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 Tipper and Tango go in search of an adventure…
“Tis foolishness to be here,” Amari whispered as she grabbed a low hanging branch and pulled herself up to the ledge beside Cerelic.
“Aye, but tis more foolish to have the others defenseless against the beast,” Cerelic replied for what seemed like the hundredth time.
The two had argued the same point ever since they left the village in the morning mist and now, hours later, the afternoon sun shone above the tree tops as they inched their way toward the cave’s entrance.
“Do you still have the wolfbane powder?” Amari asked again.
Cerelic looked at her, his irritation beginning to show as he removed the pouch from his tunic and thrust it toward her. “You hold it if you think me not trustworthy,” he hissed.
Amari looked down at the pouch, knowing she would not take it, when the hair on the back of her neck prickled a warning danger was near. Glancing above the cave’s entrance, she saw the claws first. Long and razor sharp, they clung to the edge as wings flexed and expanded until the sun hid in the shadows of the beast’s wingspan.
Cerelic saw the fear growing in Amari’s eyes and tightened his grip on the pouch. “Don’t move. The beast can’t find you if you are still. We just need to use the powder and all will be well.”
Suddenly a high pitched screech shattered the quiet as wings beat against the tree tops and a ball of fire shot across the cave entrance toward the two crouched nearby.
Now it’s your turn. What happens next? Join the fun and leave a comment below…
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 October 15, 2018.