Last Updated on November 11, 2023
This story is part of the Ebay Stories experiment.
The Tale of Ebony and Ivory
In the sunlit kitchen of the cozy Maplewood house, two ceramic figurines—a black bull and a white cow—stood side by side on the windowsill, overlooking the blooming garden. They were known as Ebony and Ivory, and they were the silent witnesses to the bustling family life within these walls.
The story of Ebony and Ivory began many years ago when Grandpa Joe, a ceramic artist, crafted them with love as a wedding gift for his daughter, Mary. As time wove its threads, the figurines became a symbol of Mary’s family, representing unity in diversity and the strength of togetherness.
Every morning, the children, Lily and Alex, would greet Ebony and Ivory while helping with breakfast. “Good morning, friends!” Lily’s cheerful voice would echo, her fingers grazing them lightly. The figurines, though inanimate, seemed to soak up the laughter and chatter, becoming a vessel for countless happy memories.
As the seasons changed, so did the scenes before the windowsill. The family celebrated birthdays, holidays, and even the occasional snow day, with Ebony and Ivory always present, a silent yet comforting fixture amidst the joy and occasional chaos.
One brisk autumn day, the family gathered in the kitchen, the scent of cinnamon and apples filling the air. It was the twins’ birthday, and they were turning ten. Amidst the celebration, little Alex whispered a wish to Ebony and Ivory, hoping they’d make it come true.
As the day waned and the cake was reduced to crumbs, Mary gathered the children for a surprise. “Ebony and Ivory have a story to tell,” she began, her eyes twinkling with the same mischievous spark the children had. She spun a tale of how the two figurines were once real creatures, a bull and a cow from a magical farm where animals could speak, and where harmony reigned among all beings.
The children listened, enraptured by the story, as Mary told of how the animals’ wish to watch over a loving family forever transformed them into these ceramic figures. The tale ended with the revelation that every time a wish was whispered to them, it traveled on the wind to the magical farm, where it would come true.
As the night drew in, the twins went to bed with hearts full of wonder, their imaginations alight with visions of talking animals and enchanted pastures. They fell asleep, not knowing that the true magic was in the love that filled their home, a love that gave life to even the inanimate.
And so, Ebony and Ivory continued to stand guard, basking in the glow of the family’s affection. Unbeknownst to all, on that night, under the moon’s soft luminescence, a faint glimmer of magic sparked within the figurines. For the first time, they exchanged a look, their ceramic eyes gleaming with life—a secret twist only the moon would ever know.