K.L. Caley’s #WRITEPHOTO – Crab.

This is part of K.L.Caley’s #WRITEPHOTO – Crab.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a rather fearsome little crab with pretty big claws, making her way along some white stones

Crab – Image by KL Caley.

Right thought Morgarna stubbing out her cigarette and finishing her wine…what next.
As she watched a pattern emerged, the shadows were circling the people and only seemed to be picking on the weak , age seemed to have nothing to do this selection. It was not random either there was method to this madness.
Well sitting here in the sun, nice as it was would not find any answers.
Morgarna picked up her bag and left the pub garden. The street outside was strangely quiet, no one around but she could hear a strange buzzing coming from up the hill, so she followed it.
Rooting in her bag Morgarna got her mobile out and flicking a switch on the side it opened an app that guided her toward the hum.
Turning a corner by Boots the chemist she suddenly found herself back in traffic and crowds of people. Looking around Morgana could see the shadows where moving around in the crowds, whispering in an ear here and touching a shoulder there . Scanning the area she could see they were everywhere in the cars, shops and they seemed totally in control.
Suddenly Morgarna’s phone rang, it could only be one of two people, Morgause or Merlin and it could only be important. It was Merlin , “Hi babes how’s it going?” Morgarna stepped into a shop doorway and said “Not so good Merls it’s pretty bad here, there’s shadows controling the place and they are killing people”
“I thought there was a problem you’ve been gone so long.” Merlin replied, he could hear the concern in her voice.
“I am sending Morgause to help you she jumped about five minutes ago.” Merlin continued.
Morgarna lit a cigarette and asked where she could find her sister.
Merlin said, “I am sending you an app that will take you straight to her “


Morgarna followed the new app and it took her to an aquarium just off the main street. It was dark inside but really quite an inviting place. The tanks were full of really beautiful fish and coral.
Looking around Morgana wondered where Morgause was. Suddenly Morgarna heard a tapping she swung around and followed the her ears toward the sound. There in a large aquarium were several types of crabs. Morgarna approached and peered in. There, staring at her and, in truth looking a tad discombobulated was a rather fearsome little crab with pretty big claws, making her way along some white stones her claws making a rhymic tapping sound!
Morgarna laughed….”Morgause is that you Hun? “

Welcome to the weekly #writephoto prompt!

They say the journey, not the arrival is what matters. To travel hopefully rather than to arrive.
Where does the bridge go to/come from?

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a two-arched stone bridge stretching over a river. Traffic queues at one side waiting to cross. What will Morgarna find?

Bridge – Image by KL Caley

As Morgarna landed she took in the scene. She was perched up the hill looking down toward a riverside village and stone bridge. The place looked quiet and the weather was nice.
Taking her phone from her bag she was pleased to see it was working, it was, she was five years into the future. Next she looked at her notes.
Making her way down the hill she lit a cigarette and decided to find the nearest pub.
Crossing the bridge Morgarna noticed everyone was smiling and behaving perfectly. Even the children were extremely well behaved.
Definitely something amiss here, she thought to herself…what are these people on? have I landed in Stepford!
Morgana entered the first pub she came to, it was packed inside and out. Looking around she noticed everyone was indeed happy…delerious even.
At the bar she ordered a large Shiraz and went out into the garden.
After a while she could see that among “The Smiley Happy People” she could make out some really dark shadowy figures moving around touching and whispering in people’s ears.
Two approached Morgarna one put a willowy hand on her shoulder while the other whispered in her ear. “You are happy, you are so happy everything is perfect you are calm and all is well”
As Morgarna felt the first feelings of control sink into her she discretely threw a protective spell around herself. All she had to do now was bite her tongue, smile a lot, act daft and find out who was messing with the village.
“Are you happy Morgarna, are you relaxed?” the shadows asked. Morgana smiled and rolled her eyes “Yes I am indeed I am , I think I have another glass of Shiraz.”
On her way back to the bar Morgarna noticed one of the shadows had a young woman in it arms while another was reaching in to her chest and pulling out her heart. Her friends were unmoved by this scary spectacle.
Quickly Morgarna totally ignored what was happening and returned to her table in the garden to drink her Shiraz ….she smiled and lit another cigarette and pretend she was happy and unmoved! Inside she was extremely uncomfortable, she could not help the young woman now but if she kept her calm she could help those left.

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THIS IS PART OF K.L. Caley’s #writephoto.

K.L. Caley’s #WRITEPHOTO – ISLAND.

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For visually challenged writersthe image shows a circular island with a single tree and a collection of birds surrounding it.

Island – Image by KL Caley.

“Well where have you been Morgarna” asked Morgause wide eyed and grinning.
“Ah! I couldn’t possibly confirm or deny” replied Morgarna with a wink , “All I will say is Westminster and Partay! On Jonno”
“Seriously Morgarna where have you been” shouted Merlin from the kitchen.
Seriously Merls I just told you I can neither confirm or deny!”
Merlin was just about to probe more when his laptop beeped.
“Right Morgs you up for this one?” he said.
“Why me?” Morgarna hissed. “I’ve only just got back”
“Precisely” replied Morgause, “we have been covering for you since before Christmas”
“But I’ve been busy sorting …”
Merlin held up his hand, “Apparently ” he said handing her a print out, “you can neither confirm or deny what you’ve been doing!”
Two hours later Morgarna was sitting on the bank of a beautiful and peaceful lake with a small island with a tree in the middle. Well, she thought to herself there are worse places to wait for the Anomaly.
As she waited for her ride she mused on the view. Lighting a cigarette Morgarna wrote what was in her mind.Just then ever bird on the island took off , the Anomaly arrived. Morgarna sighed and stubbed out her cigarette, as she took her leap and was gone ……the piece of paper she had written on fell to earth.

crystal like mirror.
which is true which reflection
is this really life
or am I forever caught
imaged in the web of time.

THIS IS PART OF K.L.#writephoto.

#WRITEPHOTO – THE RETREAT

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For visually challenged writersthe image shows a beautifully lit retreat with large windows overlooking a little pond and a decking area. Twinkling lights surround the pond.

The Retreat – Image by KL Caley.

Dinner over, Morgana sat on the sofa cigarette in one had and a Bacardi and coke in the other T.V. on , her eyes were feeling rather heavy, all that screen work she thought to herself as she drifted off.
Morgause relieved her of her drink and cigarette and covered her with the fleecy blanket she had taken out of the toy box and slipped a hot water bottle next to her to keep her cosy. Merlin looked up from the floor where he was surrounded by wrapping paper and asked. “Oh! is Morgs a tad tired give her a shove I fancy a game of charades.”
“No” relied Morgause “she’s exhausted, she had to work really hard sorting that frozen virus it took her ages” Stepping away from her sleeping sister she took a drag of the cigarette, this made her cough “goodness knows what she sees in these things” she said throwing it into the fire, she then took a large swig of the Bacardi, “That’s better” she said sitting down next to Merlin, “let’s play”.


Morgana was fast be asleep as Morgause and Merlin played charades. She was exhausted but her brain was not relaxed enough to sleep peacefully so she drifted into a dream.
She found herself standing on some decking by a pond surrounded by twinkling fairy lights. It was winter and a tad chilly, so she made her way towards what looked like a cosy lodge type building.

Inside it was warm and cosy. Morgarna curled herself up in a huge armchair by the fire. A handsome waiter asked if he could get her anything. She asked him for a hot chocolateand Brandy.

a warm cosy fire
chocolate to kill the chill
and warm the spirit.

Now Morgana fell into a deep sleep, content and happy. In her mind she was in a cosy retreat safe from any jobs Merlin might have up his sleeve or any tricks her mischievous sister might be about to play on her. This was bliss the perfect place to rest.


“Get off me ” Someone was shaking Morgana she opened her eyes expecting to see the cosy surroundings she had fallen asleep in. Instead Merlin and Morgause were looking at her.
“Come on sleepyhead you’ve had a couple of hours kip. We’re off to the pub for a lock in and you’re coming too.” Merlin smiled, “You can’t sleep all Christmas!”
“Are we going in your car” asked Margarna sleepily. “No we are not” replied Merlin “I’ve only just got it fixed after you trashed it for me!”
Reluctantly Morgana dragged her mind back to the reality she was living in at the moment, put on some lippy, lit a cigarette and said, “okay let’s get this party started! “

THIS IS PART OF K.L.CALEY’S #WRITEPHOTO.

K.L. Caley’s #writephoto Toybox.

It was as cold inside the building as it was outside but it was so dark. Morgarna and Morgause followed the wall along a passage, finally they saw a door ajar on their right with was a light flooding out.
As they reached the door they felt warmth and heard voices. The voices were two young men sitting infront of a bank of four computer screens.
“Well guys what have you done? ” asked Morgause as they crept up behind them!
The lads spun round looking really scared.
“How have you two managed to freeze time?” Asked Morgarna.
Both lads looked sheepish, “We didn’t mean to it just sort of happened.”


“Luckily for you Morgarna here here knows all about these computer thingies…. Unlike me with my head still stuck in the dark ages!”
The two lads looked at eachother then at the two sisters and said ” Go on then have the driving seat…we are shot!”
Morgarna slipped on her *Mi Mu Gloves and became one with the machine.


After about an hour Morgarna found the nasty little virus hidden in the software. “Gotcha” she muttered. “Hey Morgause it’s the work of D’eath you know that time traveling miscreant. I killed him, down in Sussex a couple of months ago, real time that is, and this little time stoper obviously hid a virus which has been sitting here waiting for a chance to freeze time.
Her words were met with silence…. Morgause and the boys had been at the wacky bacci and the emptied the bottle of she’d bought with her for sustainence!


Outside things were fast moving in the right direction time was moving again the seasons changed and soon everything was back to normal.
Carrying Morgause and their winter coats Morgarna was muttering expletives as she looked for the Anomaly. The two guys were asking them to stay but Morgarna needed a drink …a large one!
There was the Anomaly…. They jumped


As they landed in the lab, they came face to face with a beautiful toy box, very designer, full of blankets, ice lolly molds, a jar of hot chocolate and a cuddly teddy.
“Oh! Well” the girls said as one, as they gazed at the Christmas tree and decorations. “It’s the toy chest” they both squealed together!
“Yes” shouted Merlin from the kitchen where he was knee deep in turkey and sprouts, “Merry Christmas”

Toybox – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a traditional toy box filled with teddies, blankets, hot water bottles and a jar of hot chocolate. Yummy!

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*Mi Mu Gloves.

THIS IS PART OF K.L.#writephoto

#WRITEPHOTO – THE FROZEN LAKE and SNOWY PEAKS.

This is part of K.L.Caley’s #writephoto The Frozen Lake.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a frozen lake with birds standing on the ice. At a defrosted section a group of birds gather.

A frozen lake with birds standing on the ice.
The Frozen Lake – Image by KL Caley

“OMG!” Morgause screamed “this is bloody freezing, what the f##k is going on. I’m wet, Morgarna where are you?”
“I am over here Sis out on the ice, the sexy looking seagull !” Morgarna shouted back.
Silence….. Morgause looked around and noticed for the first time that she was covered in white feathers! “What is going on , am I a swan? Morgarna what’s happening?”
“Yes Sis occasionally we shape shift and we never get any warning….it can be a pain! It usually helps us do whatever we are here for. Don’t complain about being a swan you’ve got lots of down to keep you warm…I am a chilly gull with spindly legs!” Morgarna shifted from foot to foot.
“Mummm! Hisssed Morgause I see what you mean …I think I suit these white feathers .”
Morgarna took a sharp intake of breath and took off to do a reccy.

“Do you see the problem here” Morgarna asked Morgause as she joined her high above the lake in the cold winter sky. The graceful swan and the soaring gull.
“Not really Sis, this is the perfect winter scene isn’t it?” Morgause replied.
“Yes indeed Sis if it were not for the fact we are the only creatures moving, nothing down there is stirring, not a bird, not an animal, not even a blade of grass. Infact everything is frozen.” Morgarna looked at Morgause.

The two sisters surveyed the frozen earth below and in the distance snowy peaks covered in snow and everything was still, no movement no life nothing.


“Do you think it’s a spell ” Morgause asked Morgarna as they circled above the frozen landscape. Morgarna shook her head …”I really am not sure Sis, it’s just so odd……time has frozen “
Then they spotted a building heavily camouflaged to blend in with the snow.
As they landed by the building they both morphed from Swan and Seagull into their human selves and they were relieved to find they were well dressed for the weather.


The two witches approached the building, their boots scrunching on the snow. The held their breath as the opened the door!

Hills surrounded by snow with the odd peice of long grass poking through here or there.
Snowy Peaks – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows hills surrounded by snow with the odd piece of long grass poking through here or there.

Also part of K.L.Caley’s#writephoto Snowy Peaks.


K.L.CALEY’S #writephoto : Deer at the castle

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a red male deer light and white female deer light in front of a lit castle, surrounded by darkness.

Deer lights in front of a lit castle.
Deer at the Castle – Image by KL Caley

“Woa! What on earth are these doing here” Morgarna asked Morgause.They had landed just down from Camalot and were startled to find a string of fairy lights and two decorative deer the type found in 21st century shopping malls certainly not in the court of King Arthur.
“Don’t look at me like that Sis it’s nothing to do with me, I hold my hands up to the iPhone but not this!” Morgause said with a self-righteous pout!
Morgarna looked her sister in the eye and a blue light passed between them , “okay I believe you ” Morgarna said.
Just then the Anomaly appeared, “Quick Sis help me get these decorations through the anomaly Merlin can deal with them!”
The two of them heaved the decorative reindeer and string of lights into the anomaly.
Of a sudden the things looked more like Arthurian England than seconds before.
Morgarna and Morgause made their way towards the castle…in the dark.


As they entered the great hall the two sisters felt a huge feeling of homecoming wash over them both. The bustle the warmth and the familiar faces, they both disguised themselves to be accepted yet invisible.

“You see if any of the servants saw the decorations and I check this drunken lot up here stuffing their faces! ” Morgause said picking up a goblet of wine and heading for the top table. “Will do” replied Morgarna as she took an empty wooden platter and headed towards the kitchen.
Hours later while the castle slept Morgarna and Morgause stood in the dell and looked up to their former home. The place they had lived their original life before they had become immortal and their travels and adventures had begun.
“I still miss these times even after all we have experienced this is home” Morgarna said to her sister. Who nodded in agreement… Then fell flat on her bottom!
“What happened there Morga, too much wine” giggled Morgarna.
” I tripped on this stone, hang on it’s not a stone it’s a Christmas decoration …. With a note attached “
“What does it say” Morgarna asked.
Morgause rolled her eyes , “it says Merlin was here”
“Well sis that solves the mystery of the battery operated flashing reindeer in Camelot”
Just then the Anomaly arrived, “Jump” shouted Morgarna “and bring the note and bauble with you!”
They girls both landed back at the lab amidst a host of Christmas finery and Merlin holding out two large drink to them !

Image from Pintest

THIS IS PART OF K.L.CALEYS #writephoto.

#WRITEPHOTO – STAMPS.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a colourful collection of used stamps from various envelopes and postages

A colourful collection of used stamps from various envelopes and postages.
Stamps – Image by KL Caley.

“Hey Merlin, babes, what are these, thingy…err stamps doing in the lab. ” Morgarna called out, “Are they important or are they for the bin?”
“No they are not for the bin Morgarna, don’t touch them” a startled Merlin called back. ” I thought I’d start a collection of them especially the rare ones”
Morgarna laughed and winked at her sister and replied. ” But they are almost obsolete babes”
Merlin strode into the Lab from the kitchen, “what better time to have a rare collection when they are a rarity? “
“These are not worth much babes ” Morgause mimicked her sister.
“No those are not but they will be, plus I thought we could pick up the rare ones on our travels” replied Merlin “we could make a killing really” Merlin smiled and poured himself a coffee.
“By “We” he means me and you Morga if you hang around long enough”
Morgause thought about this and said , ” Merls might just be on to something here … Some of these stamps are worth a fortune, especially first editions, those with mistakes and some that they made a few of. When were the first stamps made. “
Merlin picked up his phone and asked it, “Google when where the first adhesive stamps made” Google replied “In May 1840 the world’s first adhesive postage stamps were distributed. With an elegant engraving of the young Queen Victoria (whose 21st birthday was celebrated that month), the Penny Black was an instant success.”
Merlin then asked who had the idea. Google replied *”Sir Rowland Hill, KCB, FRS” “Well ladies we have a plan, we could make a fortune out of this! Who’s doing the first jump?”
Morgarna and Morgause lifted their Bacardi’s and coke and as one said “You! Babes you”

*First Stamps Wiki.

THIS IS PART K.L.CALEYS #writephoto to.

K.L Caley’s #writephoto: Shopping.

As the sun rose Morgarna had a good idea, from what Mother Stone had told her, what was possibly happening. So as the first glorious rays of dawn spread across the open landscape, of the as now untouched by the worst ravages of man and what is laughingly called civilization.
Morgarna reached across and ran her hand across Mother Stone’s surface and whispered, “Please don’t worry my friend who ever this is, I will find them and retrieve the object, but don’t worry whatever it is it is useless with out power or Google…..Don’t worry Mother by the time you wake again all will be sorted and I will be gone. Until we next meet ” Morgarna ran her hand across the stone and felt the knowledge of millennia wash through her.


As the settlement came into view Morgarna removed all her modern jewelry and from her leather bag she put on her celtic pieces.
No one took much notice of her as she had decided to cast a spell over herself to make her blend in and look familiar to everyone.
Making a few enquiries she discovered that the healer in the village was a woman, her name was Morgause.


It took all Morgarna’s composure to hide her surprise! but hide it she did.
So it was after a day of trading herbs and trinkets that Morgarna found herself knocking on Morgause’s door.


The two women looked at eachother across the threshold. One as dark as night the other as pale as day.
Morgarna broke the silence…. “Well hello *sister”

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“So what’s your game Sis” Morgarna snapped.
Morgause replied in Gaelic, but Morgarna was having none of that! “Cut the crap Hun it’s me not some sniveling peasant!” What have you brought here and why?”
“Me Sis, really” Morgause fained innocence. Morgarna lifted her hand and Morgause flew across the room and hit the wall.
“That’s not very sisterly Morgarna, you’ve still got a temper I see” said Morgause .
Morgarna raised her hand again and Morgause spat out, “it’s an iPhone 15.and it out of power now so there’s no harm!” Morgarna took a deep breath and and replied, ” but there is and you know it” Morgarna snapped. “So where is it now, you do realise it’s contaminating the time lines and Mother Stone is not sleeping soundly? “


Later, after retrieving the iPhone from an old Oak in the woods behind the hut. Morgarna and Morgause stood in a glade waiting for the Anomaly to arrive.
As it did Morgarna embraced her sister bade her fairwell and took the leap. Morgause laughed and took one too.

Merlin was in the soap and shampoo aisle minding his own business! Morgana had left him a list and suggested he made a start on the Christmas shopping. Suddenly with a woosh and a scream Morgarna and Morgause landed in the trolley with a bang! “Merl babe, how are you hanging” screeched Morgause.

Well they visited the drinks and snacks aisle next, and this is how they left it.

*Morgause was the eldest daughter of Vivienne – who was also the mother of Morgana, thus making Morgause and Morgana maternal half-sisters. She was a skilled warrior, a powerful sorceress and a High Priestess of the Old Religion.

THIS IS PART OF K.L.Caley’s #writephoto.

K.L.Caley’s #WRITEPHOTO – SLOW DOWN & STONES.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows an area of plants with a sign showing 5MPH.

An area of plants with a sign showing 5MPH.
Slow Down – Image by KL Caley

“This is the spot” Morgana said to herself, and rather pleasant rather pleasant it is too. The blue flowers, the old fence and trees hiding the five mile an hour road sign.
Looking at her phone she could see she only had a few minutes to wait. Running her hand down her green velvet robe with hand embroidered Gailic design on the bodice she smiled, she loved the thought of going way back in time to when magic and soucery reined supreme.
What could go wrong she smiled throwing her leather bag of herbs over shoulder, quickly checking the laces on her Doc Martin boots she looked out for the Anomaly.
Merlin was watching his screen, he could see Morgarna standing in the flowers waiting for the Anomaly.
“Are you okay Hun” , he asked , Morgarna, who turned and smiled at the screen, “are you seriously saying you care?” Merlin laughed “maybe baby” he replied.
Just then the Anomaly arrived.
Merlin watched Morgarna jump. Then he went to the kitchen to get himself a cup of coffee. …..

For visually challenged writersthe image shows some stones located in the grassland which is surrounded by hills.

Some stones are located in the grassland which is surrounded by hills.
Stones – Image by KL Caley.

“Oh! Wow I love it here ” Morgarna and it is dusk. My favourite time of day” Delving into bag she pulled out her red velvet cloak and wrapped it around herself.


As it got darker Morgana sat by the stones and waited for them to talk to her. Feeling totally relaxed she watched the stars roll across the night sky. She was totally at one with the sky the earth and the stones.
It was around midnight when the stones began to speak.
“Morgarna we have missed you you are so rarely here.”
“I know mother stone, it pains me to be far from you but you know it is my destiny to travel” Morgarna looked at the stones and smiled. “Why have you summoned me here mother ” There was a silence as mother stone thought and then she spoke, “Someone from the future has travelled here and defied the the ancient laws by bringing things from another era here long before it’s time. They are trying to corrupt my innocent people Morgarna, can you and Merlin help?”


This is part of K.L.Caley’s #writephoto

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