Death and the Word Count

We are playing with a word count.   But adding a challenge to the mix.   So a picture is worth 1000 words, we’re going for 100.



Her hand grips a white rose.  But the rose has it’s thorns in Rose as well.   She spins it between fingers until the pin holes let out a stream.   It comforts her.

Below her spills out the future.  Her cards neatly spread.   Eight cards waiting to relieve her pain.  Only her final card is death.

She smiles.  Her heart skips a beat.  It’s white rose is her’s. Everything fades away.  Her pain can at last be gone.

Behind the card is a meaning of great change.  The novice doesn’t realize the cards are pointing toward change.  Her pain goes.  She does not.

19 thoughts on “Death and the Word Count

  1. thanks for sharing your response to this week’s writing prompt 🙂

    This is a fascinating and interesting piece – how you’ve written a story that explores certain elements, literally, and then of course, from a philosophical point of view – and perspective. There is a certain quietness to this piece, while the tension and almost “wild ride” is there too – it can almost be felt. Which is probably why the ending is so powerful. Almost as if death is grinning – a not quite “last laugh”. And the word choice “novice” – well that is interesting – actually I find it very peculiar, but not strange – and I’d love to know the idea behind this.

    Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂


    1. Thank you darling. First part is at one time I could have given you a first class reading. Death is the ultimate change. Her self inflicted pain is a hallmark of youth (novice). Death always had the last laugh. But I combined her into the song “She talks to Angels” by Black Crows. I even have her faith in next challenge piece. You made my day wonderful with the comment! 😉☺😃😎😉

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      1. Okay – thanks for the additional info – I was thinking along the same lines …. but oddly too – perhaps because of the white rose image and the word – I also wandered to “novice” – in a religious sense. As for the Black Crows – love that song. Totally powerful.


      2. definitely …. and in a traditional tarot card representation, it is used and is highly symbolic – so it all ties in perfectly 🙂

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