Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Sizzle of Lightning!

Before I present my Flash, I'd like to thank Tyrean for her ultimate sweetness! She included me in last week's wonderful blogfest of surprising bloggers with...
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Random Acts of Kindness presented by the Bookshelf Muse. The best way I know how to pass this on, is to give what I am good at - making buttons, badges, and little knick knack graphics. I'm a total amateur using powerpoint and its clipart, but I have fun and the results aren't bad (see lightning castle below). So anyone who comments today and indicates they would like a graphic will get one. I will email you for details from your link.


Now, here is my tale for Cherie Reich's Lightning Flash Fiction Blogfest!


Secret Memory

Lightning flashed through the bars high above my bed. If you could call a cement slab a bed. 

Explosive thunder followed, telling me the storm was closing in. Wrapping my arms around me as tight as I could, I huddled in the corner. Soon rain would flood the floor and dampen my clothes to match my spirits.

When the evil wizard finally relented from his tireless search of my memories, I had hoped to get some rest. But comfort would not reach me tonight.

I pounded my head. What was in there that was so important? That heartless wizard would surely torture me until I was dead, whether I gave him what he wanted or not.

Another blast of lightning illuminated my cell. Within the shadow of the bars I saw the silhouette of a head. I shut my eyes tight and hunched up my shoulders, hoping it was my imagination. I had no place to hide from an intruder.

When I peeked, I saw my grandmother at the window and she was glowing! She shrank herself to fit through the bars and with gossamer wings she gently landed in front of me and re-expanded.

“Come on, dear. There’s not much time!”

She grabbed my hand and took me out the way she came in. Outside the sky was clear and full of stars.

“But how did you do all that?” I asked.

“I'll explain when we get home. Did he find it?”

“Find what, Grandma? What do I have?”

We ran into the woods and when we were a safe distance, she answered me, pointing at my forehead.

“You have a spell hidden deep inside that brings a person back to life. A gift from your mother.”

No sooner had the words left her mouth, than I recalled the spell and fainted.

22 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Wow, you flash fiction writers are talented! Great job!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good one, Tara! I really like some of the lines, like the one about "dampen my clothes to match my spirits."

Cassie Mae said...

I bow to your awesomeness. The silhouette of the head from a flash of lightning was actually a recurring nightmare of mine. Yikes! I can't even think about it!

Joshua said...

Wonderful imagery. Excellent.

M.J. Fifield said...

Very nice. This is a fun blogfest. I'm have a great time reading everyone's entries.

Charity Bradford said...

I love how you set up your scenes. The lightning and the cell are wonderful.

This was my other favorite because it created such a clear picture and made me feel for your MC--
"I pounded my head. What was in there that was so important?"

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you for entering my 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Blogfest! The six finalists will be announced on Friday, May 25th. I will further comment on your entry on Thursday.

Cherie Larkins said...

Faeries and spells and wizards... LOVE IT!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't faint! Grandma will have to drag you then.

Dana said...

Nice, Tara! :)

Christine Rains said...

You write such wonderful and quirky short stories. Well done!

michelle said...

Such a cute story TTT!

Julie said...

Amazing story, the imagery is so powerful! Great work. :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

What fun! I like that one.

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Heather

Ruth Josse said...

Wowza! I like it!

Brinda said...

Very cool tale...told in a flash!

Tara Tyler said...

Thanks for the sweet praises! You all are the best!

Cassie, take control of your nightmare! beat it into submission!

Heather, uh oh!

Rek said...

Enjoyable and very well written piece.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Nice job! You drew me in with great description, and kept me going with your character's new discoveries! Great flash!!! Now, I want to read more about these characters.

Donna B. McNicol said...

You tugged me along with your great imagery...then gave me a shiver at the end. Loved it!

Cherie Reich said...

Wow! I wasn’t expecting the ending. I would definitely read more.

I'll announce the finalists tomorrow.

Medeia Sharif said...

Wonderful tale. I'm glad she got out of there and the spell is intriguing.