Muni-Muni the Shadows on the Sun


Muni-Muni the Shadows on the Sun

“If shadows had eyes to see,” she said, twining her fingers around the strings of a puppet making his bells jingle. “And if puppets could turn their heads without the puppet master’s manipulation, then yes, I’d still see you but would you see me? Or would your painted eyes be blinded by the sun?”

She turned the jester’s head to regard her. A gleam in his glass eye made her lift him with loving hands up to her ear so he could impart the secret that curved his carven lips.

You are the sun, he whispered, the radiance that turns all the world into dancing shadows. His limp hand pointed to the shop window. Outside pedestrians passed like shadows on the sun rising in the chasm between office towers. They’re all puppets waiting for their puppeteer to pull their strings. 

Smiling, she set her jester back on his shelf next to a dozen other puppets and tossed a half-full prescription bottle into the trash. She didn’t need those pills anymore. She knew who and what what she was–the puppet master and the world was full of puppets whose strings waited for her hands to tweak them.

Thank you @a_sea_of_words for the perfect opening line. It begged for a story. Check out Sea Words’ tweets  for more beautiful lines.  You’re sure to be inspired.

Thank you Maria of Doodles and Scribbles and Rosema of A Reading Writer for Word High July #FilipinoWords #Prompt.

Got a great line begging for a tale? Drop it into the comments below or tweet it to @MelindaKucsera and you could be featured in the future.

23 thoughts on “Muni-Muni the Shadows on the Sun

  1. Oh my gosh I love this short story and poem!! We are all puppets in the world – the puppet masters are our authorities and higher-ups. The sense that we are controlled and have no free will is kind of scary! We all see each other, but we don’t take notice of others because humans are so self-centred.

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  2. Another awesome tale that goes perfectly with that poem! We’ll never get tired of your stories, Mel. YOU make us crave for more!😀 And I love it even more that you’re incorporating pieces from fellow writers. YAY! Hmm… I wonder if I’m allowed to submit one? Hehe

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    1. Sure! Anyone can submit an idea, first line, poem–whatever that you want me to “write into the gap.” I can write anything. Everything inspires me. It would air in august. Thank you!


  3. I have two thoughts. First, I am creeped out one of my fav lines from Grey’s maybe ruined
    Cristina: “Your the Sun Meredith. Derrick is not the sun, you are.”

    And then the jester says, she’s the sun and she throws out her meds and I think, “Um, you really need those.”

    Well done Melinda. Very unique take🙂

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