Festival of Lights

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Light up a lamp, candles, hot air balloon and more because around the world people believe that light overcomes darkness. Even when our festivals are attacked or melded strangely when cultures collide, our humanity glows brightest with hope.

As we enter a season filled with holidays, writers lit up the page with stories about festivals of light.

The following are based on the November 1, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a festival of lights.

PART I (10-minute read)

Festival of Lights by Charli Mills

Glass shatter during dinner. Papa grabbed the boys and we sheltered beneath the table. Patterns of woodgrain forever etched my memory. Mama stood until Papa hastened her to hunker down with us in frightened silence.

We waited for boot thuds and forced entry. A truck engine revved. Guttural voices hurled invocations hard as the pick-ax that smashed our…

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