Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Sky Darkened - Knights Of MicroFiction

Alrighty, today is July 15th, so that means it's time to post your entry to the Knights of MicroFiction prompt!

The requirements were:

Write a flash fiction in 200 words or less, using the phrase: the sky darkened.
For an added challenge, include a sound that surprises one of your characters and a foul smell.

Mine is (as usual) a part of my Rise series.  This scene doesn't actually take place in the trilogy, but it happens many years before.

So, at exactly 200 words, here it is:

The Sky Darkened

The sky darkened before Dezar Viraak.
The jungles of Adora were dangerous.  But his mission here could not be forsaken.  The first part had been completed.  Now, he just had to look for survivors.
Dezar entered the wooden building, gun in hand.  A smell, like copper and seawater filled his nose.  He knew it all too well.  Blood.
He made his way through the empty building, searching.
A creak in the wooden floorboards made him whip around.  His pulse raced and he aimed the gun at the unopened closet behind him.
“Come out slowly and I won’t shoot,” he warned.  He knew it was a lie.  His mission was to destroy the Resistance base and leave no survivors.  And not once had he failed a mission.
The closet door opened slowly, and a woman stepped into the light.
Her skin was dark, like the soft ground after a rainstorm.  She was dazzling.  The urge to lower his gun fell over him, but he had to complete his mission.  Emperor’s orders.
She hadn’t a weapon in hand, only her beauty and helplessness.
With renewed strength, he aimed and placed his finger on the trigger.
“Get out of here,” he said.  “Run.”

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Hope you enjoyed!

Also, other people who have posted:

  1. Bonnee Crawford
  2. Carrie-Anne
  3. Ashna Banga
  4. Sally
  5. DeniseCovey_L_Aussie
  6. Roland D. Yeomans
  7. JP
  8. Esther Jones
Remember, there's still time to join in on the fun!  Just try to post before 11:59pm EST and comment on THIS POST with a link to your entry.  (If you're a little late, though, that's fine.  We'll still include you :)  )

Kathy and I will choose two winners on the 17th, to be interviewed on our blogs.

Have fun and good luck!

--Jess

3 comments:

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Being a soldier is a nasty business, but sometimes mercy trumps orders. Good that you showed it happening this time.

Great evocative post. Thanks for visiting my entry. Sam tips his Stetson to you, Roland

Bonnee Crawford said...

Looks like some pretty good entries :) I like this microfiction idea.

Ashna Banga said...

It's an enchanting story! I love how you describe things. It takes a lot to make a picture in the readers' mind with a few words. You've done it so well! Love it! :)

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