Friday Fictioneers: Sanctuary

This is my entry for this week’s Friday Fictioneers Challenge run by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s picture prompt was provided by Rachel Bjerk. The challenge is to write a story within 100 words.

Photo prompt: Rachel Bjerke
Photo prompt: Rachel Bjerke

Genre: Fantasy

This time they had him.

Gaert grinned. The reward on the sorcerer’s head would be his. Even without the hounds the trail was now easy to follow. After three long days of unrelenting pursuit their prey was tired, his steps stumbling and uneven. He would not outwit them again.

Then they came to the moss-covered wall, the chimney, oven and fountain, and everything changed. The dogs cast for the scent without success, whining their confusion.

“Damn it!” Gaert slammed his fist against stone as a glowing sigil faded from sight.


Within the sanctuary Raen collapsed in exhausted relief. He was safe.

Word Count: 100

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34 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Sanctuary

  1. I enjoyed this very much. I hope you add to it (I did mine today) as I’d love to know how Raen disappeared!

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      1. I figured I’d just add as I feel like it and post it regardless of who sees it…but whomever ‘follows’ me will definitely see it. I’d be delighted to read yours!

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  2. hmmm… i learned something new today. i never thought a witch could be a guy, too. you must be wondering what planet i came from. 🙂


      1. i’m just teasing you. 🙂 last summer, i went to the black forest in germany where the grimm brothers found inpiration for their stories. if you haven’t been there, i think you’d find it an interesting place to visit.

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  3. Dear Fairymind,

    The dogs were tracking pheromones. Is there food and space in the sanctuary? Another world? Can he ever return?




  4. Every sorcerer worth his salt has a sanctuary magically hidden away somewhere. I’m relieved he made it just in time! (Unless he’s an evil sorcerer in which case, Bah!).
    I can fell Gaert’s frustration at the end.

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    1. While Raen has a number of secrets and a definite disrespect for the laws of the land, he’s not an evil sorcerer. And there are a number of sanctuaries scattered across the land for any who may need their protection. Thanks for reading. 🙂


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