#AtoZChallenge - Dear old Dad

"Cal.. My father passed away when I was a little girl. Can you bring him back to me?" Amy asked.

"Ohh Sugar. I do wish you'd have asked for diamonds. They're so much safer. I can't bring him back forever, but you can see him one more time. Close those pretty eyes."

Amy did as she was told, shutting her eyes, and squeezing them even tighter to keep from accidentally peeking as she felt a sudden dropping sensation in the pit of her belly. "Open your eyes, Sugar. You have until the hourglass empties. No touching, and please, don't hold it against me..."

Amy opened her eyes and found that the interior of the shop had dimmed and she could no longer hear the din of the Bazaar outside. Sitting on the table was an hourglass filled with blue glittering sand, pouring through at an alarming rate. She didn't have much time.

In front of her was an almost-skeleton wearing her father's favorite suit. Dry skin stretched taught over the skull left him looking emaciated, but it was definitely him. The little pin she'd stuck to his suit when he was buried was still attached and though his eye sockets were hollowed and empty they seemed to look at her kindly. "Ohh Daddy, I've missed you so much! I.. I have so much to tell you! Mom, is doing ok. She remarried, but oh I hope you don't mind. He's a nice man. And, I went to college, and now I'm traveling, to explore the world just like you always said I should. We're in India, Daddy. Did you ever go to India? ...You can't talk. Well. I just wanted to tell you I love you. And I miss you. And.. I.."

Amy broke down sobbing. The suited figure reached a hand toward her, and just as she glanced back up the timer ran out. He dropped into a pile of dust, and was gone. Cal appeared and handed her a silvery handkerchief.

"Well, Sugar. That's it. Sorry to duck out on you, but I really have to go. Places to be and all that. Thanks for letting me out to stretch my legs. And Sugar, I shouldn't be tellin' you this, but what you really need to be watching for is the man in white, ok? Bye now!" With a flounce of the feathers at his rump, Cal was gone.

Shocked at having just seen her father again, Amy was at a loss for what to do. 
She's Exhausted - she should sEEk rEfreshment.
Take a brEather before heading out into the bazaar - Examine more Eccentric objects.

Remember to comment below to let me know your choice for what she should do next! I will check the comments Sunday evening around 8pm Mountain Time to write Monday's post!

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  1. Anonymous7:37 AM

    This is WONDERFUL! Serials are always such good fun. She should seek refreshment, I think. (Is this the right way to vote? I didn't see any buttons).
    Come check my silly blog at https://datatater.wordpress.com, though how you will find the time, I do not know :)

  2. Yup, she should definitely sit a while and clarify her thought. Then seek a 'seer' to find out what's going on with Dad.

  3. Yep she'll need refreshment after all this excitement! :)

  4. Yay...I'm so glad the vote went for Dear Old Dad. I sense some personal memories here...I guess because I relate to some of the details...'the little pin'...I would recognize my Dad from a Bolo I made for him. In fact the whole conversation is spot on to what my own would have been. So little time in the hourglass. OMGosh AJ...this is creative writing at it's best....well done...keep it up. I'm enjoying this approach so much.

    My vote for E...Examine more Eccentric Objects...grab an imbibEment and an Éclair and keep going.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
    AtoZ 2015 Challenge
    Minion for AJ's wHooligans

  5. My vote is examine more eccentric objects. I can't wait to read what happens next.

  6. Well, she got what she asked for all right. Now I think she better examine those eccentric objects to find something to return Dad where he belongs.

  7. Take a break! She just saw her dad's skeleton. I'd need a minute!!

  8. Take a break! She just saw her dad's skeleton. I'd need a minute!!

  9. I love the way you keep surprising me. Even though I know what the direction is going to be from the comments, your execution of the story keeps me guessing.

    I'm always in favor of stopping for refreshments, so I'm going with that for my vote. :)

  10. I want to know who the man in white is and if its a good or bad thing that she should look for him! Too fun! Thanks, and glad you dropped by my blog and commented! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

  11. Take a breather and have a refreshment. Perhaps the man in white will make an appearance?

  12. That was macabre and touching at the same time. She needs a breather!

  13. Ooh that was exciting. Think she should take a breather and seek some refreshments. Can't wait for the man in white.

    Suzy at Someday Somewhere

  14. Take a breather, definitely...or at least, that's what she plans to do, but with more surprises in store! Can't wait to read the next one!

  15. Examine Objects gets my vote. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  16. Take a breather! This wasn't what she (or I) expected. Nice. Alana at ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  17. I like the idea of the called upon spirit looking like the corpse in the ground. It adds a new element to the scene to make it atypical. Especially since he can't talk! Great stuff. :)

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

  18. Brilliant … i think she needs to explore more and eat something .

  19. I knew it!!! I love the genie, but she is still a genie... :)
    I think she should take a breather.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

  20. I think she got a little more than she asked for, bless her! What a great mixture of humour and pathos


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