The Fluidity of Fear

Here’s my entry for this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.  Thanks as always to Rochelle for organizing FF, and to Jennifer for the photo!

canoe© Jennifer Pendergast

“Let’s go!”

Joran stared at the lake, the smoke rising from the opposite shore, the flimsy-looking canoe. He froze.

The fighter pushed him, laughing. “What doncha like—the rock giants, the fire blasts, or the part about not getting no reward?”

Joran berated himself. Now was no time for cowardice. He had worked too hard to prove himself to these two.

The archer followed Joran’s gaze to where it was stuck, deep in the water. She put a hand on Joran’s shoulder. “They need us.”

Magic words.

Joran climbed into the canoe, clenching both sides. “So, how does this work?”

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31 thoughts on “The Fluidity of Fear

  1. Nice! I like Joran. He’s not worried about fireblasts or rock giants but deep water is a real issue. Then, knowing someone needs him, he’s willing to face it anyway. That’s a “real” hero. Well done! 🙂

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    • Thanks Sandra! And I was trying to remember who’d said that. When I searched online after the fact, all I could find was George R.R. Martin’s version in one of his GoT books: “Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
      ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.” It’s a fine quote, but I knew I’d heard the same concept expressed well before that.


    • Yay, Joran! But Joran’s getting all the credit in these comments. I feel like I should give a shout out for the archer, who assessed the situation and knew exactly what to say to motivate Joran without embarrassing him about his phobia. Yay, unnamed archer woman!

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