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The Keep – Flash #2

Here is another Flash. The prompt for this flash was a first line provided by another member of my writer’s group. The prompt was: “The cat tensed and then leapt…”

The hunting cat tensed and then leapt for Yursi’s throat. Yursi dodged but the agility of the cat allowed one paw to swat Yursi on the back as it flew past. The additional momentum threw Yursi to the ground. Before she could come to her knees, the cat was on her.

One paw on her chest and one on her right arm effective pinned Yursi underneath the one hundred and fifty pound animal. The cat bared its fangs and hissed as only a cat can. Its fetid breath made Yursi gag which spoiled the spell that was on her lips. Yursi struggled to force the cat off but it was too strong. The cat’s gapping jaws reached toward Yursi’s face. Yursi closed her eyes as she could not imagine this would be her death.

The rough tongue started at Yursi’s chin and, in one long lick, covered her face with cat drool. Yursi opened her eyes. The cat still pinned her in place but it seemed to be smiling.

     “That’s enough.”

     The voice sounded frail yet the cat obediently moved off Yursi and walked a few strides away. It then sat down and began grooming itself.

     Yursi rolled to her feet and looked around for the source of the voice. Leaning against the trunk of a large oak tree was an old man about Yursi’s height. Thin grey hair covered his head and his angular jaw had grey stubble.  A curved pipe was clamped between his lips and a column of blue-grey smoke curled lazily up into the tree branches above.


Posted by on February 15, 2012 in Short Stories


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The Keep – teaser

It’s about time I put something I wrote on this site. This is a flash using the main character from my short story. This may turn into the opening scene of another short story. We’ll have to see how it goes.

The two blades came together, one brilliant white, the other dull black. The instant they touched a ray of blue-white flame erupted from the union of steel and streaked toward the undead creature. The ray slammed into the creature’s chest with enough force to drive it back two steps. Ancient wrappings burst into flame. A slender woman watched the mummy thrash about as the conflagration engulfed it. The mummy collapsed and quickly turned to ash.

  Yursi Sonal brushed a stray black curl out of her dark eyes taking care not to cut off her nose with the white dagger. She looked back to the two other mummified bodies sprawled on the ground. A few moments before they had tried to kill her, now, neither one moved. Her breathing began to return to normal as she realized there were no more targets for her spells. As the excitement of battle wore off, her shoulders slumped.

  “You ignorant slug,” Yursi hissed to herself. “Why would you choose a cemetery as a good place to rest after dark?” I must be tired. I should be dead.

  Yursi continued to look about as she slid the two daggers into their sheaths. The waxing moon peaked above the horizon and was not quite covered by the incoming clouds, so Yursi could still tell what direction she needed to travel.

  “I guess I’ll sleep when I get to the keep.”

  Yursi shrugged into her rucksack, threw on her wool cloak, and put the cemetery behind her. She did not notice the pair of yellow eyes watching her from the treeline.


Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Short Stories


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