Centennial’s Cusp

The alarums were howling. I ignored them. When the smallest one pawed my robe, I gave him a pat and walked through the gate.

Down below the bacchanal continued. It would be impossible to hear the alarums, and I preferred a more private revelry. I trod familiar halls, unlocked your door.

Did they know what they did, down below? How they opened this gate every hundred years or so, held it fast with the beating of drums and the scent of musk? Tangled in your arms, wrapped in the rhythm of your voice, I like to think they do.

This post was made in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge prompt:

This week we are giving you a page from the Oxford English Dictionary.  The ninety-ninth page, to be exact.  From this page, you can choose any word, any definition, to use in your post. And instead of our typical 33-333 word limit, we are asking for 99 words exactly. (Visit www.trifectawritingchallenge.com to see the word choices.)

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22 thoughts on “Centennial’s Cusp

  1. TNT says:

    I really enjoyed the environment you created here. The character gained a nice little bit of detail by the pat on the head of the smallest one. Great piece of flash fiction.


  2. steph says:

    My gosh, Christine. Your work floors me. The image of giving an alarum a pat… I love that. And the scent of musk, wrapped in the rhythm of a voice.. beautiful. I agree with Sahm’s comment.. your work deserves greater exposure and recognition.


  3. Kir Piccini says:

    Every word was just lyrical, we walked down the halls with the character.
    The last line stopped my breath, I loved the sensuality in it.


  4. Sahm King says:

    In a word…Potent. Are you a professional author by chance? There are some few of you floating about WordPress that read as if you have been writing books for years. What I mean is, the execution is impressive.


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