Cumulating Clouds

If cloud dreams came true, then I’d be there with you, in our own little home in the sky.

– Popular song, early Pyanni period

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Photo credit: Mike Powell

The clouds piled heavy over the city.  Linsalla saw her husband’s face in one.

If only she had realized, helped him sooner.

The cloud morphed into her father.  She chided herself.  All those years of Guild school, training her mind so rigorously, yet her imagination still bested her.

The clouds grew abnormally quickly, unnaturally purple.

Alarm bells rang in her head, then across the city.

Linsalla almost ran to the Guild before remembering her expulsion.

Only five remained—servants, friends—whom she had not destroyed or dismayed. Those, she would protect.

With her life.

“To the cellar! We’re under attack.”

Word count: 100

Linsalla is the main character in my novel, “The Curse of Corwallen Manor.”  I keep writing all these flash fiction pieces that have absolutely nothing to do with my novel, and worry that I’m giving my readers the wrong idea!  And then I write this, which also doesn’t happen in the novel.  But it could have.

Inspired by this week’s Friday Fictioneer’s challenge. Thanks as always to our fairy blog-mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields! See the original photo prompt below, and click here to see the other stories or to post your own.


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21 thoughts on “Cumulating Clouds

    • Hm, interesting idea, Rochelle! So far, the little bits and pieces are more about me fleshing out what the characters were like before the novel begins — backstory stuff — or what they’re doing “backstage” between scenes or chapters. This scene, for instance, would have happened before the novel begins, after Linsalla has just experienced the destruction of pretty much her whole life but before she hears that she’s inherited Corwallen Manor, when she’s near her lowest point and desperate.


  1. And there I was, still secretly hoping for The Flaming Lutes… 😉
    Great flash, very foreboding. She is one determined woman, and her backstory is interesting. I sometimes have the problem that I include a flash fiction into my wannabe-timeline and it throws the whole thing into a new direction. How can I ever finish anything, I wonder? I think Linsalla is an intriguing character already. FF is great for playing with ideas though, isn’t it?

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    • Ah good point, G — if The Flaming Lutes don’t show up in the novel (which I already said) they could still show up *before* the novel begins. Hm….

      Glad you liked the little hint about who Linsalla is! Hopefully I won’t get thrown in a new direction by any of my “extra” stories because yes, doing FF with my characters is fun. The thing I love most about flash fiction (versus novel) is how it can actually be FINISHED in one day. Whew!

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    • I actually already have the character pretty well fleshed out, but it’s fun to be able to introduce her to other people before the whole novel is ready (which will be a while). I was curious about why she evoked the Midas touch – because she feels she’s destroyed her family? Hm, interesting. Well, when you get to know her better, you’ll realize that she didn’t really destroy them. She just feels guilty for not stopping them from destroying themselves, because she thinks everything is her responsibility. The world on her shoulders!


  2. It’s a great idea to flesh out your characters by creating all your ‘ backstuff” for pieces of flash. It should really help you to get into your characters’ heads when you do write scenes from your actual book. I love the idea of the clouds morphing into the different faces and the regret it kindles in Linsalla.

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    • Thanks Millie! I really liked the idea of “cloud dreams” too — this sense that people can imagine almost anything (or anyone) in the clouds. The flash pieces are fun, but they don’t give me much room to explore. I’m working on a prequel chapter about something important that happened early in the novel’s timeline that doesn’t get shown in the novel itself, to flesh out the various characters’ reactions to it.

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