Different Phoenix, Different Ending – Reflections Traces Prompt #12

Sometimes she wondered how different life would have been for her had she the power to chose her own outcome. She had loved a man so much, much more than he had ever deserved, though that was something that she had not known until later in their life together. They’d had children, so many children and she thought they’d been happy.

It was only later that she learned there was more to life, their life, that she had not known about.

Her kind were often thought of as a blessing or a curse, depending on who was talking.

To her husband, she had been a blessing both in children, long life and in personal power. Those who came to their home to speak with her husband were always awed by his wife, though it was unintentional on her part. It was just what and who she was.

In many tales, it is said that those of her kind will die and then become reborn from their own ashes, ready to rise once again in glorious fire.

For her, she would die upon an altar, her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren around her and her husband standing over her. In her death, her children, some of whom were very sick, would gain some of her life force and heal from it. She had chosen this. She was old and if her death could have a purpose, then she would be grateful, even if it interfered with the original sequence of her kind’s death.

Her rebirth would happen not right away, but scattered throughout the lifetimes of her descendants. What she hadn’t foreseen was the outcome of that supposed one-time sacrifice. Every death thereafter would further seal her fate to what had once been her family but was now nothing more than her slavers.


Original concept for this particular story is actually a little old. I have some scenes for this story written down somewhere in another collection of shorts. When I saw the Reflections Traces Prompt for this last week, I thought of this story. It has no connection to my other long-standing story in Phoenix ‘Verse.

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About martha0stout

I like to read and write and hang out with my family and friends. I currently live on a farm and all that such a living entails.
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4 Responses to Different Phoenix, Different Ending – Reflections Traces Prompt #12

  1. Wow! Martha, thank you so much for this beautiful offering. I really like how this turned…there are so many possibilities for the future, leaving the reader with so much to think about. As you know, Dungeon started up again and so we are done my dear but we still have a Thursday prompt {wink} you are welcome to add to any of my ‘reflection’ posts though…I like how you think, kiddo:) Oliana xx

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    • martha0stout says:

      I know! I saw the new Dungeon Prompt and had to carefully set my laptop aside so I could be ecstatic without harming it.

      I love working off your reflections too, though, as it has been a while since I thought of this little universe in a couple years. I’m glad that you like it (it was quite the hook, wasn’t it?)

      (*hugs back*)

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