Monday, June 7, 2010

That Look of Surprise: A Magpie Tale

Things had gotten out of hand.  The noise of drunken debauchery filled the streets night after night.  So many poor souls had succumbed to temptation.  Eventually, even the most chaste were being dragged into the depths of moral turpitude.  It was time for someone to step in and put an end to the depravity.

One night, two mysterious strangers knocked on a door in the town, entreating the occupants of the house to join them and flee the city.  But why should we, the family asked?  Because doom and destruction will rain down upon you if you stay, was the answer.  Come away now and don't look back, they cried.

The father, mother and two daughters were dragged from their house by the strangers.  They had no time to gather their belongings.  Where were they going?  Could they trust these strangers?  What would they use to begin a new life when they were taking nothing with them?

Little did they realize that their most precious possessions were already with them.  Had anyone told them that, they would have been surprised.  They had no clue that their earthly possessions were like nothing compared to their bond with each other.

But, as so often happens, we don't realize what we have until it is lost.  Which is why the mother had such a look of surprise on her face when she turned to look back on their home one last time. 

Salt was one of the most precious commodities in those days, but it was one Lot could have lived without.

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Willow over at Life at Willow Manor  has been providing inspiration for bloggers on a site called Magpie Tales.  A photo of an artifact is posted each week as a writing prompt.  Participants write a story or poem of its history and/or how the item in the photo came to be in their possession.  Be sure to check out the other fabulous writers participating in Magpie Tales this week.  You'll be glad you did!
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