Now on Tuesdays…at least for the foreseeable future…welcome to Flash Fiction Tuesday. In case you don’t know what flash fiction is, it is an extremely short story (sometimes created in 100 words or less) with a beginning, middle, and an ending.
But in my case, I write flash fiction with an open ending. I allow my readers to draw their own conclusion as to what happens. This week there is smoke rolling off Dragon’s Breath Island…
Layla tightened her vest before tucking her sword in the double wrapped belt and scabbard tied at her side. All she needed were her boots and she would be ready. The villagers said she was crazy. No one had ever gone to Dragon’s Breath Island and returned. Well, knights had returned but never alive. And now Layla thought she would be able to fight the dragon all on her own.
Quickly saddling her horse, Layla took the path through the forest leading down to the water. She wouldn’t allow herself to give in to the what-ifs that might happen. The loch was calm today, a good sign the gods favored her crossing. Her father had taught her to command a boat when she was knee high to a grasshopper and the oars felt at home in her hands as she rowed straight for Dragon’s Breath Island.
The morning sun was just leaving the horizon when Layla saw the coastline. True to it’s name, smoke curled around the cliffs at the water’s edge and ended halfway up the mountainside looming above her. Dragon’s breath. Layla almost expected to see flames shooting from the caves dotting the cliffs as she reached land and pulled her boat on shore. Saying a quick prayer for the gods’ mercy, Layla slowly began to climb the path leading to the largest cave on the island and home to the dragon…
Now it’s your turn. What happens next? Will Layla meet her destiny on the island? Will the dragon win? Join in the fun and add a comment below…
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Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of Lunadar. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne.
But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song.
With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of Lunadar at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?
International best selling, award winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy) from Story Catcher Publishing ebook edition is now available at Amazon and other online retailers, with the print edition coming out late fall 2018.