FFfAW: The Touch of his Hand

The Touch of his Hand "Ssh," he soothed. "It's all right now. Everything's fine." Her shudders slowly eased as she relaxed against him. "I was so scared." "I know. Shh, now." Magic effervesced beneath his fingertips as he ran his hand in calming strokes down her back, his powers reinforcing his words. "I..." Her eyes [...]

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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, [...]

FFfAW: The Truth in the Tale

The Truth in the Tale Jonin enjoyed telling stories. He couldn't deny it. As a knight of many years' service he had numerous exploits to share. But there was one thing everyone wanted to know - what really happened after the Battle of Ebden Moor? There were only a few known facts. He and Mikael had [...]

FFfAW: Waiting for the Light

Waiting for the Light Tamrir huddled in the darkness, willing the minutes to slow their passage as he awaited the coming dawn. His sister's weight pressed reassuringly against his side, and he hugged her close. The night had been long. Ridiculously so. "Is it time yet?" He started, not having realised Ameyi was awake. "Nearly," he [...]

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 [...]

FFfAW: The Lady’s Advice

  The Lady's Advice "You need to hold your head up high, child," the lady said, lifting Gilli's chin with elegant fingers. "Keep your spine straight and your shoulders back." "I can do that." "Act as if nothing anyone says or does bothers you. Confidence is essential. You must remain cool, calm and collected at all [...]

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 [...]