butterfly girl/armless statute

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She was the butterfly girl. In every season, butterflies would land on her out stretched hands, her skirt, her shoulder. She wore a bracelet of tiny coloured bells; she tinkled when she waved.

Waved? Are you mad – she’s a statute made to look bronze. She’s phony. You rescued a garden ornament, broken by winter’s snow.

A snow she didn’t stay whole in, but I had enjoyed her so for 8 years. I picked up the broken pieces, placed her arms lovingly in her lap. Put two of her butterflies on my shelf.

They took her away this summer. One minute she was still there, broken but ever smiling. Then gone, trashed, garbage dump. But she lives on in stories based on her picture.

Written to add to the photo prompt Priceless Joy used in Challenge 69 of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.

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6 thoughts on “butterfly girl/armless statute

  1. Dizzy Chick June 15, 2016 / 9:48 am

    She was beautiful. It is a shame to see her go. Butterflies or disguised fairies? Were they mischievous? I’m glad you saved 2, who knows how they may speak to you.

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    • taleweavering June 15, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      I tried taking a picture or two of them, but it will have to be tried again. Butterflies, I’m pretty sure.

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  2. Priceless Joy June 14, 2016 / 8:55 am

    What a beautiful statue! I love how the butterflies sit on her hand as she sits among the flowers!

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    • taleweavering June 15, 2016 / 1:05 am

      It was a such a shame when the flowers were weed wacked by a landscaping outfit, and most didn’t make. I’ll glad you enjoyed the photo. I did save two complete butterflies — rest were broken or missing.

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      • Priceless Joy June 15, 2016 / 6:42 am

        How sad that they weed whacked the beautiful flowers! That is nice that you saved some of the butterflies!

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