Alastairs Photo Fiction – The nature of things

The photo prompt for Alastair’s Photo Fiction follows. To take part and challenge your writing skills, click on the link, you won’t regret it.


Photo by Alastair Forbes copyright 2013


“Light and dark, good and bad, up and down!” She inhaled the misty clouds blowing out ringed circles as she had seen humans doing with their cigarettes. “Why always the extremes in life, dad?”

He thought about sending her back in time to review the beginning of existence. But upon reflection decided she was just emoting to break through his reverie. She knew why there were extremes.

“Well, no philosophy lecture today my child, just the natural order of things which reminds me, are your “things” in order for today?”

She flipped herself (the ethereal one shaped now as a human) doing cart wheels in the clouds. “Oh yes indeed! I am ready. Things are going to start happening now!” Her dark chuckle a sound on the wind, dissipating quickly.

He sighed causing the clouds to change form around him. His exhaled breath creating movement, although he was also, without physical substance or form. Her exuberance would be tolerated, it was after all her nature. “The subjects are prepared then?”

“Yes, most particularly the female!” Her reply a sneer. “The scary dreams I’ve been sending her are awesome”.

“Why her?” He asked? Although he knew.

“She just really irritates me. How could she encourage him to dismiss my beautifully ominous clouds the other day and right after pointing them out?”

“But you thought it funny at the time, child,” He reminded her.

“Well I don’t now,” *Yin replied.

“If you must then”, *Yang sighed again. “Just remember, balance must at some point be achieved, it is the nature of things.”

She stuck her tongue out at him, while nodding her head in agreement!



*Yin and Yang in Chinese culture, represent the two opposite principles in nature. Yin represents the feminine or negative nature of things and yang stands for the masculine or positive side. Yin and yang are in pairs, such as, female and male, dark and bright, passive and active, etc. But yin and yang are not static or just two separated things. The nature of yinyang lies in interchange and interplay of the two components. The most important element is that yin and yang rely on one another so balance of life is maintained.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed the story (yes it was a continuation fromΒ Alastairs prompt last week!) Stay balanced in life – as you can!

~ Penny


31 thoughts on “Alastairs Photo Fiction – The nature of things

  1. Now that is what I call a different take on the photo prompt and yet, there’s light and dark in the photo, so perhaps it’s not such a different take. Clever, very clever, Penny πŸ˜‰

    • Hi Robyn, thank you. You and I both know one of the keys to life is about balance (huge in fact). Had a little fun with the story. Much love to you, Do have an excellent week most dearest of friends. xo

  2. I like that you’ve taken a complete different tact with this piece. Giving force the ability to reason and have emotion. Hmmm…I do believe I read last weeks…but I didn’t realized it was an addition…now I shall have to go back …

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