Vantage Point – Magpie Tales

autumn-in-madeira jacek yerka

Sarah once dreamed of her own island, floating in space and time. As a little girl, when she was encouraged to give wings to her flights of fancy, she wrote tales of a woman with long, dark coppery curls who navigated the lands, floating in the air on a slice of land suspended from hot air balloons. A dragon’s tail rudder at the back of the earthy sliver dictated the direction and a rainbow-hued propeller pulled her home forward through the sun-sprinkled air. Her life was filled with adventure, her Siamese cat purred loud and serene on her silk-clad lap. She was mistress of her destiny.

Sarah turns a full circle, drinking in the scenery laid out before her. The land is a vast, autumnal carpet, dotted here and there with a ceramic-tiled rooftop. In the distance, the deep turquoise sea glints and sparkles between the mountain peaks. At last, she is atop her own, peaceful hill, rising magically from the flat land below. It is as if it has been drawn directly from a childhood dream. She listens to the slight wind as it whistles through the trees.

If she listens carefully, she can hear the gentle rattle of a propellor and cat purring with contentment.


Autumn in Madeira by Jacek Yerka 

Here’s my latest entry into Magpie Tales. There is a theme running through my weekly writings once again. If you want to know more about Sarah, please read my Five Sentence Fiction and VisDare entries. Can you identify with her at all?

Vanishing Point – VisDare


Sarah and Danny are watching the couples walking down the steps. Some are smiling, some are laughing, some look worried.

Sarah thinks, ‘They look complete.’

Danny thinks, ‘The men look left out.’

Sarah reaches out for Danny’s hand, but it is stuck firmly in his jeans pocket.

“That will be us soon, Danny. We’ll have our own baby son or daughter. We’ll be a proper family. I can’t wait! Can you?”

“Mmmm,” he replies.

Sarah smiles, remembering her own perfect childhood. She thinks of the bonnets, bootees and adorable little cardigans hidden at the bottom of her wardrobe.

One day.



Here’s my latest entry to the lovely Angela’s VisDare.

I hope you enjoy this week’s tale – I’ve tied it in with my Five Sentence Fiction and Magpie Tales entries this week – find out some more about Sarah….

Please do visit VisDare for more intriguing responses to this quirky image!


Point of Reference – Five Sentence Fiction


Sarah is a little girl – she knows she is her mummy’s little star and her daddy’s lion cub.

Sarah is a teenager – she knows she is Liam’s girlfriend and Mr Barrett’s favourite student.

Sarah is a twenty five year old woman – she knows she is Danny’s bride and the envy of all of her friends.

Sarah is in her thirties – she knows she is Mr Browne’s best saleswoman and that Danny resents her success.

Sarah is in her forties – she’s on her own, relying on nobody but herself – is this where life begins?


Here is my latest entry into the lovely Lillie’s Five Sentence Fiction, where she has provided this intriguing photo  from this blog enigmatically called ‘Loving’ for us as this week’s inspiration. Please do visit here to read, read, read some more! No two pieces will be the same…

Again, this post will form part of my weekly theme, linking together the pictorial inspiration from Lillie’s blog, VisDare and Magpie Tales. There is no particular order this week, so read them however you like!