Monthly Archives: December 2009
This one came about because of the “Readers on Deadline” challenge over at http://www.deadlinedames.com/ – they post a picture to inspire readers to post a 250-word or less story.
Time to Talk
I jumped, I couldn’t help it, then looked around. The shopkeeper was still reading his magazine. The only other customer had just left, so it was just me and… a doll. Sitting lopsided on the shelf in front of me. I poked it tentatively.
Tondo Lachwallan was inspecting the storage caves with one of his fellow priests when they heard the screams. They paused in their task – checking for spoilage and evaluating rationing levels – and soon heard the sound of rapid footfalls as an initiate sought them out.
“Fathers!” the initiate gasped, prostrating himself before them as much to catch his breath as to show respect. “The Year-King! He’s dead!”
I was shocked when I got laid off from my job. I hadn’t seen it coming at all, even though looking back on it now there were plenty of warning signs.
I was even more shocked when my boyfriend kicked me out a few months later. Again, there were warning signs well before it happened. I guess I just didn’t believe it would really happen. Maybe somewhere in the back of my head I thought that if I ignored it, the problem would go away. Instead, it was my home and my relationship with Jake that went away, just like my job had.
Ilsa stood in the shadow of the trees, watching as a small caravan made camp for the evening.
“You could travel with them,” said the voice in his head, “Those carts must move away from the Church faster than you go on foot.”
Ilsa stood patiently, stoically, as the priests painted arcane symbols on his black skin with acrid smelling white and red mixtures.