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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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: 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 →

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 →

FFfAW: Susceptible

Susceptible Willow spotted the pair long before they reached her. The man was perfect, open minded and curious. The woman was more... problematic. She exuded confidence, carrying a fixed world-view that prevented any tampering to her thoughts. But the man was too good to ignore. "Come," she whispered into his mind. "This way." He stopped, his vacant gaze turning towards the doorway where Willow... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Captivated

Captivated Raedan's hands clenched around the gift box as he listened to the announcement. Lady Seleste had chosen her suitor. And it wasn't him. Everyone else faded into insignificance as she glided across the hall. With each tilt of her head, each flash of a smile, she set his senses reeling. She'd captivated him from the first. Now he had one... Continue Reading →

CB&W: Sunlit Leaves

They hide amongst the sunlit leaves, with only hints of movement to betray their presence. If you watch carefully you might see a darting shape, there and gone in the blink of an eye. But listen. You can hear them: the swish of fluttering wings; the pattering of tiny footsteps on branches. And there - the tinkling of... Continue Reading →

CB&W: Trees

They huddle beneath the sheltering branches, hidden from view by tangled growth. Soon they'll have to move - their pursuers won't have given up so easily - but for now they sleep in restless slumber, recovering their strength for the struggle ahead. Their dreams are haunted by dark figures who laugh as blood cascades over a... Continue Reading →

CFFC: Stairs, Steps, Ladders

Blame Maddie stomped and banged, making her displeasure as clear as she could as she wielded her broom, dust motes swarming around her. It wasn't fair! None of it was her fault. Not really. She couldn't have known what would happen. And besides, things probably wouldn't have been any different even if the ladder hadn't been there. All that damned girl had had to do was... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Imaginary Friends

This post is for Priceless Joy's Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. This week's prompt was provided by me. Imaginary Friends "It's just your eyes playing tricks on you," everyone always told her. "None of it's real." Even her grandmother - who told the most wonderful stories - had always waved a dismissive hand and said, "Your imagination is running away... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: The Window

His post is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, a flash fiction challenge run by Priceless Joy, that asks you to write a story of 100-175 words based on the photo prompt below. This week's prompt was provided by Nonnaci. Thank you Nonnaci. The Window Raen stood in the doorway and considered the benefit of retreat.... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Creations Studio

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy.  The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. This week's prompt was provided by Uday . Thank you Uday! Creations Studio The moment Tessa saw the strange doorway her world shifted out of... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Gifts

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy.  The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. This week's prompt was provided by Ady. Thank you Ady! Gifts “Thompson here yet?” Billy jumped, squawking in surprise at the sound... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Passing Storm

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week's photo prompt was provided by me! Thank you PJ for choosing it. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like my offering. Passing Storm Eahlwyn stumbled... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Tubby

This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the picture prompt below which this week was provided by me. I hope you like it. Tubby Tubby liked to watch the people as they ambled by;... Continue Reading →

MftS: Interlude

Here's this week's entry into Monday's Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, run by Barbara W. Beacham. This challenge gives you a picture prompt and the first line and asks that you finish the story in 100-150 words. The given line is in italics. Interlude Now this is living the life of Riley. Axien blinked... Continue Reading →

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