Lillian challenges us to write prosery today, which must include a line from Louise Gluck's "Faithful and Virtuous Night" The line is "Having read what I have just written, I now believe ..." My prosery is flash fiction, submitted to dVerse December 7, 2020.
A hand-carved box my grandfather gave me when I was a boy contained magic, he told me, but I must never open it. When in trouble, all I needed was wait until I saw the first star of night, rub the magic box saying “I believe” three times. Through the years the magic seemed to hold true. Sheepishly I admit to performing the ritual on the night before my bar exam. Reading what I have just written, I now believe in its magic, just as I always have. My son is 5 years old, and I’m giving him the magic box. But, before I pass it on, I’m compelled to see inside. Cautiously, I lift the latch and raise the lid. … to find the box empty! How wise my grandfather was. He knew the secret of achieving is believing you can. Smiling, I re-latched the box and headed for my son’s room.