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I am Ally Baba
I am Ally Baba

Ally screamed with delight when she saw me walk in. She dropped everything, ran for me, jumped in my arms and nearly knocked the wind out of me. “You’re getting too big to do this Ally!” She giggled. We both knew this wasn’t the last time…

I dropped my backpack by the closet. She yanked my hand and pulled me up the stairs “Come see my room, I’ve got the coolest thing!” As we ran up the stairs I could hear my sister yelling for me from the kitchen. Ally giggled and showed me the shush sign, she pushed me in her room and slammed the door.

I turned around and oddly enough I was alone in the room. “Allyyyy?” The door opened, she walked in with a towel wrapped around her head. “I am Ally Baba,” she said with a comical accent “sit on my magic carpet my child. Sit, sit, hurry, we are wasting much time. Much time indeed is being wasted.” Her left eye twitched. She pointed down “Now!” Twitch-twitch.

I sat down and she forced my legs into an indian position “Do the motus pose,” she said and I stifled a giggle. She sat in front of me, facing me with the same pose. “I will take you to many places,” twitch “close your eyes and make a wish.” I asked her what kind of wish she wanted and she answered with a twitch as her fingers slid down my eyelids.

I secretly peeked and watched her as she neatly tucked her towel back into place. She rubbed her temples and started to chant. I closed my eyes and wished for warmth. I wished her carpet had been blessed with some form of magical alchemy that could keep her forever young. I wished she were my daughter. “Pick one wish my child, Ally Baba can make but one wish. Keep the last one, forget the others.” I opened my eyes and in shocked amazement I watched her eye twitch.

trifectaTrifecta Week 72
ALCHEMY (noun):
3: an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.

NOTE: I wanted to play on the fact she called it a motus pose and called herself Ally Baba (like her name) when it is in fact Ali Baba. Kind of like if she could correct her aunt “No, not Ali… it’s Ally!” although the pronounciation is the same, it’s just a spelling thing. But I clocked in at precisely 333 words…


Til Death Do Us Part – A Personal Ad

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This is a wickedly delicious writing prompt from our creative friends at Trifecta WritingDeath : the destroyer of life represented usually as a skeleton with a scythe.

Actually, I was inspired by Linda Vernon’s take on the prompt where I saw a potential office romance spin-off, oh you have to go read her post… Then I wondered, how does Death find a date? If he’s a modern man, he’ll find true love on the internet.

Roller Derby: A 3-Word Story

Robert Frost one said, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  We want you to do the same.  Sum up anything you want, but do it in three words.  Your response should mirror Frost’s quote by beginning, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about–.”


At the age of 45 (I still shudder when I see that digit) I started playing roller derby. Not only did I start derby, but I also sailed to Mexico with my husband for 8 months, lived off the hook as they say and started paddleboarding. Yesterday I coached the Jr Derby Dolls for the first time. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about this past year: never too old.

This is a really cool Trifecta Writing Challenge. The rules are outlined in the first part. My contribution is in the second part. My joy is in the challenge. And the roller derby. But that goes without saying…