Happy St. Patrick's Day! To celebrate I am participating in Colene Murphy's first Blogfest. You can find Colene at The Journey. From there hop around to all the bloggers who are participating and read their contributions.
Colene's instructions were simple. "Write a 200ish word flash fiction entry about something to do with SPD (real, fantasy, whatever makes your pig squeal). OR, you could also write about a memory you have of a past SPD. In the end, we aren't being picky. Just make it goooood and make it about St. Patrick's Day! (Leprechauns, luck, gold, green, clovers, beer, celebrations, etc. Funny, touching, horrifying, dark, fast-paced, romantic, etc.)"
Without further ado, here is my story.
Patty and the Magic Pig
Long ago there was an island that was a kaleidoscope of color.
One day a man name Patty appeared. With him was a magic pig. When the people saw this pig they were amazed, for it was a color they had never seen before.
Whatever the pig touched turned that strange new color. The people loved it so much they asked Patty to have his pig walk among their plants. Soon all the land was bathed in the bright new color. But with each step of her foot, each snuffle of her snout, the color seeped out of the pig until all that was left was a small patch on her right rear leg.
A little girl came to Patty and begged him, “Please, our yard dying and my mother is ill but a little new color will make her well.”
The pig settled down among the dying plants and the last of the color seeped out of her skin. When she rose, lo! there were four bright new green leaves on the plant. The mother, upon seeing it, was instantly cured.
And that’s why Ireland is green and why a four leafed clover is good luck.