Every night in the summer when the moon stands bold on the podium, they gather around her. Children from neighbouring homes sit around her in front of the town hall. She looks at them and smiles. Everyone is eager to be fed with her old tales unsatisfied by yesterday’s tales.
One night at the end of her tale, she noticed an unusual silence. Hands didn’t go up. Instead each one walked up to her, embraced her and went home. It was an emotional night. The tale brought a change in the recalcitrant ones. It set a new path for them.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
2 months ago

Thompson, absolutely love this story- the setting, non description of story teller, the pacing, simple but meaningful sentences and the mystique. Wonderful use of drama and quiet suspense! You left me wondering why the villagers were so moved by one particular story?

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
2 months ago

By the way Thompson, I am reading your story at 4:50 am on the balcony of Negril, Jamaica surrounded by darkness, tree silhouettes on the beach and Hurricane Ian’s after power on the Caribbean Sea. So the mood and drama perfectly matches your wonderful story.

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

The tale she told must have been very inspiring or emotional, Thompson, to generate such a reaction from the audience. I love how you have set the scene, I imagined it perfectly. Well done!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

Wow. I agree with Margarida and Linda. I also love how you set the scene with the moonlight. I think that tale has delivered a great lesson to the listeners and is very inspiring and emotional. Great story and a perfect picture. Well done. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Thompson Emate
1 month ago

You’re most welcome, Thompson. I agree.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 month ago

Thompson, I particularly liked the line “Everyone is eager to be fed with her old tales unsatisfied by yesterday’s tales.”
Your story has me wondering what the tale could have been that she told that night that affected everyone so much. My first thought was that maybe it was her own life story, due to their reaction where they walked up to her and embraced her.
Very thought-provoking.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
Reply to  Thompson Emate
1 month ago

I see, that explains their reaction to it.

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