100-Word Challenge: Liberty and Death

100 Word Challenge for Grown-UpsThe prompt for this week’s 100-Word Challenge for Grown-Ups (week 42):

You are to write a piece with these words in it:
LIBERTY    EMPIRE    APPLE    YELLOW    ENORMOUS

I’ve been trying to stretch my writing muscles with these, lately, so I decided to see if I could write a bit of action, this time around.

“Liberty and Death”

Fin shoved her ahead, and Cora slipped, across mossy stones slick as rotted apple pulp. But still she ran, the clangor of metal and voices chasing after:

“Retrieve the princess! Death to the Empire!”

Until, suddenly, there was no passageway left.

She spun, but her warning died in her throat. For spilling at her feet was Fin, broken and bloodied, his spear clattering beside.

Cora’s body shuddered.

Her pursuers were ready for a girl, a monarch’s delicate daughter. They weren’t ready for the angry, yellow-eyed monster that rose, enormous, before them.

“Here is your liberty!” it bellowed, spewing liquid fire.

Water Dragon

Do not piss this girl off.

For some reason, this prompt made me think of revolutionaries and rebels. The problem with revisionist history, though, is that, most of the time, you don’t get to see the other party’s point of view.

This doesn’t necessarily follow any kind of conceived timeline or history for the Fin and Cora characters, by the way. I’m just spitballing ideas, here, seeing what – if anything – works.

How did you fulfill this week’s prompt?

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14 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge: Liberty and Death

    • Thanks, Jenny! Action is not something that comes easily to me (especially in 100 words!), but it’s always fun to try. Glad you liked it!

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    • Thank you, Siv Maria!
      I love dragons, too. Maybe that’s influenced by the recent “Game of Thrones” episodes, I’m not sure. 😀
      Glad you enjoyed this!

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  1. oh my goodness! the dragon at the end clenched my heart and it made me laugh! 🙂 I couldn’t see it til I scrolled down. Lovely! I really enjoyed the fire-heartedness of the heroine. nicely done!

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    • Thank you, Lorraine! 🙂

      While I don’t enjoy indestructible or infallible heroes or heroines, I do like mine to have some fire to them. 😉 Glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. Dang, that was really good! For something with the restrictions of requiring certain words and staying within 100 words, this was a lot better than I could have expected.

    Whoa, after going back and reading it again, I just got that Cora transformed. O.O You have to write this. I must read more!

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    • Thanks, spooney!

      The 100-word challenges have really done wonders for my storytelling abilities. When I was writing those 1000-word P4 one-shots, someone suggested I try 100 words to tell a story. At the time, I thought it impossible. But, playing with these challenges, I’ve learned more about how to tell flash fiction. It’s been great fun!

      I’m seriously considering broadening these characters and their world into … maybe not another novel, but perhaps a short story or novella. It could be fun to play with fantasy for a while. 🙂

      Glad you liked it, and thanks for commenting!

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