Magic Door

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Marge tried in vain to ignore the reminders that another year was slipping away.  Where does the time go?  Didn’t they just have the Easter egg hunts, and yet here were Christmas decorations!

Approaching the gaudily decorated, mirrored door, Marge tried to avoid the reflection of her lined face.

Only it wasn’t there.

Nor were any of the throngs of people. The park reflected from across the street, serene in the fresh-fallen snow, beckoned.

The world wouldn’t end if she missed work, would it? She turned and walked across to the park, the first smile in weeks on her lips.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Dale Rogerson. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

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Dale’s photo was labeled “Magic Door”. I liked that, and so named my story after the photo :)

55 thoughts on “Magic Door

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      We all do need to get away on occasion, and this year more than most – I’m lucky and live in a place where I can go take a long walk in the woods and not worry about meeting other people. Thanks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      She was so caught up in that limited world of sleep, eat and work, that she was looking for that escape from the “real world”. Age does do it, but it happens to everyone – I used to play hooky, or take “mental health days”, at least a few times a year were I’d wake up in the morning and say, “I’m not going to work; I’m going out -there-, out there to explore…” Hmm, I should do that more often these days.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      cough, cough, I was sick, really. Uhm, no, that wasn’t me you saw in the park across the street… It is important to find that balance, that you need to occasionally take time for yourself.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Sometimes we need to see what is behind that lined face, either literally, like the beckoning park, or figuratively, like the “spiritual need” to spend the day in that park instead of in the office…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Lol, I never know what part of the input is from Rochelle and what is from the person providing the photo. It looks like a door, though ;) The door itself may have had zero magic, but, as you said, it was exactly what she needed to go out and find some on her own.

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      1. Dale

        If you saw the whole picture, you’d see the table in front of it 😉
        And that’s the beauty of this, isn’t it? It’s not what you look at, it’s what you see…
        I loved your story

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  1. cordeliasmom2012

    Well, damn, I need to know what happened – in case I find myself in front of such a door and don’t see my own reflection. I want to know what’s on the other side before I make the decision on whether or not to open that door. Now I guess I have to think it up myself, and that’s not always good, as anyone who’s been to my site knows. Stay safe, Trent.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      So, the way I had thought about it is she saw the reflection of the park (the park wasn’t on the other side of the door, thus “She turned and walked across to the park”). One of two possibilities – she saw what she needed to see, i.e., that she needed to slow down, smell the roses, etc., or that she was already in that next world and too late ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. When I was writing it, I was thinking that the “magic door” was showing her what she needed to see – that she had to slow down and enjoy life or she would be in another world before she realized, but when I finished, I realized that it could be read that she was already there, and the weight of this world dropped from her back as she entered the next one. So I will let you interpret it which ever way you like…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is possible that the magic door is showing here the next world, “The Park”, but it is possible that the beauty of the park is all that she notices in that door, and understands she needs to stop and smell the roses. I’ll leave it to interpretation if it is a bit of a slowdown to take a breath, or a full stop, that last breath already gone.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That is one I will leave to interpretation… It could be a bit of a slowdown to take a breath or it could be a full and complete stop, too bad, no more breaths.

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