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Superstitions – Friday Fictioneers


The huge monolith at the edge of the village became the epicenter of festivities overnight. Always ready to believe in the extraordinary, the villagers lapped up the story of a family of cobras taking residence in the holes of the rock. They lined up for miles, eager to offer the Nagadevathas* milk and eggs.

Chinna, the young boy who spread the story of the cobras, stood calmly. His elder brother stood behind him with a mixture of fear and disgust on his face. He and his gang had just lost access to the drugs they had stashed inside the rock.

*Nagadevathas – Hindu manifestation of cobra as a God.

Many thanks to our gracious host Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting yet another edition of Friday Fictioneers. This week’s picture credit goes to CEAyr. Find other entries to this week’s challenge here.

Word Count: 100


36 thoughts on “Superstitions – Friday Fictioneers

  1. The twist couldn’t have been any better. Just awesome!

    It takes courage to stand up to your loved ones and tell the older ones that they are making a mistake. And it takes time to prove that you are right. Chinna will have to wait to get his brother’s gratitude and approval. Til then, stay strong boy!


  2. A great piece of flash fiction, with the story taking you far beyond the final word. It’s also a beautiful allegory. Who would willingly plunge their arm into a hole that contained cobras? And yet, an addict would reach into a hole to pull out his ‘fix’, even though the fix is just as dangerous as the cobras. Well done, Varad!

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  3. Snakes? No thank you – do you really need to feed them? Don’t they eat anything they can sink their fangs into or squeeze the life out of? Glad the brothers drugs are gone! Good Story! You are very smart!

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