Ragtag Daily Prompts: Duende, November 4, 2019

Max 1Maxwell paused at the front door of the Snapjaw residence. Taking a moment to take stock of the new body he now inhabited, he was well pleased. As there was a cold wind blowing, he was especially happy with his thick fur coat. The sharp claws and teeth were an added bonus.

I think I’m going to like being a familiar, he thought to himself. Then he heard his master’s voice.

“Familiar? No, Max! You are going to be more than that to this woman. You will be her duende.”

I’m sorry, Master, but my Spanish is a bit weak. Could you please elaborate?

“Look it up!” The Dark One thundered.*


*Dictionary.com writes: “In lists compiled by linguists and translators, it seems “duende” is a word that many experts regard as the hardest word in Spanish to convey in other languages.

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

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