This is a behind the scenes extra for EPIPHANY, so I recommend reading that microfiction story first, as some of this may have spoilers.
Magical Realism Twitter bot: “There is a 15th century Icelandic prophecy that you will be swallowed by a peanut.”
Prophecies are fun because there are many ways they can play out.
Since a specific time and place were given in the prompt, I did a bit of Googling for names and customs and came across aquavit. If alcohol was involved in this prophecy, was it really a prophecy after all? What if there was no way to tell, other than to wait for the prophecy to come true? How long would you wait?
By making that wait a very, very, very long time, there was now room to play with what the ‘peanut’ turned out to be. Could be a mutated plant, but making it an alien was more fun. Now for a protagonist. If I kept to the prompt, Mr. Protag will be eaten … which isn’t a nice feeling for him or the reader.
How to make that death meaningful … for him? No. For his family.
The microfiction has an alien and takes place on a planet that is not Earth. Sounds like science fiction to me.
The more I go the Magical Realism Twitter bot for writing prompts, the more I love it.
Thanks for reading,