August 23, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes magic. It can be a supernatural force, a moment or idea, or use it as a verb. Go where the prompt leads. You can join in Charli’s flash fiction challenge here: https://carrotranch.com/2018/08/24/august-23-flash-fiction-challenge/

When I was a little girl I used to spend a lot of time with my aunt. My mother and I moved to South Africa after my father died to start a new life. My mother’s sister offered to look after me during the day while my mother worked. I don’t remember much about this time in my life, although I am immensely fond of my aunt, but I know I used to play with my cousin.

The flash fiction below is based on a real event that occurred during this period in my life:

“What happened to her?” Rose asked, horrified at the red spots and broken capillaries that covered her pretty daughter’s face.

“We had to rush her to the hospital and have her stomach pumped,” said her sister.

“She was playing with Sean in the garden and they found a patch of toadstools hidden in the corner under a bush. Sean said she ate one. She wanted to grow big like Alice. She thought they were magic mushrooms.”

“Oh, my goodness, I thought I was doing a good thing when I read Alice in Wonderland to her. More context next time.”