Resurrection in Turquoise

It’s been several weeks since I’ve had time to participate in Friday Fictioneers, but Rochelle knows the best way to get me back again–by using one of my photos as the prompt. If you’re new to this weekly challenge, the rules are simple: Writers from all over the globe are invited to compose a 100-word story based on the week’s photo prompt. Click here to read and play along.

My story this week is almost entirely autobiographical, but that’s all I’ll say on the topic for now.

Copyright Marie Gail Stratford

Copyright Marie Gail Stratford

Resurrection in Turquoise

Thirty years later, she remembers the pale green of hospital walls and her own small legs encased in plaster. Her dreams are haunted. Too often, she wakes with a start.

Thirty-five years later she takes a deep breath, submerges her face in the pale green water of an indoor pool. Three measured strokes, another breath. Three more strokes. A breath. The panic fades.

Forty years later, she sits in her office, glances at the blue-green logo on her business card. In her favorite color, she recognizes a bluer version of hospital green. She’s lived to see the resurrection of the turquoise butterfly.

44 thoughts on “Resurrection in Turquoise

  1. Dear Marie Gail,

    I love the way you used color in this. Healing comes one step at a time and in this case it’s colored pale green. Your second paragraph strikes a chord with me for a significant part of my healing came in the water. Very well done.



  2. gahlearner says:

    That’s beautiful. You win, turquoise butterfly!

  3. micklively says:

    Forty years in one hundred words is a good strike rate. It fits together so well.

  4. Sandra says:

    I really liked the use of colour in this. And there’s a tranquility about the way the story moves forward.

    • storydivamg says:

      Thank you, Sandra. I imagine tranquility is what the hospital decorators were shooting for when they painted every crevice of those places “hospital green” in the late sixties and early seventies. It certainly took me a long time to see that though. Even today, the act of sticking my face in the water of a chlorine-green swimming pool is a bit stressful. It takes the act of swimming and breathing and breathing and swimming to help me calm down.

      All my best,
      Marie Gail

  5. Dale says:

    Lovely flow…

  6. ansumani says:

    Nicely done with colors.

  7. […] without much time to read either, but I welcome your thoughts if you have time. The photo is from Marie Gail Stratford, whose writings are well-worth a read […]

  8. elmowrites says:

    Beautiful weaving of colour with history, MG. Glad you’re back and thanks for the photo.

  9. I think you have a title of a book here .. 50 shades of Turquoise… Love how you weaved a resurrection here..

  10. EagleAye says:

    I love the way color was a significant element in the narrative. It added depth and texture to the story. Nicely done!

  11. That’s beautiful, Marie Gail. I like how you used the recurring green and the time progression. Very effective.

  12. Marie Gail, so glad Rochelle dragged you back. A powerful, poignant piece (and a tongue twister!), about healing. I seem to remember a similar story, that hinted at this history. So glad you’re digging at the scab in a productive, healing way. Welcome back! xox

  13. draliman says:

    As others have already said, I liked your use of the blues and greens through this life story. That sounds like a long time to full recovery.

  14. Sumana Roy says:

    love the colors and flow…nicely done…

  15. This was very interesting and mysterious. What is the turquoise butterfly?

  16. rgayer55 says:

    I’ve always thought of that one shade as melon green. To me, it’s devoid of emotion. I stare at it and it just sits there. I liked the recounting of the years and the thought of memories triggered by color.

  17. Thanks for the photo prompt and for sharing your story. I’m partial to hospital green myself. 🙂

  18. ceayr says:

    Strong piece, cleverly done.

  19. Beautiful story of healing and resurrection.

  20. I do like the turquoise butterfly.

  21. Great use of color to tie your story together, Marie Gail. I’m glad to hear you’ve healed over the years. Thanks for the lovely picture that’s leading to so many good stories. 🙂 — Suzanne

  22. Margaret says:

    Wonderful use of colour, and I love how you count off the years with each new stage in the healing. Lovely.

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