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.

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: 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: 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 →

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: 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 →

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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