A Brush of Wings

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As a child, Rhea gravitated towards uncommon objects. She wasn’t sure why but it may have been the result of her father giving her a dead owl to play with. When her mother saw, her dad caught hell for giving a toddler a dead bird.
Now older, she never outgrew her fascination with the peculiar. One evening as she was walking to her favorite pub The Lamb and Flag, she spied a shop never seen before. A placard above the door read ‘Oddities’. But, what stopped her cold was a small wing shaped sign -‘If You are a Dreamer, Come In.’
She stepped into the candlelit shop. As she closed the door, soft feathered wings brushed against her face as an owl landed on her shoulder. Staring into her eyes, Rhea knew this was the place she had been searching for all her life.

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Prosery Meet Me Where The Sidewalk Ends

Author’s Note: Although most of this is fiction, my dad really did give me a dead owl to play with when I was just a toddler. My mother was furious.

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years and their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

23 Comments on “A Brush of Wings

  1. Yes, I can imagine your mom was furious. Diseases and germs and stuff. Not to mention, DEATH. Very strange thing to do, actually. What were you to make of that? Did you think it was a stuffed animal or did you realize it was dead? How old were you? Still, the shop sounded great. I love the idea of the dreamer entering.

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  2. I love the closure in this for Rhea. So beautifully done.
    The title is so soft, so comforting, magical….and then to see why in the story: wonderful.
    I especially like the idea that the words are written on a wing shaped sign…..as if to say, step inside and let your dreams take flight.
    I really enjoyed this response to the prompt!

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  3. I like the way the story circles back to the owl….but the owl she deserved, alive, thriving and perhaps there to inspire her.

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