Short fiction that I have written for prompt challenges or just for fun.
Fictober, Prompt 30 – “Don’t ruin this.” Original fiction, fantasy/fairy tale. Part three of three of my weird take on Cinderella. Part One (Day 28) and Part Two (Day 29). Warnings: none. Mother and Lorena were immediately obsessed with the notion that one of us might catch the Prince’s eye, especially when the ball was being held for…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 29 – “Why are we whispering?” Original fiction, fantasy/fairy tale. Part two of three: link to Part One (Day 28). Warnings: none, other than the usual implications of abuse in any take on Cinderella. Our presentations at court did not go well. Mother had insisted on the traditional peach-colored dresses for both of us, which looked…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 26 – “I’m sure this has never worked, ever.” Original fiction, sci-fantasy/technomagic. Continuation: part one (Day 1), part two (Day 5), part three (Day 7), part four (Day 15), and part five (Day 22). This the sixth and final part of this story. Warnings: monster/eldritch horror, technically suicidal ideation (characters prepared to sacrifice themselves). Vivi and…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 20 – “That’s what I’m known for.” Original fiction. Not really fantasy, medieval-ish setting. Warnings: stabbing, violent death. The tavern was crowded, and noisy enough to cover such private conversations as might occur around the edges of the room. I wasn’t surprised when a hooded figure slid into the booth opposite me, but didn’t allow the…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 13 – “The things you make me do…” Original fiction. Warnings: violence, brief, unsuccessful attempt at sexual assault, vaguely implied civil unrest. It was all anyone could talk about. Every mansion, every tavern, every market was the same, ‘The Shadow Blade’ this and ‘The Shadow Blade’ that, and what would the Shadow Blade do next? I…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 10 – “It’s so quiet.” Original fiction. Warnings: horror, implied monster, implied violent death. “And you’re sure everything’s all right? I don’t like you being out there alone,” Anna said. I tucked my cell phone more firmly between my ear and my shoulder, thinking for probably the hundredth time that I really needed one of those…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 7 – “That could have gone better.” Original fiction. Continuation: part one (Day 1) and part two (Day 5). Warnings: large-scale battle, spaceship crash (nothing graphic), brief and unrealized fear of a tunnel collapse The ship-killer missile whined past me, headed for the planet’s surface, and I swore, trying to run faster. There was no way…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 5 – “I’m not saying I told you so…” Original fiction. Turned out to be a continuation of Day 1. Warnings: nothing in particular, passing mention of past blood sacrifices. “I’m not saying I told you so…” “But you told me so,” I groused, sighing as Vivi stepped carefully into what remained of the lab. “It…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 4 – “Fine, I give up.” Original fiction. Warnings: implied battle, vague injury descriptions. Gasping, I fell, my left knee giving out at last. Only my sword, sunk into the earth, kept me partially upright. Although there was no possible way the gods looked on me in favor, I had no other explanation for why I…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 3 – “I’ve waited for this.” Original fiction. Warnings: horror, monster, vampire, implied blood-drinking, implied violent death. I held very still. The man standing across the room did not smile, but the corners of his eyes tightened in satisfaction. “As I suspected,” he murmured, and stepped forward, careful to keep his holy symbol in front of…Keep reading
Fictober, Prompt 2 – “You have no proof.” Original fiction. Warnings: magical battle of sorts, non-graphic description of someone being dead. The man clutched the scroll to his chest and looked at me as if I had just insulted all of his ancestors. “Of course I won’t hand it over to you! It is mine, and acquired only…Keep reading
(Fictober seems like a good time to return from the metaphorical dead? We’ll see how this goes!) Fictober, Prompt 1 – “I need you.” Original fiction. Warnings: implied blood sacrifice, implied murder, implied non-consensual surgical procedures (but nothing actually graphic). “I need you,” she had said. Arrogantly, or naïvely, or stupidly, or maybe all of those things, I…Keep reading
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