Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: The Voodoo Priestess


Having been down on my luck lately, Becky recommended me to head to New Orleans to see her friend, a fortune-teller-slash-voodoo-priestess. I’ve never been a big believer of such things but Becky swore by the priestess’s miracles. So I decided to take a day-trip to the French Quarter.

“Welcome child.” The priestess rejoiced cheerfully the moment I stepped into the shop.

“Um, my friend, Becky, recommended you to me.” Immediately, I halfheartedly wanted to bolt but instead, I stood there, imagining the miracles performed by this priestess. “She said you perform miracles?”

She tapped her chin, “Ah, Becky, lovely girl indeed and yes, child, I do perform miracles.” She gestured me to sit down. “Now, tell me, child, what  troubles have you encountered?” Before I could say anything, she exclaimed, “Oh my my my, your luck’s been down lately. I got just the thing to turn your luck around.”

She stood up, searched around the shop, and returned with a 3-by-3 square piece of paper. My jaw dropped, “That’s your idea, a game of tic-tac-toe?”

(~175 words)

I am participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer, where we write a piece between 100 and 150 words (more or less 25 words) in length inspired by the photo prompt above. 

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