When Anushka was cursed to only repeat what others said, her only hope of escaping the curse was the only person who seemed to remember the curse.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
Music: “Exploration Mystical Place (Loop 1)” by Albert Fernandez
This new story joins two others I’ve written about girls who are cursed, out of spite, or by accident, by ill-tempered magic-casters. These girls go on their individual quests to find some way to break their curses. In this new story, the theme continues. Anushka’s fifth birthday is going well and happily, until a card in a green envelope is opened, releasing a “gift” that robs her of her own name and her own words.
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. Music: “Exploration Mystical Place (loop 1)” by Albert Fernandez. Digital drawing. At center, two little girls. The girl at left stands a head taller, with her right hand on her hip and her left arm around the other girl’s shoulder. She wears a skirt, a quarter-sleeve pullover, a band around her left wrist, and a barrette in her hair. The girl at right holds a book open in her right hand, and touches a page with her left. Sparkles surround the book. She wears a dress with a pleated skirt. The girls smile and gaze at each other. Behind them are lines of script with random letters bordered by a lightning pattern. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy” are displayed in front of the image. At top is the title. The title card and title fade. Lines from the story appear at top: “’I give you the fortune of repetition,’ an unfamiliar voice said. ‘You will speak no other words but what is spoken to you. You will be an echo of others, with no name of your own. I grant you one mercy. Only those who truly know you will know your true name.’” The title reappears at bottom as the last line fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]
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