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Possibilities

The dead man’s eyes stared.

“They want to kill you,” said Jax. “They want to frame you. Or they want to win you back.”

I shuddered. “I don’t know which frightens me more.”

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This post is part of the Jade Dragon series. It follows  Thorns, and was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge Trifextra weekend prompt:

The Rule of Three is a writing principle that asserts that, in writing, groups of three have the most impact. This week’s challenge is to write 33 words using the Rule of Three somewhere among them.  It is up to you to interpret the rule, just make sure to use exactly 33 words.

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After the Ball

The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction.  She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be.

The slipper went on easily, of course. She forced a smile for the prince. She should have known the story’s ending when she felt the cool marble underfoot. She’d only wanted to dance.


This post was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge  weekend Trifextra prompt:

For this weekend’s challenge, we’d like you to read the 33 words below and then add 33 of your own words to move the story along.  Have a great weekend and good luck!

The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction.  She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be.

I wanted to do something clever – mix my words in with the words given, change the order of things, that sort of thing. After all, the editors just said “add 33 words of your own.” They didn’t specify where. But this response just came to me, and I decided to go with the flow rather than wrestle with something “clever.”

Caught

 

HookWith a crook of a finger and a crooked smile  you fished my heart out from its tranquil sea. Oh, how easily I was gulled into believing you, into leaving my familiar waters.


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

Write a 33-word response using the name of an animal as a verb. 

Summer Night

One raucous country night I taught my city-bred son that the crickets were chirping his name. We caught frogs. We chased a mouse. I found the heart of my heart in his smile.


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

You should write a creative response using the third definition of the given word. You must use the word in your response, and you must use it correctly. Your response can be no fewer than 33 and no more than 333 words. This week’s word is:

HEART (noun)
1: a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood
2: a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a red heart
3: personality, disposition <a cold heart>

I have been away from computers and cell phones for the last 10 days or so. We just spent a week in the Catskills with great friends, and even though we had internet access, I couldn’t bring myself to burst the idyllic little bubble we shared in order to post. I look forward to getting back into a writing rhythm this weekend with the next Trifextra challenge. In the meantime, this short (and hopefully sweet) post sums up “what I did on my summer vacation.”

The Lion and the Cat

Lion licking his lips

A cat once pursued a lion.

“What do you want, little one?”

“To be loved by you.”

“Ah,” said the lion, “Excellent.” And he ate her up, whiskers and all, with great delight.


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

Tell us an original fable in exactly 33 words.

The moral of this story is, of course: be careful what you wish for.

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