This post is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, a flash fiction challenge hosted by Priceless Joy that asks you to write a piece of flash fiction of 75-175 words based on the photo prompt below. This week’s prompt was provided by momtheobscure. Thank you momtheobscure!
The Weight of Duty
Ieldu stared at the ruins on the cliff’s edge, once familiar tendrils of guilt twining into his thoughts. The absence of the stone figure caused his heart to clench. He drew a breath, forcing calm.
He’d always known it would someday happen. The elements had wreaked havoc on the giant for centuries unending; the last storm had dealt the final blow – timeworn stone crumbling into the ocean below, destroying the structure it supported. Even miles distant, Ieldu had felt the collapse of the World Bridge. As Guardian his task was clear.
This time his brother wouldn’t be present to take the weight of duty upon his shoulders. The image of Torr’s form expanding and solidifying into rock as he performed the ancient magics, anchoring the World Bridge into material reality, had haunted him for centuries. Last time Ieldu’s stupidity had caused the damage but Torr had paid the price.
This time the duty was his alone.
“No brother,” a long silent voice said. A hand gripped his shoulder. “This time we do it together.”
Word Count: 175
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Hello everyone! 🙂 After having had a month mostly away from my blog for CampNano it’s good to be writing flash fiction again, although I have to admit that after a month of novel writing fitting this into 175 words was even harder than usual. I’d hoped to post it on Wednesday but, as you can probably tell from the fact that it’s now Friday, it just wouldn’t cooperate!
I look forward to visiting everyone’s blogs and catching up with you all.
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