This week from the Ranch…
October 14, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that reveals or explores a moment of serendipity. How did it come about? What did it lead to? You can express a character’s view of the moment or on serendipity in general. Use the element of surprise or show how it is unexpected or accidentally good.
My life is really one serendipitous moment after another but if I think about serendipity, I can’t go beyond how my parents met. I’ve posted about that here! In case you missed it.
Actually you do wonder if this counts. A bomb exploded in central London during the working day. As a result my parents got together but what of the inevitable casualties, the loss of property? Can one couple’s good fortune mean you ignore other egregious effects?
In many cases of the luck involved in serendipity, someone, off stage might suffer. Not necessarily directly but they don’t get the chance afforded to the lottery winner. Is serendipity to be conditioned and if so how? Meeting one’s future spouse was serendipitous but what of the girlfriend left behind? Maybe that relationship was ending and all that happened was an acceleration but can we be sure?
Not much in life is purely Yin without the Yang. Lurking somewhere is the dark side of the moon and we shouldn’t be blind to it. When there are sliding doors, someone’s fingers might get trapped.
Charli mentioned that we have had serendipity as a prompt before. So I checked. It was my first ever attempt at one of Charli’s prompts. Here it is, if you’re interested. Charli’s first comment? ‘You pooped well’. Oddly I took that as a rather quaint Idahovian encouragement. And I’m still here.
And so to the flash this week, Mary and Rupert are taking their long postponed trip to Ireland to try and find Mary’s long lost twin. This previous flash may help you set the scene.
The luck of the Irish
Mary climbed into the cab, while Rupert went to the far side. She wondered if this whole trip to Dublin to try and find her twin was a mistake. At least being with Rupert had, so far, been easy. Fun even. Though leaving Charlotte and Penny hurt.
‘So what are you two planning?’ The cabbie sounded cheerful. ‘Bit of romance?’
Mary snorted a laugh and Rupert joined in. She said, ‘We’re siblings. Looking for a long lost relative.’
‘Yes. Katherine Potts.’
The cabbie laughed. ‘Never. My aunt is Kate Potts. She’s English. Adopted…’
Mary shook her head. ‘Coincidence…’
And here’s the whole back story of Mary, her family and their daily tribulations