The Ways of the Paths

She didn't look back. After all, she was of the Bakiai, and the Bakiai always looked forward. That was how their paths stayed true.

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Childhood Joys

Imogen's hands shook as she brushed the gathered debris away from the miniature village, her reeling emotions slow to calm. She righted a fallen bench and straightened a leaning signpost. Despite her best efforts, a clinging miasma of neglect remained. The place felt... empty.

FFfAW: Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned Hunger gnawed, growing increasingly harsh and insistent as hours dragged by. The dish of food remained frustratingly out of reach. Finn scowled, trying again to rise. This was ridiculous. He didn't know what she'd done to him, but the old woman was clearly deranged. "If you wish to eat," she'd said, "use the... Continue Reading →

The Burden of Truth

Yesterday I posted a piece of flash fiction for last week's FFfAW challenge. As I mentioned there, I'd previously written another version that had to be abandoned as it was far too long for the 175 word limit. Well, I've decided to share it with you anyway. Technically, it's still a piece of flash fiction,... Continue Reading →

TLT: Perfect Life

He'd tried many different jobs over the years - so many, he'd lost track - but nothing had ever inspired him to such passion. Not like this. Standing in the arena, surrounding by screaming fans: he couldn't imagine a more perfect life. This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tales. This week's prompt is by... Continue Reading →

TLT: Memories

  Memories "We'd spend hours down here, remember?" she said, gazing across at the familiar view, her memories dancing as ethereal spectres upon the sports field. They'd been such joy filled hours, packed with fun and games: skipping and jumping and turning cartwheels; running until breathless, before tumbling in a heap on the grass; vibrant... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Homecoming

Homecoming Something was wrong. Majif  frowned. He'd spent too long evaluating his enemies' weaknesses to overlook the lack of guards on the gate. He freed his blades, fearing the worst... Reality outdid expectation. Within the walls guards and servants alike sprawled in macabre display: blood drenched and staring; throats slashed open. The attack had occurred... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: The Search

The Search "They were around here somewhere. I swear!" Tynen scrambled recklessly over the rocks ahead, peering into each nook and cranny with almost feverish intensity. Velana followed at a slower pace, choosing each footstep carefully as she climbed the craggy slope. "No one's found any in years, Ty. Admit it - you imagined 'em." Her... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Greeting the Four

Greeting the Four The seats had been placed with utmost precision: north, south, east and west, each one carefully aligned. Veraen nodded in satisfaction. "Anything else, Sir?" his assistant - Jaeden? Jened? - said, and he gestured in dismissal, shooing the man out of the sacred space. He'd spent too long in preparation to let... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Victim?

Victim? she felt sick seeing him there performing his songs as if he didn't have a care in the world after everything he'd put her through everything he'd done to her and to those she loved seeing him so blithely carefree set her guts to roiling * she carried the knife in her bag for protection... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Silenced

Silenced It seemed an age since music had last filled Abigail's home. The piano remained covered: its melodies smothered by leather; its keyboard untouched. But it hadn't always been so. Once, joyous refrains had resonated throughout the building. Music had been her life. Her passion. And Robert's, too. Their skillful playing had filled concert halls around the globe. Their life together... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Testing Times

Testing Times Gretnya gripped her husband's hand, writhing anxiety choking her as the final calf was led into the testing area. Please, she prayed to any deity listening. "It'll be fine," Brindel said. "This time it'll have worked, you'll see." The tremble in his voice contradicted the confidence of his words. She squeezed his hand tighter. The... Continue Reading →

TLT: Reach for the Light

He'd spent too long reaching for the light - forever striving towards an unobtainable ideal. Anchored within the pitchy depths of perceived reality, nothing ever attained the perfection to which he aspired. But it was time for him to acknowledge: the light already burned within him, and it always had. This post is for Sonya's Three... Continue Reading →

TLT: Sweetheart

He'd seemed like such a sweetheart. He'd brought her flowers, held her hand, and kissed her with a passion that whispered 'forever' into her dreams. But then he was gone, leaving nothing but the scattered crumbs of her broken heart in his wake. This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tales challenge. This week's photo... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Puddle Splashing

Puddle Splashing “What are you doing?” Mikey pulled a face. What a daft question. “I’m splashing in puddles, of course.” He was tempted to add ‘silly girl’, but Mummy said he should be nice, even when he didn’t want to be. “Why?” “Because it’s fun.” He leapt towards the next puddle. “Can I have a go?”... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Happy Families

Happy Families It was supposed to be a celebration. David drummed his fingers on the tabletop as his siblings exchanged barbs. Couldn't they make an effort to get on? Just one evening was all he asked for. But no - they couldn't even maintain the facade of a happy family for a few hours. He gritted his teeth.... Continue Reading →

TLT: Deep Water

He hadn't intended to cause such an abysmal mess. It had just been a prank: just stupid, childish folly. But, as blaring sirens grew steadily closer, he knew he was in deep water - and he had no one to blame but himself. This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tales challenge. This week's prompt is by Sean Tan.

FFfAW: The End?

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... Continue Reading →

TLT: Recurring Nightmare

Her nightmare was always the same. The table was set and decorated, but something about the scene felt wrong... Only the sound of the doorbell caused realisation to strike - Mother was coming to dinner, and the tablecloths hadn't been ironed! This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tales challenge. This week's photo prompt was... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Time to Leave

Time to Leave The boats were full, despite the lateness of the day. Ingrid paused, her foot poised on the gangplank as she looked back at the town. Her throat tightened as tears threatened to fall. How could she leave? The place was central to all of her memories: she'd married Jimmy in the church on the market place;... Continue Reading →

TLT: Fallen Flag

"You shouldn't have abandoned the flag," Mikael said, his voice an angry growl in the blood-soaked twilight. Raen looked from their celebrating opponents, who remained unaware of their presence within the trees, to his friend who nursed injuries that could have been so much worse. "It was either lose the flag or lose you," he... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Unexpected Consequences

Unexpected Consequences Adrugian gazed wearily over the arid landscape, the insistent beat of the sun sapping energy he could ill afford to lose. He knew the villagers below didn't understand why he traipsed so often to the heights. He'd seen the looks they exchanged. He'd heard their snide comments. Unfortunately, the truth was something they... Continue Reading →

TLT: Sparks

For a time they'd shone brightly, the sparks flying between them igniting passions that burned with fierce abandon. But such a blaze could never last. Now, from the ashes, they had to build a new life - though whether together or separate had yet to be decided... This post is for Sonya's Three Line Tales.... Continue Reading →

Light and Dark

Light and Dark Tammy hummed a tune as she walked, contentment a pleasing weight on her shoulders. Home's warmth drew her onwards. Until light shattered the darkness. She stumbled back, shielding watering eyes. Her throat tightened with sorrow. She'd known the summons would arrive someday - but, so soon? How could she leave everything behind? She wasn't ready...... Continue Reading →

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