Five Card Story: The Loose Brick

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a Five Card Flickr story by Lost Mime created Jan 15 2010, 04:45:01 pm. Create a new one!


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As I strolled the streets of Rothenberg I was looking for the circus tent that was supposedly housing the great celebration of Imbolc. Rumors had it that people, animals, elves, dwarves, and all the rest would descend for the week long celebration, bringing wares to sell, games to play, fireworks to explode, and energy to light up the midwinter night. I strolled by the town's Glockenspiel and decided I needed to talk to an old friend who was an amateur clock builder. He was wise in the way of mechanical gears, creating mechanism after mechanism that pulled, pushed, circled or did whatever it was you expected for the job at hand. I looked at the gears of the clock and wondered if in fact there wasn't some magic involved, but as the clock builder showed me each step, I realized that although there was no magic seemingly present, the coordination of the metal pieces was beautifully magical. I looked at the pieces on the outside of the clock and saw the old woman patiently waiting, as all the other pieces moved through their acrobatics, tumbling, dancing, spinning, flying and laughter, she didn't move until the end, and all that happened was that she smiled and pulled on a brick that seemed to be loose in the wall she had previously been gardening besides. The floweres were unfortunately not blooming, the leaves were noticeably absent from the midwinter day until she moved the brick and let the sun shine through the wall reflected off a Christmas tree and its ornaments onto her small plot of land. It was an ephemeral effect, but it happened none the less, a piece of sun with more energy than most beams of the sun splashed upon the leaves and for that one instant the garden showed it's true colors, and the brilliance of summer filled not only the old woman's heart, but that of everyone watching the crazy old clock at the town square.

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