This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. After being absent for the whole of November with NaNo I couldn’t resist diving back in – I’ve missed the community on the challenge too much not to! This week’s photo prompt was from pixabay. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the picture prompt below. I hope you like it.
The people of the plains knew that when the lights appeared the time of the gathering was upon them. Word spread, carrying like the warm breeze through the long blades of grass.
All paths turned towards the Heart of the World.
The multihued city of tents stretched for miles as the tribes came together, a massive settlement springing into existence across land left empty at all other times. Old friendships were renewed whilst strangers mingled, sharing salt and forging new alliances. Soon the scent of roasting bison began to drift from the fires where the feast was being prepared.
Acorena joined the other younglings in their celebrations, dancing beneath the towers that glowed in eerie splendour, her feet flying and body swaying in time to the unearthly melodies that sounded. Excited laughter filled the air. Anticipation thrummed an earthy beat. She waited, praying to the Lord and Lady that she would hear the summons.
At each gathering only a few would be Chosen. This time, maybe, just maybe, it would be her…
Word Count: 172
I’ve only recently heard the tragic news about Barbara Beacham, the lovely host of Monday’s Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, who sadly lost her battle with cancer last month. She will be missed. Rest in peace, Barbara.