Queen of months, supremely fair,
Cloth'd with garments rich and rare,
None in beauty can compare
With thee, sweet May ...
— Peter Burn (from "Ode to May")
Yes, it is sweet May, and we Quills are ready with more flash fiction for you.
I got to choose the picture-prompt this time around. Take a look:
This photo is from the incredible works of Russian Photographer, Margarita Kareva. For me, it conjures all sorts of thoughts beginning with, "Are you mad?!" The bear looks gentle enough and all, but in truth, I would not trust it. (Go ahead, call me "chicken." I can take it.)
I am anxious to see what my fellow Quills have come up with, but first, here's my story, which came in under my self-imposed 1000-word limit (at 986, including the title, to be precise). For fun, I chose to use the old-fashioned, "Once Upon a Time," opening. Here goes!
Is It Really You?