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by on November 15, 2012

So, this was written for Trifecta’s very special Anniversary challenge, which worked a bit different than the usual. The first part was the following 33-word prompt.


Charts and optimal dates and preferential temperatures. One line or two. As if she could summon whatever it is that makes up the human soul as easily as she could a cab on a busy New York avenue.


The second part was contributed by another Trifectan; in my case I wound up following on from a post left in the challenge’s comments by Ruby Manchanda, who continued the story as follows.


Charts and optimal dates and preferential temperatures. One line or two. As if she could summon whatever it is that makes up the human soul as easily as she could a cab on a busy New York avenue.

Anger pulsed through every fiber of her being. Three times her seed been thwarted from blossoming; the flower nipped in bud.

Ludhiana. Amritsar. New York. Nothing had changed.

It was a girl the words left his lips, and stayed with her, forever ringing. Next time maybe came the consolation, and his X chromosomes consummated with hers again. The routine never wavered. Neither in pattern nor in words.

Three months was all she would get. And then, one word of doctor would bring her world crashing down.

Only not this time, she vowed. And a mother was born in that instant.


Whereupon it fell to me to continue…which I did. Quirkily. As usual. Enjoy!


If she couldn’t summon up the human soul, she knew someone who could. She was a librarian, after all, and she’d researched fairy tales and discovered a lot of them had surprising truth. So, fired by her new determination, she hunted up a wooden puppet she’d once made in shop class and marched out to find the Blue Fairy. Unfortunately, what she found was the Yellow Fairy. The Yellow Fairy, a bit tousled after a late-night fairy party, misfired the magic spell. What resulted wasn’t a living wooden girl, but three stainless steel triplet girls. Oops.


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  1. Wow. Bet that’s not all a librarian and a Yellow Fairy can do! Congratulations (and just under the wire)!!

  2. Yellow fairy always messes everything up.

  3. I think you linked this with, like, a minute to spare? Nice work! The idea of steel triplet girls is really creepy and interesting. (The idea of triplets is creepy enough on its own. Ha!) Thanks so much for linking up and helping us celebrate our first year.

    • I may use the steel triplets more often. It’s certainly an intriguing idea. 🙂

  4. Well, triplets are good right. And stainless steel is very durable. I’m calling this a happy ending. Very nice work!

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