The Mangoes Were Ripe

mango tree, tree house
(c) 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

She lived in a mango tree.

She’d been here for over a century. Sometimes she still missed her apple tree on the small island. Yet only when the tree blossomed and the buzzers’ inelegant wings annoyed her would she wish for her magic. Losing it had been the price for her escape; she hardly found herself summoning a spell that wouldn’t work these days.

When the Englishmen with whom she’d arrived left, she wondered if she ought to return, too. She’d left home for a reason. There was no guarantee she’d have her magic back. And the mangoes were ripe.

She still lives in the mango tree.


I’m feeling rather uninspired lately, so to kickstart ideas for today’s MFtS, I sort of used the Story A Day prompt, as well.

17 thoughts on “The Mangoes Were Ripe

  1. How sad she had to leave her magic behind – it feels like a big loss in her life. And much as I like a mango, I’d rather live in an apple tree. A Cox’s Orange if you’re offering.
    Lovely story, Sonya- has a scent of magic and wistfulness about it 🙂

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    1. Lynn! Bottom corner of pg 5 of the current issue of mslexia!! Woohoo!!! Funnily enough, I’ve been thinking of applying to be a mslexia guest blogger myself.
      So is that the blogging gig you mentioned a few weeks ago?

      And thank you. I seem to be rather faerie-minded recently… I think on balance, I’d prefer an apple tree myself but I’d go on holiday in a mango tree 🙂

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      1. Ah, thank you! I was very chuffed when I heard about it – my first professional gig! Being the eager beaver I am, I submitted this a few days ago, though I didn’t think it was going to go online yet. I can’t open up the full post though – can you?
        Yes, that was the guest blogger job I mentioned and no one was more surprised than me to get it! I just sent a pitch as per the guidelines and heard back a few weeks later. I highly recommend you give it a go. They’ve been lovely – very supportive.
        Nothing wrong with being a bit faerie. And yes – a mango tree holiday home sounds like a fantastic idea 🙂


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