Black Swan

Peregrine Arc’s bi-weekly challenge. The premise is about a swan that turns into a Fairy Prince. I have taken extreme liberties with this premise.For the full prompt please go to the following url: https://peregrinearc.com/2019/06/08/june-writing-prompt-the-swan-prince/

I waited patiently for his arrival, the pond’s currents carrying him lazily towards the bench where I was seated. I closed my eyes and sensed the change that was about to happen. I listened to the rhythm of the pond’s waves lapping, I breathed in the heady scent of flowers, I felt the sun’s rays trying to penetrate the shade of the Weeping Willow and my awareness expanded to sense all life around me.

The swan floated to the edge of the pond directly before the bench, and began his transformation. Within seconds the swan had morphed into a human male, standing naked before me. Human except for the wings attached to his shoulders. I reached into the bag and threw him pants, shirt and sandals.

” Cover yourself up” I commanded ” Before you scare any passers by.”

He caught the clothes in mid-air and proceeded to dress.

” I answered your summons” he said ” You have been away for 80 years and now you return. Why? “

I replied ” Thanks for heeding my summons. I sense great changes for mankind. A new dark age is coming and I need you to prepare the other swans to adopt human form and assist the human race once again”.

” So we are to be….. what do they call us? Angels. We have to become Angels once again.” He smiled quizzically at me.

“Yes. You have to become Angels and walk among the human race and spread hope and courage. Do not let them give in to rage and despair. Though I suspect many will.” I rose from the bench and peered at the sky. It was time

I undressed, folded my clothes and put them in the bag sitting on the bench. I stepped into the pond, morphed into my swan guise and swam away. I swam past a boy and his father sailing a toy boat and heard the boy cry, ” Look daddy a black swan. I’ve never seen one before”.

It was then that a violent burst of electromagnetic energy from the sun swept the earth disabling all satellites and blowing out all electrical transformers in the power grid. The planet was plunged into chaos.

The theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. (Wikipedia)

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