In the Blink of an Eye

Mar 22, 2022 | Fiction

“It can all change in the blink of an eye.” Marianne sighed, waving around the quaint little village square at the new shops. Global brand names, like Kettle & Crock, or La Belle Epoque, carrying Chinese-made goods, had begun to elbow out the colorful little local merchants and their local crafts, giving the landlord more than they’d asked for in rents.

“That’s progress, Marianne. Everything changes, in time.” Alex had an eye on one of the lots overlooking the sea, and grand designs of his own to build a boutique hotel with breathtaking views on all sides. Marianne had her misgivings; the new hotel would block a lovely view of the cliffs from the ancient cottages across the street. Surely the community would not be so welcoming as the overseas landowners and their agents.

“I suppose so,” she answered, trying ineffectually to hide her doubts.

A woman, made of wind-weathered marble and brass, stood in the center of the square, silently willing Marianne to speak, for she could not. Her name, forgotten a thousand years ago, was Rhodos. She knew well how quickly things could change; she had seen nations come and go. As long as she had the sun on her face and the stars to gaze upon at night, she was content to serve as a sort of sundial for the little town. But the buildings men spoke of where they thought she could not hear them would tower over her like Colossus, blotting out the light, robbing her of the stars, making of themselves the only thing her eyes could drink in. She would not have it. She would will herself to crumble and fall away to dust and rust, as only stone and brass could do.

The one thing she could not do, the one thing she longed to do, was to effect change of her own. She had tried that, once; now, her lips were sealed. Her tongue, immobile. Oh, yes! It could all change in the blink of an eye. But Rhodos, Poseidon’s daughter, frozen in marble and brass, was cursed with an inability to blink.

This story is brought to you by Fiction Monday Ninetieth Edition ~ Reflections ~ Vinitha Dileep and the word, “blink.”

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle, illustrated by Jordan Vinyard; A Puppy, Not a Guppy, illustrated by Ryan Shaw; and the newest release: A New Leaf for Lyle, illustrated by Carrie Salazar. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young-at-heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.


  1. Sunita Saldhana

    Wow! How do you think of all these stories. I always wait impatiently for the next one.

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Thank you, Sunita! They’re short, but fun to write. And I have no idea how I come up with them. If I knew, I could repeat the trick on command, don’t you think?

  2. Mitchell Allen

    You are a machine. A wonderfully, weird creative factory of vignettes. You seem to have an affinity for statues. 🙂

    Keep ’em coming!


    Mitchell Allen recently posted…Monopoly: House RulesMy Profile

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Hahahaha…maybe I empathize with them. I’ve been called “statuesque.”

  3. Anne Skyvington

    I love this, Holly. There’s such a sadness hidden behind the statue’s thoughts. I completely agree with her about progress.

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Thank you, Anne! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Vinitha

    Wow! This is brilliant, Holly. It’s sad and intense. Thank you for sharing, Holly. 🙂
    Vinitha recently posted…Fiction Monday – 91My Profile

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Thank you, Vinitha! And for the inspiration – thank you for that, too.


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