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: 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: 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 →

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 →

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 →

FFfAW: Preservation

Preservation Loreli scratched at her temples where the threads made contact. After nearly twenty years of treatment she should be used to the sensation by now, but they still made her skin crawl. After all, while she knew she'd visited the clinic for years, it wasn't as if she could really remember it... "How much longer?" she murmured. The doctor would hear, no... 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 →

FFfAW: Wisps of Gold

Wisps of Gold Emily stood beside the piled leaves, peering around the garden for any that might have escaped her notice. It had taken far longer than she’d expected to scrape the mound together, each breeze threatening to undo her work, but she’d been determined to gather every golden scrap she could find. "Well?" she called. "How's... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Seven PM

Seven PM Edmund stood on the shoreline. Waiting. It was something he was good at. As a child he'd waited for his father, watching the ticking clock. At seven pm, daily, the man would hear the governess' report, granting him a fragment of his time: a smile, a question, a word of praise... if the report was fair. On days when... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: Sidelines

Sidelines Jenny hurried past the sports field with her head down, eyes fixed on the path before her. The hubbub of the players stirred memories she'd rather ignore. Plus, he was there. She could hear his voice, bellowing orders over the field. She could feel the weight of his knowing gaze. She'd spent so many hours standing on the sidelines, cheering... Continue Reading →

FFfAW: The Children

The Children "For your disregard of our laws-" "Father, please," Lia said, tears flowing. But no trace of her doting parent was visible. It was the High Councillor who faced her: stern and forbidding as he passed sentence. "-you are hereby banished." Her hand tightened on the pony's reins, and she avoided looking at the children on the... 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: Crisis Point

This post is for Priceless Joy's Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, a challenge that asks you to write a story of 100-175 words based on the photo prompt below. This week's picture was provided by TJ Paris. Thank you TJ! Crisis Point The library had always been her sanctuary, her escape from life's hubbub - until her world... 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 →

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