants the bad news. I’ve heard somewhere, “You take the good. You take the bad. You take them both, and then you have the facts of life.” It’s still hard to be the bearer or receiver of bad news.

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  19. authorfleurl says:

    Extrapolate the good bits, I reckon. There’s too much bad news. Good story!

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  20. poetisatinta says:

    Great take on the photo prompt – I don’t think many of us want to know the whole truth! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks AJ, I think you’re right.

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  21. Good or bad, it’s not for me, I’m a wait-and-see kinda guy!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m with you, Keith.

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  22. Dahlia says:

    Have to confess I am one who prefers the happy half-truths. The rest will come any way.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m really enjoying the comments to my story. I can see why you’d feel that way.

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  23. dorahak says:

    How much of the future do we really want to know when it could potentially paralyze us with fear or make us miss the simple joys of the moment?! I’d leave one eye and two eyes alone tbh. What an interesting dilemma you pose, Lisa. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, thanks for reading and your thoughtful response.

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  24. Excellent interpretation. How much would you want to know if you could ? I think ignorance is bliss!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much and I like what you see there.

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  25. This is just sad, half truths are very misleading.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      We seem to be swimming in that sea more and more…

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  26. If the future’s not good, ignorance is bliss.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading.

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  27. subroto says:

    People can be easy to please. Even I don’t ask for much. The the numbers of next week’s lotto would be good.

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  28. plaridel says:

    nice business to be in. i could hear coins dropping in earnest. 🙂

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  29. Laurie Bell says:

    Oooo now here is a brilliant concept. Would make a terrific novel!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Laurie, thank you!

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