Friday, April 30, 2021

AtoZ Challenge - Z is for Zingiber officinale

For the AtoZ Challenge, I will post an episode of flash fiction featuring an herb for the letter of the day for the month of April. The episodes are glimpses of a larger story. To read from the beginning:  ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWX, Y.

The shiners loaded the last group of unconscious people onto the electric cart and followed Sybil and Holly to the hidden lift. It was Holly’s idea to let them wake up in the forest. They needed to be motivated to heal and return to their true selves.

    As she left the last chamber, she glanced at a few figures still connected to the simulator.

    “What about them?” she asked Sybil.

    “I gave them a choice, they chose to stay. I will provide nutrients for them as long as their natural life extends.”

    “And the controllers?” Holly asked.

    “Will finally get to control whoever they want. I’m installing them into a simulation of a penal colony. They will now have the criminal population they tried to create here.”

    Palettes lined the edge of the forest and bodies of all ages and shapes rested peacefully on them. Their wounds were dressed and healing as were their minds.

    Sybil and Holly taught the others how to harvest and prepare fresh meals. The community was so large they formed smaller groups and claimed shifts and levels. 

    Holly was serving bundles of greens and jugs of tea when Sybil arrived with two large baskets of dirty roots. She let them bang on the tabletop then smeared muddy hands down her front. 

    “Time to make some ginger chews,” Sybil said. “Zingiber officinale. Cramps, frostbite, indigestion, headaches, and nausea.” 

    “And which one are we about to suffer from?” Holly asked in jest.

    “Motion sickness,” Sybil replied. “Time to learn the meaning of turbulence, you are all going for a ride, or really a long fall, hence the nausea.”


I cannot say "thank you" enough to show how grateful I am for all of you visiting my blog and following my story. The comments you have shared, your ideas, and your feedback have been priceless! I am super excited to have my first published story released next week, but truly it has been this experience that makes me feel like an author!


  1. Yay!! :)
    I really enjoyed your theme and your posts, and I loved following the story. I don't usually stay with continuous A to Z stories, but this one just drew me right in :) Thank you!

    The Multicolored Diary

  2. Congratulations on the story, and congratulations on this series. I loved your theme and was totally caught up in the tale. And double the delight because everything is better with herbs. :-)

  3. Oh, how clever to finish with ginger's latin name. I missed a few episodes, I must catch up, but I enjoyed what I read :)
    Well done with this year's AtoZ

  4. I love happy ending. The whole was a marvelous story.
    Congrats on reaching the finish line in this April's challenge.

  5. Congratulations on getting to the end of the challenge! Enjoyed reading the story, and well done on getting a story published too.

  6. It is so good to hear from all of you! Thank you again!

  7. Congratulations on finishing .... we use ginger very extensively in our cooking ....Ginger tea, ginger chutney and a lot of other ginger stuff... it has a lot of medicinal properties, that's correct

  8. This has been such a great theme, so creatively transformed into a compelling story. And I do love ginger! =)
    Congratulations on having a story published, and Congratulations on completing the challenge!
    Black and White: Z for Zerzura

  9. Congratulations! What a wonderful story also.

  10. Hari Om
    Here it is.... I thought somehow I'd missed the last post!!! (Blogger reader page somhow doesn't always bring things in a timely fashion.)
    Congrats on completion! YAM xx

  11. I think I'll go back to read it from the beginning, sounds like an interesting tale based on the end. Congrats on getting to Z :)