This week’s photo prompt from Madison Wood’s Friday Fictioneers is one that I took a couple of years ago when we were visiting Sydney, Australia. It’s from the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour.
The gateway hadn’t been there previously, he was sure of it.
But that morning, as the tendrils of mist coiled dreamily across the hillside, it shimmered into view, the archway gleaming in the morning sun.
A sign stood beside the ivy-clad entrance:
‘The pure in heart may enter.’
He reflected a while. He’d been a lot of things in his seventy years, wild, proud, conscientious, loyal, cantankerous. But pure? He didn’t think so.
The leaves whispered as he turned to descend the steps again, and he felt a gentle hand on his shoulder, drawing him back.
‘We also value honesty.’