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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Magpie Tales 49 - before digital cameras were invented

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A Magpie Tale of Three Sisters


Smiley wanted to go ice skating. Her evil sister, Sneaky, agreed to go with her because she planned to push Smiley onto thin ice, where she would surely crash through into the deep lake and drown. Meanwhile, their little sister, Tiny, tried to figure out what she could possibly do to stop the much larger Sneaky from killing her beloved Smiley. Digital cameras would not be invented for a hundred years, so their father, who was taking their picture, wouldn’t know about the evil plan until the photo was developed and it was too late. Much too late because, by then, Sneaky had left town, leaving no forwarding address, and Tiny hadn’t stopped weeping long enough to tell him what she had suspected. There would be no justice; there would be no revenge.

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31 comments:

aka Penelope said...

SO creative, Kay! Isn’t it amazing how important the names are to the plot? I had a closer look at the photo and could see that you were very discerning. Funny thing is that most people have a Sneaky, Smiley and Tiny in their lives.:)

Martin H. said...

I don't know if I'm more sad for Smiley, or Tiny.

Brigid said...

Kay, this is right up my street. I really enjoyed this. Evil, conniving Sneaky, what became of her?
Fun Magpie.

Friko said...

There, that's better.

Everybody always has such sweet and kind magpies, full of poetry and lyricism and kind hearts; personally, I love a wicked tale.

In fact, if I hadn't thought of the three spinners, I might have invented something similar.

Excellent.

thingy said...

Wow! and LOL!

Kay said...

Now that I've read the story, I can certainly see that Sneaky look. Good thing I always keep my camera in my bag... my digital camera, that is.

little hat said...

Very funny. Clever take on the image. I believe you may have uncovered an uncomfortable truth in Tess's family history.

lightverse said...

Oooh! That was wicked fun! Now, I'm waiting for the sequel, to find out what happens next...

Helen said...

I'm the oldest of three sisters .. I want to be Smiley ... OK? Wait a minute, I am Smiley!

Marilyn said...

Ah, wonderful. I love it!

Martha Z said...

You have the perfect tale for this photo. I guess I should go see what others came up with.
The fountain I posted is a large and elaborate installation. In part your analysis is correct for this is where the water is collected to return it to the spraying part of the fountain.

Really Rainey said...

Hi Kay :o) I stopped by your blog to say hello and very quickly got caught up in your travels. I've been here for an hour and there is still so much more to catch up on! Its a really nice blog and you are so lucky to travel with your husband. I'm your newest follower, I'll be back soon!
Rainey
http://theprojecttable.blogspot.com

kkrige said...

Oh, very clever! haha, I see where you are coming from and you are quite right. The thoughts that were brewing that day! Taking another look on their faces I am now imagining a stink that smiley has released that sneaky is choking over & Tiny is just catching whiff of. I may have to go and re-write something...

Reflections said...

Clever piece filled with evil desires, sadness to fill days gone by... nice write!

The Reason You Come said...

She does look like she's planning something! Ooh, I wanna know what happens next!

Mr Puddy said...

My mom love this post Kay,
She love antique photo ! Pure Skill !

xxxx
Puddy and Mom Boom

Ebie said...

When I was in grade school, I read a story about Squeaky and Squeally, very close to Sneaky....

Your mind works wonders, very well written, Kay.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting post, I love this picture, it's so artistic!
Léia

SquirrelQueen said...

What a wickedly delicious tale, could be closer to the truth than imagined.

I love old photos like this one, they do tend to inspire the imagination.

Jinksy said...

Black hearts hidden like black ice? LOL

Niamh said...

poor tiny! and poor drowned smiley! This made me smile..hope thats not a bad omen!

Tess Kincaid said...

Oh, this is cute! We actually have a dentist named Smiley in my neck of the woods.

Hood Photo Blog said...

Thank you for stopping by to visit yesterday. I got such a great response from my Astoria, OR post with peoples memories of visiting the area, I have decided to continue the theme all week!

Hood Photo Blog

Jo said...

Oooh the suspense, Kay! Well done on the apt names. You had it off pat. You are a GREAT writer and I love visiting your blog. Thanks for your comments on my "blogging" post today. It was so good to see where your connection on the globe is. Imaging: Medicine Hat. My darling hubby says this town name has been used in many a Western paperback and movie. I love blogging because I meet other people who love their animals (and children/grands) like I do. Have a great day and hug Lindy for me. Blessings from Jo

Fran said...

Wonderful story! I work with young soldiers teaching them literacy. Is it okay with you, if I take this in to show them that creative story writing doesn't have to be pages and pages long? It is a great example of a short story that I think they would like. xxx

Jingle said...

you are playful.

maryt/theteach said...

Kay, thanks for commemting on my "My World Tuesday" house with Christmas decoration still on. You could have posted this post for my "Sepia Scenes" which I post every Wednesday/Thursday for people who like sepia. Go here to see. :)

Kristen Haskell said...

I love the names. What a creative story. Enjoyed every word of it!

Southwest Arkie said...

Devilishly sneaky indeed!
I like it!

Sue J said...

What intrigue! Love it.

girldaydreaming said...

O how fun! Well done...