In The Beginning, There Was Distraction

Phan clutched her halo, rubbing already-tarnished finish. And sighed. If only she hadn’t been so diverted this morning, with the clouds. Then there’d been flowers. Then path swirls -which led right to the end of the lengthy queue…

“Next!” the angel matriarch called.

Phan floated forward. At a scowl, she hastily replaced her halo and hoped it aligned itself. It didn’t.

“Late again, Phanuelle.”


“There’s only one assignment left; a newer one.”

Phan peered beyond the matriarch at the mostly harmless-looking blue and green sphere to which she must go. Oh, well. Perhaps it would have flowers, too.


Created for Carrot Ranch‘s writing prompt.

April 11, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the phrase “beggars can’t be choosers.” You can play with the words, alter them or interpret them without using the phrase. Give it any slant you want — show what it means or add to its  meaning. Go where the prompt leads!

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27 thoughts on “In The Beginning, There Was Distraction

      1. I did a double-take after I read that line and a big grin plastered itself to my face.
        I hope you also spotted a reference in my latest chapter that was totally inspired by something you said about Xanthius. 😀

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          1. Yup – he’s a popular chap (although it’s a balance between keeping him relevant to the story and making sure he doesn’t become the main character, because he’s better as a counterfoil). I seem to remember you saying that he’s the kind of character to drop out of nowhere onto your head, so that’s what I made him do 🙂

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