New Memories

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Photo copyright: Janet Webb.

Alyssa wondered what the girls name was. In the words of her ancestors she called on the creator to be merciful. Then she tilted her face to the sky and lifted her voice to the heavens as she sang a ancient lullaby. She felt the child relax and the child’s heart rate slow.

A tap on her shoulder disturbed her as a voice said, we will take her mother. Elijah had returned with his father.

Three days later they returned with gifts including bell cloches; but the best gifts were a name – Anaya – and a pale but smiling female child.


I hope that is story stands alone, although it is a follow on story to ‘Change or Die’ which I posted yesterday. As I write this footnote there is another story knocking to get out, a story about Marjory: I will post it if it comes to anything.

This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. wmqcolby

    OK, I’ll check it out. See you on the other side, sir. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Ah the other side of the universe, full power to the thrusters and watch out for black holes.

      1. wmqcolby

        Thruster? Don’t even KNOW her …

        1. Michael Humphris

          Why sir; she and her friends are little beauty’s, one touch and they light their jet rockets.

          1. wmqcolby


  2. wmqcolby

    OK, I’m back. Very interesting premise. It seems to stand alone. I did two stories myself, but pointed the old one first, then the sequel, Worked like a charm. Very good and complex story, Mike.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Glad you missed the black holes, welcome back.

      1. wmqcolby


  3. justjoyfulness

    Such a beautiful story and so sensitively told. Love the names as well 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for such a kind comment. Sometimes I struggle to find the right names. So I was pleased to read the second part of your comment.

  4. neilmacdon

    Yes I think this haunting little tale stands alone

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to get your feedback, you helped me understand my writing better, due to the use of the word ‘haunting’

  5. Keith's Ramblings

    I think we all agree it stands alone! Delightful

    Please click to read my FriFic

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Keith. I was not sure, for as the author, I still had the earlier story about Alyssa in my head.

  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    A beautiful and sad little story

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, Bjorn.

  7. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Heart wrenching tale. Nicely written.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was so pleased to get your thoughts on this story. Thank you.

  8. Varad

    Glad to know that the little girl survived. Nice follow up to the other tale, Michael. Cheers, Varad

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Varad. Occasionally a story will dictate to me that it has more to say.

  9. Moon

    So well written, Michael. I really liked the name Anaya.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Moon. New Memories is a story which also pleases me,

  10. draliman

    “Anaya” is a beautiful gift, a lovely name.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was also pleased with the names which arrived to live in this story. The prompt photo was so lovely, it demanded that I worked harder on my response and the names. I believe that there is a lesson for me in that.

  11. Liz Young

    Now I understand – a lovely ending to the story, and new friendships formed.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Occasionally a prompt or a story demands to me that I write more. I am glad that I did not disappoint you.

  12. Sarah Ann


    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sarah Ann. ‘New Memories’ and the linked story ‘Change or Die’, have reminded me of how the prompt photos effect my FF, for both prompt photos really spoke to me.

  13. gahlearner

    It stands alone but it is more fun together with the first part. Lovely story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so glad to recieve your feedback, as I was pleased about how these two stories turned out.

  14. gravadee

    Lovely take on the prompt

    Click Here to see what Mrs. Dash Says

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, I always read your stories, and try to comment.

  15. k rawson

    A haunting tale about an intriguing world.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comment, thank you so much. Mike

  16. patriciaruthsusan

    A sad but lovely story with some nice unusual names, Michael. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne, I enjoyed writing this story.

  17. Sascha Darlington

    Beautiful and sad, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sascha; this was a story that really am pleased that I wrote.

      1. Sascha Darlington

        It’s wonderful when those come along! 🙂

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