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.
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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