Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – The Flame Flickered


We could see the candle flicker from my living room window.

Exhausted, we couldn’t sit by the fire and wait any longer. 

Paugua wouldn’t come into the house. She insisted she’d keep her traditions and live in her tepee until she died. 

Ravaged from the malaria it was just a matter of time. It had taken her beloved Eduvije months earlier. 

The Taino people slowly diminished from diseases after the arrival of European settlers.They had no natural-bodily defenses against them.

Perhaps this small piece, left of her life, would bring her comfort.

At midnight, the flickering flame dimmed. 

2019©Isadora DeLaVega


Genre: Historical

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt:©Renee Heath

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***** Paugua – Taino Indian name for Paula. My great grandmothers name.

*****Eduvije – Taino Indian name for Vincent. My great grandfathers name.

*****Taino Indians – The original inhabitants of Puerto Rico are the Taíno Indians, who called the island Borikén; however, as in other parts of the Americas, the native people soon diminished in number after the arrival of European settlers. It was estimated that the majority of all the Taino Indian inhabitants of the New World perished due to contact and contamination with Old World diseases, while those that survived were killed by warfare with each other and with Europeans.

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

66 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Flame Flickered

  1. A very sad piece of history. So well written.

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  2. A sad story, Isadora! The world what is today is accountable for a lot!

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  3. A poignant and impactful story, made all that much more so for it’s tie to your own family history. Nicely done, Izzy.

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  4. sad story. i read that the collapse of the inca empire was mainly due to the diseases transmitted by the spaniards from which the incas weren’t immune.

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  5. Very sad, europeans have a lot to answer for.

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  6. This is beautiful. It breaks my heart what those who think they’re civilized do to humans they label uncivilized.

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  7. Sad and beautifully told

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  8. Beautifully written and poignant.

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  9. That had to have been a difficult vigil. It’s good that she could go on her own terms, but sad that she had to suffer disease in the first place.

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  10. Oh … what a sad remembrance… but her stoic pride is encouraging

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  11. A tragic and disturbing end, but hopefully wit some peace for her too.

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  12. Querida Isadora,

    This is so tenderly written. At the same time It’s a slap up the side of the head. Sadly it’s a widespread thread. Here’s a link to a story I posted 6 years ago (has it been that long?) Similar theme…kinda sorta. 😉
    Bien escrito mi amiga.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      It’s never a good ending when cultures, traditions and customs are disrespected to the point of annihilation. We need to be a kinder people.
      I’m on my way to read you story. gracias por leer mi cuento y por su buen comentario. 🙂
      Carino y Shalom,
      Isadora 😎

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  13. Isadora, thank you for the history lesson, and moving piece. You must be very proud of your heritage, sad as some of the story is.

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  14. Sad, but so sentimental.

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  15. Wonderful story, Izzy and all the more touching with your personal ancestors history!

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  16. A memory that shouldn’t be forgotten, Isadora. Nicely told.

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    • Well, Hi Tom. It’s a pleasure to see you here. I’m glad you stopped by and left your thoughtful comment. I’ve been under the weather … no excuse … but am starting to roam to my bloggers again. I’ll be sure to add you to my list of visits. Hope you’re well? Happy Sunday 😊
      Isadora 😎


  17. Heartbreaking, but beautifully done, Isadora.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  18. Beautiful photo and moving story.

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  19. All the more moving if it’s your own history

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  20. It is so sad. Entire populations were decimated. Good story.

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  21. So well done, yet sad on multiple levels. To me, you dug deep for this one – and that’s a good thing. Hope to see you at Neil Diamond on Saturday.

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  22. A loving and gentle way to let her die.

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  23. A very moving account, Issy. Your writing really draws one into the situation.

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  24. What a well done, heartfelt and heartbreaking bit of history. Thank you for personalizing it, and for sharing a bit about your own family’s ties to the realities that had decimated so many. Thank you for the tribute and for the respect of the old, and their traditions, and the small bits of soul we can teach ourselves to stretch our comfort to allow when we know the meaning they carry for others. Na’ama

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  25. Such a sad piece of history. So many of the natives died thanks to the “white man’s diseases”…
    A loving way to let her go… beautifully done, Izzie.

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