February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt from D. Wallace Peach

February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt: Anjana and Trina

Each month Diana Wallace Peach issues an image as a prompt at her
blog, Myths of the Mirror. This is my SOC mashup of a response.

February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt from D. Wallace Peach
February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt

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Anjana and Trina

Anjana the elephant wanted to know who caused the snow.

He hated snow and wanted it stopped.

In the distance, he saw a house resting lopsided in a baobab tree.

“Is that house crushing my tree?” Anjana muttered to himself.

He lumbered through the snow until he reached the house and peered
inside.

A little girl sat cross-legged on the floor with a notebook and pen.

The little girl looked up and smiled at Anjana.

“Hello…I’m Trina.”

Anjana stepped backward and bowed.

“I am Anjana,” he said.

Trina wrote his name in her notebook.

“Are you a munchkin?” she asked.

Anjana scratched his head with his trunk.

“No, I’m a demigod.”

“Pan?”

“NO!”

“I see.” Trina smiled. “If you had fingers you could snap them
and fix my house.”

“I don’t need fingers to fix your house!”

Anjana lifted the house from the tree with his mighty trunk and
set it gently on the ground.

“Oh thank you!” Trina said. “Where am I?”

“Milwaukee.”

“Do you have other powers?”

“Well…No. I used to hold up the World, but that was when it was flat.”

“Silly elephant! The World was never flat!”

This annoyed Anjana. “People thought it was flat, so it was flat!”

“That’s a good point!” said Trina.

Then she stood and shook her pen until it stretched and became
a wand.

“Shall I stop the snow?”

Anjana stared at Trina with wide eyes and slowly shook his head yes.

Trina waved her wand and shouted: “Snowmobilus! Stoppus!”

Anjana looked way from Trina and watched in awe as the snow slowly
stopped.

When he turned to thank Trina, she and the house were gone, replaced by
seven white mice dressed as elves.

(c) Rob Goldstein 2019

 

45 thoughts on “February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt: Anjana and Trina

    1. When I first saw the prompt, I didn’t think I could work with it but opened a new page and wrote: “an elephant in the snow near a house in a tree” and piece started to write itself.” I didn’t see the mice until I was nearly finished.

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  1. I love this, Rob. What a fun surprise all the way through. Sweet and funny and such a delight! Ha ha. I’m so glad you went with the prompt. “Milwaukee” got a burst of laughter. I can’t wait to share.

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  2. Rob, this is delightful! You slayed me with “Milwaukee.” Then again with “Snowmobilus! Stoppus!” I wish I had known about that last month. 😉
    Thanks for including the background link. I didn’t know the entire myth.
    I hope you will share your first version. I wouldn’t want you to discard it just because we both thought of Ganesha.
    Hugs on the wing!

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