Green River Hag – Friday Fictioneers

I’m fashionably late this week with my story. I hope you can still read it.

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who leads the Friday Fictioneers group each week with such grace and style. Rochelle also provided this week’s photo. Thank you, Rochelle!

The challenge is to write a 100-word story based on a photo. All are welcome to participate.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Genre: Fantasy (100 words)

Green River Hag

“Her skin glistens. T’was never green,” said Callum.

“You’re in love with a hag,” the barkeeper said, smacking Callum’s head.

“Am not.”

“Ya are!”

“She’s not a hag!

“Don’t see her again.”

Those who walked the river’s edge disappeared. The hag gashed at their ankles, dragging and drowning them in one breath.

Callum swelled with love and couldn’t stay away from her.

But his dreams tormented him for there he saw her with lizard-green skin, muddy ropes for hair, and inky craters for eyes, which swarmed with snakes that choked him as he slept.

One day, he wouldn’t wake up.

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66 thoughts on “Green River Hag – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Ah, Medusa! Oh, yes. Those snakes always remind me of Medusa too, but I didn’t think of her when I wrote this. Maybe eels or fishes could come out of her eyes, but then they don’t really choke so much. Crabs? They could pinch and that could work. A terrible love and one that doesn’t end well. Thanks, Bjorn.

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  1. The erotically dangerous water creature is one of my favourite characters in folk lore. As in your piece, it’s the young men who are normally at risk. Though, the Brazilian fresh water dolphin is believed by Amazonians to transform into a beautiful young man and impregnate village girls. A lovely piece

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    1. Me, too! There is something so entrancing about the the “erotically dangerous water creature.” I loved how you phrased that. I’ve never heard of the folk lore about the Brazilian fresh water dolphin. Sounds intriguing. Thanks so much for your comments, Neil.

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    1. Hags are fascinating creatures to me, Margaret. They can be shapeshifters and enter dreams, etc. at least according to the mythology. My story is kind of a mix of things. So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you!

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  2. Funny, how we see different things..I saw the white water hard bedded creek and the statue of a sailboat in the window and thought of quite different dreams…and being happy with what you had. 🙂

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