Photo © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
The old man glowered at the procession, muttering.
“Slight me, will you? You’ll regret it!”
He cradled an amorphous object, months in the making. With three magic words, he activated it. The final component: direct sunlight.
“Then, BOOM! You’ll notice that!”
A cloud obscured the sun. He waited for it to pass, panicking. Without sunlight… The object shivered, then dissolved. He screamed, cursing the gods.
In the royal cart, the taen squinted skyward. “A poor omen for her Seven Day?” He squeezed his daughter’s hand.
His advisor blinked, releasing the cloud. The sun shone brightly. “She’ll have a lovely day, m’lord.”
Word count: 100. Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Great photo, Rochelle!
UPDATE: Apparently this story sucks, because it confused everyone, even after I rewrote it. Oh well, can’t win them all! Here is my revised 100-word story that I hope at least makes sense. Spoiler alert — don’t look, if you’re still valiantly trying to figure out what the original story means:
A crazy man hates the king. He made a magic bomb. He wants to blow up the king and everyone else at a parade for the king’s daughter’s 7th birthday. He activates the magic bomb. To explode, it needs direct sunlight. A cloud covers the sun long enough for the magic to fail. The crazy man is upset. What happened? Luckily for the king, his advisor also knows magic, and saw what was happening. She controlled the cloud to block the sun, keeping the bomb from working. Happy ending for the king and his family, not for the crazy wizard.
The Seven Day celebration has come up before, and that time the bad omen had more dire consequences: Honeyed.
I haven’t had much time to post stories or read blogs lately. Too much work, mostly, but at least part of my absence was for a good cause — going to a fabulous writers’ conference, and doing work on my novel before and after that. (It was my second time at the Southern California Writers Conference, and I would definitely recommend to anyone in the area!)