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The Junonia Shell

Everything comes with a heavy price because all that glitters is not gold

By Dharrsheena Raja SegarranPublished 12 months ago Updated 11 days ago 4 min read
Top Story - March 2023
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“Coral, where are you going? I’ll tell Mom and Dad you left me alone!” shouted Lily as she watched her teenage sister walk away from where they were building sandcastles.

“God, Lily, I’m just going to stretch my legs for a bit! I’ll be back before you know it”, Coral assured her nine-year-old sister.

Coral had an obsession with seashells so their parents would bring her and Lily to the beach every Sunday evening.

Leaving the sisters at the beach, they would spend their evening at their friend’s house not too far away from there. They would always be back for their daughters before nightfall.

Coral was frustrated because most of the seashells she found today were broken. She kept walking, hoping to find more.

She must have walked further than she had ever before because she reached the mouth of a cave.

She turned around to see how far she had walked. Surprisingly, Lily was still visible. Coral was wondering how come she had never noticed this cave before.

Curiosity got the better of her as she walked towards the cave entrance. As she was about to enter, she spotted something gleaming on the sand.

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She picked it up and it was the most beautiful seashell she had ever seen. Despite being partially buried in the sand, the seashell seemed polished.

She examined it much closer. The more she looked at it, the more magnificent it seemed.

She recognized the shell as a Junonia. It felt like she was holding a piece of treasure because Junonias are extremely rare.

“Hello”, said a female voice.

Coral quickly turned around but there was no one behind her. She only saw Lily doing the finishing touches to the sandcastle and it wasn’t her voice.

“Helloooo”, cooed the female voice again. The voice was so musical.

She looked at the seashell in her hand. Had she lost her mind or did the seashell actually speak to her?

“Did you speak to me?” she asked the seashell, feeling dumb.

“Yes, I did, my dear” answered the seashell softly. Alarmed, Coral dropped the seashell.

“Careful, my dear, I’m fragile. My name is Antaura and I can grant your wish” said the seashell.

Picking up the seashell gently, Coral asked, “Are you saying that you’re a Genie?”

“No, I won’t call myself a Genie. We have our similarities and differences. For example, we’re similar because we can grant a person’s wish. A Genie can grant any general wish whereas I can only grant sea-related wishes”

“Whoa, that’s so cool! I love everything that has to do with the sea!” Coral exclaimed.

“I know, hence I chose you. So, what do you want to wish for? Oh and unlike with the Genie, to make a wish with me, you have to start with, ‘Antaura, please show me…’ and continue to state your wish”.

“I’ve always wanted to see mermaids. Are they real?” Coral asked.

“Of course they are!”

“I’ve never been so excited in my life! Lily is going to be so jealous. Antaura, please show me the mermaids!” Coral wished.

“As you wish, Coral!” said the seashell as Coral saw lights of varying brightness and heard sounds of varying volume at the same time.

It stopped as soon as it started. Now Coral couldn’t see or hear anything.

She thought she was dead; she felt like she was in another dimension. Her eyes then began to adjust to the darkness and she could make out some shapes and figures. She was underwater!

She realized she was still holding the seashell in her hand. She heard giggles and looked up.

In front of her, she saw the most beautiful mermaid. Then another emerged from behind her, playfully tugging her hair.

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Coral couldn’t believe it. She was interacting with mermaids!

Suddenly, Coral realized that although the seashell said it could bring her to see the mermaids, it didn’t make sure she could breathe underwater. She desperately needed to breathe.

“Antaura, please show me the seashore!” Coral wished. Only bubbles came out of her mouth. Nevertheless, the seashell understood her.

“Oh didn’t I tell you? Unlike the three wishes you get with the Genie, you only get one wish with me!”

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Dharrsheena Raja Segarran

My mental health decline brought about a lot of darkness and I embraced it. It now flows out mostly as Dark Stories and Poetry.

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  • Denise E Lindquist2 months ago

    Oops! Be careful what you wish for as you may get it!😉❤️

  • Heather N King10 months ago

    Your vivid descriptions made the story come alive in my imagination. Thank you for sharing such an enthralling piece of horror fiction.

  • Donna Fox (HKB)10 months ago

    Dharrsheena! This was amazing, thrilling, engaging, captivating and shocking! I knew something bad was going to happen but I had no idea what! So well written and thought out! I loved this story! I'll be thinking about it for a few days! 💜 This was incredible and inspiring!

  • L.C. Schäfer10 months ago

    I knew something horrible was going to happen! But I thought it was going to happen to the little sister 😮 Shock twist: the mermaids feast on human flesh, and the shell belongs to them. It's how they lure humans to their doooooooom 😁

  • Andrei Z.10 months ago

    Cruel. But that's why one should first read a contract before signing it. Nice story!

  • Hannah Moore11 months ago

    Nice ending.

  • Congratulations on your Top Story✨🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Ashley Lima12 months ago

    Loved the ending. Great work 👏

  • Colt Henderson12 months ago

    Good twist.

  • johncy rani12 months ago

    nice

  • Roy Stevens12 months ago

    "Are you saying that you’re a Genie?” This is a funny line delivered with solid timing. Your end twist works very well in this story. Liked it!

  • Rachel M.J12 months ago

    Oooooh it was so sweet that that ending really took me by surprise! Well done

  • Chloe Gilholy12 months ago

    I thought this was great didn’t expect the ending twist at the end.

  • Fabulous job!

  • C. Rommial Butler12 months ago

    An enjoyable flash fiction piece! Would make a great story for an episode of a show like The Twilight Zone! Loved this!

  • JBaz12 months ago

    Never trust a free wish. In so few words yet an entire story was told. Great work and great story

  • I love the way the initial description of the similarities and differences between genies and Anataura ends up being a major plot twist.

  • I love the genie angle with this. Another great story!

  • Good story ❤️💯 Something about mermaids 🧜‍♀️ ✨🎉😉

  • Canuck Scriber12 months ago

    Wonderful as always!

  • Adamu Salisu12 months ago

    Good and wonderful write up.

  • Kristen Balyeat12 months ago

    Woah, brilliant!! Congrats on well deserved top story! Loved it- the end was chilling!

  • Nikki Clam12 months ago

    "The Junonia Shell" is a hauntingly beautiful tale that transports readers into a world of magic and mystery. The author masterfully weaves together themes of loss, grief, and acceptance, all while building a captivating and otherworldly setting. The use of vivid descriptions and evocative imagery creates a sense of immersion that is sure to leave readers spellbound. Overall, "The Junonia Shell" is a must-read for fans of horror and fantasy alike.

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