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365 Days of Writing Prompts: Day 14

January 14, 2016

Ripped from the headlines

Head to your favorite online news source. Pick an article
with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story
based on the article.


On Either Side of the Rainbow

“What’s that?”

“It’s a divining rod.”

“What ya gonna do with it?”

“I am searching for rainbows.”


“For an expert you sure do ask a lot of questions. You sound like an apprentice.”

“Sorry, I’ve just never seen anyone use a divining rod to find rainbows. Why not just follow the storms like the rest of us?”

“Because, chasing chaos to find beauty is not really my thing. Don’t you ever wonder what’s on the other side of a rainbow? Surely it’s not chaos.”

“I never gave it a thought. Besides, it’s not our job to see what’s on the other side.”

“Might not be your job, but I am making it mine.”

“So you think using a divining rod will prevent you from seeing the chaos and lead you to beauty instead?”


“Okay, good luck with that. There’s a storm coming so I have to go.”

When his mate left, Harlow followed the pull of the divining rod until he discovered a rainbow left over from the previous night’s storm. He stood at the end of the rainbow and wept at its beauty. He placed a hand upon the colorful array and breathed a sigh. And with that, he was sucked into the rainbow and traversed a long windy spiral that plopped him out onto the other side. To his surprise the entire world was colorless. He couldn’t believe his eyes. And then he spotted a man holding a divining rod like him.

“Sir? what are you searching for?”

“Beauty,” the man replied.

“Why is it so dull and colorless here?”

“Your world stole all the colors and we need them back.”

And then Harlow understood it all. Chaos back home leeched the color from this world to give beauty to his. Now he wished he’d never crossed over to the other side of the rainbow. He would never view the beauty of a rainbow the same again.


The article that prompted this can be found here

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