‘A Gift of Crystal’ and ‘Empty Vessels’: Two Flash Fiction Tales for #FridayFictioneers

Friday Fictioneers challenges writers to come up with a 100-word story based on a photo prompt.

Thanks to Marie Gail Stratford for the photo this week.

Our contributions are below.

Image (C) Marie Gail Stratford


Joanna’s story ~ ‘A Gift of Crystal’

“It’s almost complete,” Terris grinned. “Hey, why no smile?”
I bit my lip. “Not enough citrine.”
Terris frowned. “Oh yes … and without the perfect blend of crystals…”
“… the grid won’t work. We need the right combination of carnelian and citrine.”
“So what now?”
After a pause, I unclipped my citrine necklace, offering it to my husband.
“Your healing band? You’re sure?”
I nodded. My fear would return. An agoraphobic in deep space: what an irony.
But firing the grid would give another year of life to our crew.
What was my pain, compared with the loss of so many?

[100 words]

As someone who regularly works with the subtle energy frequencies of crystals, this image immediately reminded me of crystal grids. “Firing the grid” is also a phrase sometimes used in healing terminology. I couldn’t resist weaving those words into a sci-fi tale. 🙂


Ron’s Poem ~ ‘Empty Vessels’

Rays reflect emptiness
Coloured shells that contained
Each drained, each discarded
Stacked, useless, waiting
Store once full, now barren
Uncorked, exhausted, abandoned
All used – not replenished
Move on, find new, consume again
Until all is gone, just colour remains
A blue blob empty of life
Held in dark void – waiting

[52 words]


The tales written by other writers who’ve taken part this week can be found by clicking the blue frog below.

If you enjoy writing and would like to take part in Friday Fictioneers, please visit Rochelle’s blog for the “how to” guide. Rochelle does a superb job at managing the whole Fictioneers thing. 🙂 All are welcome.

If you’d like to read any of our earlier stories, they can be found here and on our old blog.

You’re welcome to connect with us on Twitter: we are @LazuliPortals.

Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals



16 responses to “‘A Gift of Crystal’ and ‘Empty Vessels’: Two Flash Fiction Tales for #FridayFictioneers

  1. Joanna, a lovely story of sacrifice for the better good. Ron, I felt there was was a metaphor for people in your piece which was colored by the sadness of emptiness and uselessness.



  2. Joanna, your story of sacrifice fitted perfectly.. I could see that grid myself so I’m totally with you.. and Ron the poem of bottles .. discarded like most of us.. empty and consumed.. great thought here.


  3. Great sacrifice for your character to make. I’m assuming the science is good.


  4. i liked both the imaginative, dramatic story and the character’s unselfishness.
    i liked the poem as well.


  5. I’m not a big sci fi fan but loved Ron’s poem!


  6. Dear Joanna and Ron,

    Two very different offerings from the two of you this week. I love the sci-fi with humanity. Agoraphobic in space? Oy. Well done story and poem.



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  7. Joanna, I loved the way you wove your knowledge of crystals and healing into a story where the ultimate healer sacrifices for the greater good. And Ron’s poem felt like a warning to society about being wasteful. LHN


  8. Joanna and Ron, Both the story and the poem were good. I could feel the character’s pain in sacrifice. The methaphor of the empty bottles used to possibly mean people emptied by life was a good one. Both were well written. 🙂 —Susan

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