Recorded Mail

Photo copyright: Gah Learner

Photo copyright: Gah Learner


Dear Joanne
By the time you receive this letter your father and I will be in Narnia. Darling we do understand why you felt that you had to stay on Atrae… There is something you need to know about the portal. When your grandparents used it, it was in a wardrobe. When we found the portal, it was within a mirror. It seems likely that every decade it changes location and form. Should you desire to visit Narnia, you will need to look deep into your soul. The magic will begin when you reach the portals silhouette.
Love Mum

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 61 Comments

  1. Sandra

    Now I think that Narnia might become just that bit more difficult to find this decade. Lovely idea, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased you liked the idea, Sandra.

  2. jillyfunnell

    I love the idea of the portal changing. I wonder what it will be next. Great story. I really like the use of the letter to tell it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Jilly. I have been experimenting with letters and dialogue… I do have an idea for a follow up story, but at the present time I am somewhat unsure about it. Time will tell

  3. Keith's Ramblings

    I wonder if she’ll seek it out. A lovely piece Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Not for some while, she has a mission to handle on Atrae.

  4. Susan A Eames

    What a great idea! A portal that changes. Hope the children find Narnia and meet their parents again.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  5. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Imaginative and clever story in a letter. Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for such a kind comment Rochelle.

  6. gahlearner

    I, too, love the idea of the changing portal. I’ll be looking in other places for it now since my wardrobe never got me there. BTW, I think you want to change the My to By in the first sentence. No biggie…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Change made,I am so pleased you let me know. It does seem that the portal has a mind of its own. Thank you.

  7. pennygadd51

    I wonder whether the portal is now a part of Pokémon Go?

  8. neeltheauthor- author of WHEN LIFE THROWS THOSE CURVE BALLS

    Good story, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Glad you enjoyed it Neel

  9. James McEwan

    A sort of chasing the family through space and time. Interesting.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Certainly family members can slip between differing realms. Glad her story held interest.

  10. 4963andypop

    Maybe the portal is this window? It looks like an upper floor, so it would take a good dose of imagination and spunk to attempt to go through! And the consequences of being wrong…

    1. Michael Humphris

      It could be a window, but not in this case. Thank you for commenting.

  11. 4963andypop

    PS in the US, we call it registered mail, assuming google gave me the right definition. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think registered would do fine, as the letter has travelled through several countries. Had I have a higher word count, I might have indicated some form of magic being used to ensure the letter was received and read,

      1. 4963andypop


  12. plaridel

    i believe there’s an app for that now. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I guess there is

  13. StuHN

    Is she worthy? Let’s hope so.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I do hope so

  14. Susan

    Intriguing tale Michael. Is this a pre- or post- story to the one in Sunday Photo Fiction?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Susan, I am not sure at the present time. But I think post.

  15. Dale

    I think when I find it, I’m not telling anyone… 😉 Sometimes mums have to get away…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now then Dale we can’t have you disappearing, can we

      1. Dale


  16. notestowomen

    Nice one, Michael 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased you enjoyed it.

  17. Sascha Darlington

    Lovely story, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Glad you enjoyed it Sascha

  18. Snow's Fissures and Fractures

    It is getting harder to search the depths of our souls, thus making our Narnias slip further away. Beautiful story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It certainly seems to be getting. Glad you enjoyed the story

  19. Abhijit Ray

    Still moving! When will you settle down?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Ha ha. You made me smile, thank you.

  20. Woman walking Max

    Such an imaginative take on the prompt. I like Mum’s matter of fact tone, telling her daughter the practicalities of finding the portals, blended with the magic of Narnia. Good story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comment, as the blending of magic and fact was what I was aiming for. Thank you.

  21. lisarey1990

    This is a very imaginative piece. I like the structure you used with the letter too.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your feedback, as I am trying to experiment with my writing at present

  22. theministryofshrawleywalks

    Nice, like the relevance of the mirror from last week, I wonder if it would be possible to intertwine a tale through out the FF? I’ll try it next year, i’m stuck in a nursery rhyme trip right now and can’t find my way out of that particular portal!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Intertwined stories are alright, but I have found that they can carry my writing into a cul’de’sack

      1. theministryofshrawleywalks

        I might try it next year!!

  23. Brenda's Thoughts

    Oh, I hope Joanne find the portal. What a lovely tale in letter form! =)

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased you enjoyed it, as I am experimenting with the formatting of my writing. Thank you for the comment

  24. Sarah Ann

    I feel Joanne will have to search hard and open her mind in order to find her own portal.

    1. Michael Humphris

      She certainly will, but she has a head start, she knows about Narnia

  25. JoHawkTheWriter

    Wonderful. Perhaps the portal is in this room and I haven’t recognized it. Thank you.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It could be, perhaps the portal moves much more often than I realised. There are unseen benefits from having the portal near at hand, it gives…

  26. patrickprinsloo

    That’s good Love the spirituality of the piece.
    Dr Who starts soon. Maybe the Tardis…?

    1. Michael Humphris

      I have followed the Doctors adventure from the very beginning, as a child I remember having my nose to a TV shop window, watching the Tardis and the first doctor.

  27. Akshata Ram

    That was mythical liked the interpretation of the prompt

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Akshata, so glad you enjoyed it, it good to read your feedback

  28. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    I think it can be anywhere…. we are just never prepared when we are at the portal

    1. Michael Humphris

      I agree with you Bjorn, so pleased you commented, thank you,

  29. Dahlia

    An imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable piece 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased you enjoyed it.

  30. magarisa

    A great story idea.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was good to read your feedback, thank you.

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