FFfAW: Perfect Position

This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, a challenge that asks you to write a story of 75-175 words based on the photo prompt below. This week’s prompt was provided by TJ Paris. Thank you, TJ!

photo-20160523071601748

Photo prompt – © TJ Paris

Perfect Position

Viordan clambered up the scaffolding with the ease of long practice, the familiar weight of his satchel on his back. His presence would pass unquestioned – no one cared about the artist’s assistant, especially when the artist himself was below being congratulated on his work.

Today the Grand Master had officially completed the final panel on the ceiling of the Imperial Palace’s great hall, bringing their long project to an end. They’d spent years perched above the bustle of the court, palace life continuing on regardless of the divinely inspired art being created overhead.

The position couldn’t have been more perfect.

He’d never expected his youthful love of painting to be of use in his adult life – though he should have realised that anything was possible when working for Intelligence. Still, the assignment had surprised him from the start. Being able to indulge his art while collecting the information his masters required was an unexpected pleasure.

Today his assignment changed.

Viordan withdrew the crossbow from his bag and lined up his perfect shot at the throne.

Word count: 175

To read the other entries click the little blue frog.

wpImg

photo-20160502054347111

Advertisements

Six Word Story: Luck

This post is for The Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge. This week’s theme is luck.

penny 2

Copper circle glints: fortune’s promise claimed.


I have to admit that I was a little stumped at first when it came to this week’s prompt. I had a number of different ideas but nothing that really leapt out at me. Then I visited the blog of the lovely Sabina Ayne and discovered that today is National Lucky Penny Day. This immediately brought one of my favourite traditional rhymes to mind:

See a penny,
Pick it up,
All day long you’ll have good luck.

See a penny,
Let it be,
Then bad luck will come to thee.

See a penny,
Pass it on,
Then your luck will never end.

 I noticed when googling the rhyme that everyone seems to have a slightly different version of it. I’d love to know which version you know.

TLT: The Long Wait

This post is for Sonya’s Three Line Tales, a challenge that asks you to write three lines in response to the photo prompt below.

The Long Wait

She’d held his promise to write close to her heart, waiting patiently each day for the mail to arrive. Disappointment failed to dull anticipation, even as weeks accumulated into years. Someday she’d receive the missive that would allow her to rest in peace.

FFfAW: Seeing is Believing

This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, a challenge that asks you to write a story of 75-175 words based on the photo prompt below. This week’s prompt was provided by Yinglan. Thank you Yinglan!

photo-20160516081437805

Photo prompt – © Yinglan

Seeing is Believing

“Did you see that?”

“What?”

“That sign – the dinosaur – it moved!”

“Don’t be daft.”

“I swear… There! You must have seen that.”

“Come on, Callie.” An arm was slung over her shoulders. “It’s late and you’ve had too much to drink. Let’s get home.”

Callie shrugged off the restrictive contact. “I’m not drunk. I know what I saw.”

“Cal-”

“Don’t treat me like an idiot, Fi.”

Fiona shook her head, walking away. “Then don’t act like one.”

Callie glared at her sister’s back before casting another glance at the metallic sign.

The dinosaur was gone.

“Er… Fiona..?”

“I hope you’re ready to talk sense.”

Callie didn’t look at the older girl as she backed away from the sign. Her gaze swept the shadows, searching for any hint of movement.

“Run!”

Even as she turned, teetering on too high heels, she knew it was too late. The dinosaur descended in a mass of teeth and claws.

The last sound Callie heard was her own scream.

Word Count: 167

To read the other entries click the little blue frog.

wpImg

photo-20160502054347111


As with last week’s FFfAW story I seem to be channelling the strange mind of the wonderful Draliman again. He did warn me that doing so is a slippery slope – that before I know it I’ll be killing off all my characters… Hmm… Oops! If you haven’t ever read any of his stories, go and do so. They’re an absolute scream. 🙂


In my last post I wrote three different six word stories for the Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s challenge and asked for people to vote for their favourite, with the story that received the most votes being the one I’d post to the challenge page. Well, it took longer than I’d expected to find the answer as #1 and #2 seemed to be equally popular! At today’s final count, however, #1 has eleven votes, #2 has nine votes and #3 has just the one. This is the six word story that will be posted on the page:

Empty swing creaks: a mother weeps.

To see what other people have written check out Nicola’s challenge page. All entries are posted in the comments where you can leave a like for your favourite.

Six Word Story: Horror

This post is for the Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge. This week’s theme is horror. I tried out several different approaches to this one but then couldn’t decide which to actually use so I decided to include three different ones! I hope you like them.

swing-1350654_640

Empty swing creaks: a mother weeps.

forest-549664_640

Screams echo as darkness slowly creeps.

shutterstock_132965675

Hand clutches the blood-soaked knife.


As I can’t post all three of the six word stories on the challenge page I would love it if you could let me know which one you like best in the comments below. The one that receives the most votes will be posted on The Sometime’s Stellar Storyteller’s page . 🙂

FFfAW: Inconspicuous

This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, a flash fiction challenge that asks you to write a flash fiction of 75-175 words based on the photo prompt below. This week’s prompt was provided by S. Writings.

photo-20160509070852451

Photo prompt -© S. Writings

Inconspicuous

“They’re staring at us.”

“Oh, I’m sure they’re not, boss.”

Fingers pointed. Eyes clearly followed them as their vehicle trundled through the miserable backwater. “I’m sure they are.” He narrowed his eyes, glaring first at his idiotic underling and then out at the gawking crowds. “I said I wanted to be inconspicuous. This is not inconspicuous.”

“It’s probably just ’cause we’re strangers, boss.”

“Hmm.” He gritted his teeth. Striking the fool wouldn’t help matters. “Are you certain we’re camouflaged correctly?”

“Certain-sure, boss. I followed the instructions exactly. This place might be backwards but their information network ain’t bad. I found a picture of one of their au-to-mo-biles and programmed it into the computer, just like you said. Computer’s handling our appearances, as well. We look just like the apes, not a tentacle in sight.”

Finally arriving at their destination, V’lod, former emperor of the universe, exited his disguised spaceship. His gaze fell on the vehicle’s vivid designs.

“Inconspicuous?” He scowled at his only remaining subject.

This didn’t bode well for the rest of his exile.

Word Count: 175

To read the other enentries click the little blue frog

linksy

photo-20160502054347111