The End?

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The End?

“It’s finally over.” Jonin’s voice held a mixture of relief and sorrow as he gazed at the courtyard below.

Helleni hummed her agreement. Leaning into his embrace, she watched in satisfaction as the final cobble was laid. Only they and the workmen were aware of the crypt hidden beneath the stones – and no word of it would be spoken. She’d make sure of that.

The past five years had been filled with turmoil, as Fenrin sought to claim his brother’s throne. He’d used every scrap of dark energy at his disposal to remove Jonin from power. Not even death had halted his quest.

“He won’t escape now,” Helleni reassured. “The crystal will hold him for hundreds of years. We’re safe.”

“Because of you, my love.”

She smiled as Jonin’s lips met hers in a tender caress. With every kiss, further tendrils of control tangled his heart.

Once, Fenrin had promised her power. He’d promised her influence. Eventually, she’d grown weary of waiting.

Now she knew – if she wanted power, she had to take it for herself.

Word Count: 175 words

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This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. This week’s prompt was provide by Shivangi Singh. Thank you Shivangi!


15 thoughts on “The End?

  1. ohh all the ingredients of a family saga here, she betrayed one brother to other for power. I like her! Unassuming yet deadly. “With every kiss, further tendrils of control tangled his heart.” – my favourite line! A woman does that so well. Entangle a man till he can’t think rationally. You killed this one Louise!

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  2. Ooh, that Helleni, the little minx. At last she’ll have the power she craves. Unless the crystal is flawed and Fenrin rises again…
    I especially liked the line “With every kiss, further tendrils of control tangled his heart.” Happens to the best of us 🙂

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    1. If Fenrin did manage to break free from the crystal, I think the family reunion would be an interesting one to observe. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ali.

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    1. Helleni is a very power hungry young lady. I can definitely imagine her getting rid of Jonin as well, and claiming power for herself. Thanks for visiting, PJ. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
      By the way, are you still accepting pictures – I have a couple I meant to send to you last week. I just never quite got around to it… o_O


      1. Thanks Louise! Right now I have plenty of pictures and I still have several of yours that I haven’t used yet. I will be using them in the future, I just don’t like to use the same person’s pictures too close together. I will be asking for more pictures sometime in the future.


  3. Wow, interesting. Isn’t it funny that all through history have been portrayed as having to go through a back door to get power. Women are never just chosen, unless they have something very very very extraordinary or the people are bound by law, she is pretending to be a man or she is a caniving bitch 😐

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    1. Through a great deal of history, women have been seen as being the lesser member of the species. Power has been held by the one with the greatest physical strength. Women only gained power if they used their mind – which meant they were seen as conniving. I actually hesitated a long time before making Helleni so manipulative, because I dislike perpetuating the idea of the devious female – but in the end I decided that it worked for the story! I actually like creating a more matriarchal / equal society in many of my fantasy stories. 🙂
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Joy.

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