The Fortune Teller

“Give me your palm, and I will give you your fate.”

Grudgingly, I laid my palm on the table, flinching from the contact of her long fingers and pointed nails.

“Aaah. Your life will be long….
….but I see conflict in store for you.”

My eyes began to wander, and my brain tuned out her senseless babble.

A little girl passed by, the wonder clear in her expression and her mother’s battle to keep her going forward.

“Mommy, look!” she said, pointing, “There’s a lady dressed as a giant bug!”

A peel of laughter burst from my mouth, and the lady looked up from my palm, perplexed.

“You laugh at your future?,” she asked, apparently annoyed at my lack of respect for her mystical words.

“No,” I answered, “I laugh with it.”

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  • Anne van Alkemade
    Anne van Alkemadeover 6 years ago

    It raises questions about what you were doing there in the first place. But I enjoyed the child’s honest perception too. I love their take on things.

  • Natella2020
    Natella2020over 6 years ago

    Thanks Anne for your comment.

    Though this is completely fictitious, I wanted it to represent humanity’s desperate attempt to have someone figure out the future for them. It springs from fear of the unknown. But it took a child’s unexpected comment to help my character realize that the future is every next moment, and that she is living it.

  • xstephens
    xstephensover 6 years ago

    I really like the imagery in this and there is a raw honesty in the narration which really moves this story along. Very cool.

  • olawunmi
    olawunmiover 6 years ago

    Nice! Could just picture the scene where the innocence of a young mind brings humanity a look in the mirror. Also caught a paradox of our existence, how we want to live the future on our terms, which we feel we can decide as long as we possess the knowledge of tommorow. Saw your comments on my journal entry and wanted to know who Natella2020 was. JZK and AAWW.

  • Natella2020
    Natella2020over 6 years ago

    Alex, thanks so much. Your comment was really nice, are you sure you didnn’t just say that to make me feel good?

    Summayyah, Jazaki Allahu Khaiarn. Thank you so much for taking the time to look for me. Wa alaykum assalaam.

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresserabout 4 years ago

    Love this.

    “I see conflict in store for you.”

    Jeez how do they do it? Mysterious isn’t it!

  • Yes, very. Supposedly, ESP might have an explanation through quantum entanglement, but that’s still under study. :) Thanks for going back this far!

    – Natella2020

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