She wasn’t really superstitious. Or maybe she was, just never admitted.

The kind of person that follows the Spanish saying “Yo no creo en Brujas, pero que las hay, las hay”. Like she didn’t believe in ghosts, but would not put her feet on a cemetery at night.

She graduated on Economic studies and worked for a financial institution.

She hated the job.

One day, in spite of her family not supporting her, in spite of her husband’s angst of a lower household income, in spite of her eternal fear of needles, she quits her job and signs up in medical school.

Her very first class was on a lab with a skeleton so they could study the human body’s bone system.

That skeleton reminded her of the image in the Death card of her grandma’s tarot deck.

She smiled. The death card means the end of a phase and subsequent rebirth. That was it! She was going to be a doctor!

The skeleton smiled back. Pero que las hay, las hay!


This post was written in response to the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, with photo prompt from pixabay, depicting a skeleton on a lab.


The tarot card image I use above is also a public domain image, taken from Wikipedia.

“Yo no creo en brujas, pero que las hay las hay”, translates as “I don’t believe in witches, but they do exist”. 😉

17 thoughts on “Rebirth

  1. Great take on the prompt Etol. How exciting she is going to be a doctor. We always need more good doctors. What I loved about your story was that the sign of the skeleton in the classroom was a good thing. Rebirth not death. Great writing!

  2. Great story Etol! Great that she could decide on her on future just by seeing the skeleton hanging in the room! Please include the photo prompt with your story. Are you going to link up your story to the InLinkz board?

    • Yep. Sorry. I scheduled for today last evening, because I still wanted to add the picture and didn’t have time last night, but then today I had to take my daughter to the doctor and ended up getting to the office only after 3:00 (it’s 4:00 for me now). Doing it right now.

      • Thanks! She’s getting better. I think it was reaction to a anti-fungal medicine, so this morning we didn’t give her the medicine and she seems to be getting much better. Doctor asked for blood work and all numbers came back fine, which is good news. Just need to figure out how to treat her toe nail fungus with something else… 😉

    • Thanks. If we translate “pero que las hay, las hay” word by word it would be something like “but that they exist, they exist”. 😉

      • Yep. Something like that. I don’t think she was afraid of it, just that, although she wasn’t superstitious, she still saw the skeleton as a sign and felt as if it was smiling at her, sort of confirming that her choice was right.

  3. She definitely has the right outlook there. Hopefully she’s right in seeing the skeleton as a good omen for a new start. I like the way you incorporated the Spanish saying into the story. Nicely done, Etol. 🙂

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