“Katya!!”

She was about to unlock the mysterious door, when Denis’s quivering voice stopped her. She whirled around to see a bedazzled look ripple across his face.

“Flowers …” Katya dropped the key and ran to Denis. He had picked a few pink blooms, a lover’s bouquet. Their intoxicating perfume had pulled him into a kind of drowsy stupor. “For my darling wife!”  He bowed dizzily and handed her the iridescent blossoms.

Katya was overcome by the soporific fragrance. Hand in hand, they stumbled toward home, forgetting all about the strange, round forest door. The old man watched, then stealthily followed.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Juma, you are at it again! Another teasing mystery. What are we to make out of this one…..Flowers…..is it the flowers the old man is after? – ha, ha. And I know someone here, who will be reading this thinking….Flowers for Katya, what has Denis been up to? I can imagine someone in the family asking you….Mum, where are you off to? And don’t answer us in a riddle!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago
Reply to  Juma

Mmm! That is another puzzle Juma, who is this old friend, do I know him? Well my young friend…..I said that to make you feel guilty!

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Juma, I love this follow-up on your previous story! Now I am even more curious. Who is the old man? Was he the one stopping them from going through the door? Why? This is very captivating!

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago
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I look forward to reading more!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

Ah Juma, a fantastic follow up. I’m presuming the old man wants to stop them from going through the door. Is he perhaps Denis from the future. So much mystery and such fun to see the story progressing.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
7 months ago

Oh my, the mystery deepens Juma and you keep me gripped! I am now really invested in these two characters and can’t wait for the next installment!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

This is a very captivating, interesting, and mysterious story. I am still wondering about the old man.

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock (@daisy-blacklock)
6 months ago

I love this story, especially the final paragraph.

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