THERE BE GIANTS

 

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Copyright: C. Hase

Here we are again this week. Today we’re gathered at a virtual beach to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by C. Hase. Thanks, C.

Congratulations to Jennifer Pendergast and family on their new son and little brother, Dominic.

Also, I’m sorry my story is so late. My computer was in the repair shop for several days.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the little blue frog in the blue box after clicking on the link. The link for the other stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/5-june-2015/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THERE BE GIANTS by P.S. Joshi

“Dad,” said Sean, “Are there such things as giants?”

“Well son, there were giants once upon a time.”

The child looked puzzled and asked, “I’ve never seen giants. Why is that?”

“Well son, people stopped believing in them so they went away.”

“Where did they go Dad? Is it far from here?”

“Well, Sean, they sailed far away. I don’t know where. Only their boat chain remains.”

“Dad, are we leprechauns?”

“That’s what some people call us, Sean.”

“Will we go away like the giants if people stop believing in us?”

“We might son, if people stop believing. We might.”

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42 thoughts on “THERE BE GIANTS

    • I was thinking of something like THE NEVERENDING STORY. If no one read, or spoke of, certain characters in stories, people would forget about them, and they would disappear from people’s minds. I’m so glad you liked the story. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Louise. I’m so glad you liked the story. That idea is a popular one among storytellers. I remember the movie THE NEVERENDING STORY. In a way it’s true. When people stop thinking about characters in a story, those characters cease to exist for those people. We should encourage children to read so the old story characters won’t cease to exist. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne.

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  1. Oh, Suzanne. I love this one. It’s beautiful. The whole idea that what is real is based on belief has always intrigued me. The little twist in the story and the questioning of one’s own reality is awesome.

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    • Thanks, Diana. My mother used to say that reading takes a person to a whole different world. As writers, we create characters who are real in the book or story, and to anyone reading it. We need to keep the old stories and their characters alive. My dad used to tell the story about an old Irish woman telling him and other youngsters a story about fairies. My dad laughed at the idea of fairies being real. She turned to him and said, “Young man, there ‘do’ be fairies in Ireland.”

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    • Thanks, Alicia. Be careful. I’ve heard gnomes can be sneaky. I’m so glad you liked the story. I had it written before I got the computer back. I’m glad I got it back when I did also. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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  2. This is a delightful read, Suzanne, especially coming from a leprechaun’s POV. That was a nice little surprise. I’d like to believe in this stuff. Maybe someday, I’ll see one. I’d be happy to either a giant or a leprechaun! Fun take.

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  3. Dear Suzanne,

    I’m sorry about your technical diffiulties but I’m glad you didn’t let it keep you from posting. This delightful little story was worth the wait.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    PS I’ll keep believing. πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks, Rochelle. I’m so glad you liked the story. Thanks for the encouragement. I’m glad I had the time to post also. I’m a bit late answering the comments and reading stories as my laptop hoarded up “177” updates before installing them. I was so surprised it was that many. It was a bit like a dam bursting. It took part of yesterday and all through the night for them to install.:( It’s finally completed. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  4. Suzanne, this one gave me a lot…about how our faith gives us what we believe in. And as a leprechaun, now I know I have to keep believing in myself so I won’t disappear….!

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    • Thanks, Rosanna. I love that. I’ve found it’s true,also.Often my faith has led me in the right direction. We’re not always given what we want. We’re given what we need. I’ve seen that time and again. From one lepredhaun to another, we both need to believe in ourselves. I’ve so glad you were given something by the story. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  5. This is fascinating as there are so many possibilities out there. The question of “What if?” is a biggie. And I agree, we create characters who are real to us and those reading and form attachments.

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    • Thanks, Francesca. I’m so pleased you liked the story. We need to constantly stretch our imaginations, don’t we. I think that’s why we love to write and read. We get to spend time in an imaginary world with characters who become our friends. Characters who are well written almost walk out of the pages don’t they? πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  6. What happened was the giants had a blog, but no one read it. Perry and I (and other humorists) have this problem all the time. Of course, who can blame people for not believing in us. I’m not even sure we exist.

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  7. Well that was just delightful. I especially liked the naturalness of a child pestering a father for answers. It shows how dialogue can convey a picture that suddenly has to adjust when the part about leprechauns comes into focus. Nicely done.

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  8. Well I certainly believe!
    This was wonderful,Suzanne πŸ™‚ I love the way the conversation between father and son unfolded and that the father offered that wise and magical closing line in your story.
    I hope all is well and that the rains have come.
    Ellespeth

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    • Thanks, Ellespeth. I’m so pleased you liked the story, especially the father’s closing line. We’ve had some pre-monsoon rains, but the true monsoon probably won’t be here for a couple weeks yet. I hope you’ll be getting more rain there. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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