Release, Renew, Rebirth

The dancing, licking, crackling flames grew ever higher in the charred witches’ pot; convincing her they would writhe and rise above the rim.

And yet, they did not.

To a mirrored dance within her fascinated gaze, the fire merely danced and licked and crackled ’round its assigned artifact: the last human’s heart.

Yes, she breathed.

Hardly blinking, she and shifting wall shadows watched the smoky Samba churn and char the once-beating organ to a new and better form.

Gasping at the fresh-forged heat, she reached in to eagerly release her new heart.


Mixed and forged for Girlie on the Edge‘s Six Sentence Story.


Photo Credit:
Maxim Tajer


ยฉ2019 Chelsea Owens

35 thoughts on “Release, Renew, Rebirth

    • Chelsea Owens June 20, 2019 / 10:17 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜€ Ha! I should have guessed you might.


    • Chelsea Owens June 21, 2019 / 9:38 am

      It’s a beautiful thing to watch. Perhaps not as closely as the witch did if one still wants to see later.


  1. GirlieOnTheEdge June 21, 2019 / 4:30 am

    Great descriptive writing as I was right there in front of that frightening crackling fire. Your last sentence is excellent. Left me wanting to read more ๐Ÿ™‚

    Don’t forget to come over and link your story!!

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    • Chelsea Owens June 21, 2019 / 9:39 am

      Gah! Do I do it on the Thursday post?


      • GirlieOnTheEdge June 21, 2019 / 7:52 pm

        Hi Chelsea. Yes. I responded to your comment over at the post. You have to click on the “Click here to Enter” button at the post to link up. See you soon ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Chelsea Owens June 21, 2019 / 9:43 am

      I guess I’m stuck on the phoenix imagery. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Chelsea Owens June 21, 2019 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks! Alchemy may have a gruesome bend where immortality is concerned…


  2. Josie Two Shoes June 21, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    This story certainly pulled us into the flames, and left me wondering so much more about what was transpiring, and would she be happy with the new heart. Well done!

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  3. Bladud Fleas June 22, 2019 / 5:34 am

    Great story, Chelsea.

    Thought Iโ€™d try it too but the submission rules confused me and the Inlinkz thing is a little flaky. I could have written the story about that. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Chelsea Owens June 22, 2019 / 8:55 am

      ๐Ÿ˜€ I felt the same way. It seems (mostly) on the up and up. I think she means that we need to go click the dubious linkz thing on Thursday, but we’re told the prompt on Sunday.

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      • GirlieOnTheEdge June 23, 2019 / 6:46 am

        Exactly! Word posted Sunday, link up on Thursday. Easy peasy ๐Ÿ˜€


        • Chelsea Owens June 23, 2019 / 7:16 am

          Yeah. I’m just old and need small words. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. Pat Brockett June 22, 2019 / 1:17 pm

    Mesmerizing, but maybe in this case, new isn’t better, or is it?

    You certainly captured our attention with your fiery Six! Well done.

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    • Chelsea Owens June 22, 2019 / 1:34 pm

      Thank you! All new life comes with a cost, for sure.


  5. Norah June 23, 2019 / 4:27 am

    The last human heart – that’s tragic!

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  6. Violet Lentz June 23, 2019 / 10:01 am

    I can’t believe I almost missed this amazing debut into the world of six sentence stories! Brilliantly done!

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    • Chelsea Owens June 23, 2019 / 3:06 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ I suppose you’ll now know to guard your heart as well.


  7. westcoastwoman June 24, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    this really was a ‘language painting’ just beautifully written

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  8. Kristi June 24, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    Wow. It makes me wonder what is next for her.

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    • Chelsea Owens June 24, 2019 / 6:17 pm

      Thanks! I guess she’ll move on to fantastical creatures?


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