MftS: Interlude

Here’s this week’s entry into Monday’s Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, run by Barbara W. Beacham. This challenge gives you a picture prompt and the first line and asks that you finish the story in 100-150 words. The given line is in italics.

Photo Prompt: © 2015 Barbara W. Beacham
Photo Prompt: © 2015 Barbara W. Beacham

Interlude

Now this is living the life of Riley.

Axien blinked open his eyes, yawning as he rolled away from the bright sunlight that bathed him. He felt as indulgent as one of the pampered cats that stalked the temple precinct. It had been so long since he’d last been able to relax.

He’d savour it while he could – after all, it wouldn’t be long before work summoned him again. For months now he’d been kept busy. The war kept everyone busy. It was… draining. Even sleeping in his own bed had been a scarce occurrence of late.

Axien groaned as a tentative knock sounded. He reluctantly rose from his bed, pulling on work clothes as he ordered the visitor to enter. It seemed his interlude was over.

“Sir.” The servant’s voice shook. His eyes remained lowered. “A new prisoner has been brought in. Lord Brecan asks that you to attend.”

The Chief Interrogator’s work was never over.

Word Count: 150

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16 Comments on “MftS: Interlude

    • I wanted to create quite a contrast. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. Interesting. This can either take place in the past, or the present. I like that!

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    • It hoped it would change the way you viewed him! Just think what the prisoners would have been experiencing while he took his relaxing interlude!

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    • Thanks, PJ. I think I did drop a few hints that he was a human earlier but I may have been a little too subtle (that can often be a problem!) I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

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  2. What an ending Louise! Loved the story, and thank you for continuing to write for the MFtS challenge! Be well… ^..^

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  3. A great twist at the end, Louise. He’s apparently a hero of his own story. It looks like to others he’s a person to be feared with good reason. Well writtne. 🙂 — Suzanne

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