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Friday, February 4, 2011

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 25..... The Friday Post

Good Morning Blogosphere Friends!

Thankfully, it's finally Friday, the kids are back in school, though my house is a mess from having five people trapped inside it for four days.  Our cars are still stuck in the snow and ice, the only one able to move this morning was my husband's Jeep.  He ferried the kids to school, even went grocery shopping yesterday...  Ever notice when the guys shop, you spend twice as much money?  Never fails.  And everything is so expensive to buy here in our small town, but the roads to Mattoon or Charleston are still icy, and besides, I don't know which stores are power and which don't, still lots of power outages here.  In case you didn't know, Illinois experienced one of the worst winter storms in it's history.  We were fortunate, we had loads of ice, but only about four inches of new snow, Springfield had eleven inches of new snow, they're still out of school today.  I worry about the kids at school, because the power has been randomly turning off, but at least the school, the Red Cross has generators to keep the building warm during the outages.  Probably better there than here!

Well, anyway, it's time for the response to Monday's prompt picture.  It was another wonderful Luis Royo image, (Amy discovered this one had been used as part of the cover art for a book a few years ago).  I love the feel of this image, but I found it hard to write for.  Hope you enjoy what became a struggle to complete.

The Legend of Tolenado
by: Dottie Taylor
word count: 520

This had always been a place where she could find herself, not the warrior princess, just Alera. She crouched down, bending to brush her hand across the glass-like pool, ripples flowed away from her fingers. It always brought a feeling of calm, and it did once more. Alera rolled her shoulders, feeling the tension leaking away. But when she closed her eyes, the destruction replayed itself.

They had been attacked at dawn, the warning bell booming through the village as the invaders, pirates, roamed through the forest triggering Tolenado's defenses. As they had crept closer, the spikes surrounding the village sprung from the forest floor, and the first screams of death reached their ears. It wasn't the first time the village had been the object of an invader's desire.

Those who fell littered the ground, creating a crimson carpet of bodies for the others to cross, a bridge to the very edge of Tolenado. There, catapulting balls of fire were released, wiping out at least half of those trying to breach their borders, burning the pirates to crispy ashes. The magic created by their master wizards burned like hellfire through clothing, flesh, and bone in an instant.

The remaining forces struggled through the combination of bodies and ash pebbling the ground, screaming in outrage, the deaths had been costly, and not a single villager had made a strike against the invading force.

With rage pouring from their bodies, shaking with the need for revenge, the pirates entered the village where Alera waited with her warriors, their claymores fisted in both hands. Their village of Tolenado appeared to be a peaceful beautiful oasis in a land of darkness, but it was only because of their defenses that it remained so.

The first of the persisting invaders stumbled through their barriers, finding the village still resting. “Fools!” One of the bastards uttered, and Alera glanced around at her warriors, catching each eye, making sure each woman was ready for the fight to come.

As one, the warriors separated and encircled the encroaching pirates, bracing for the blood to flow. Upon seeing them, a few at the rear bolted back into the forest, but it was too late, Alera's warriors now surrounded them. There was no where left to turn except into the waiting arms of death.

The claymores began to swing, and the blood curdling screams followed. Each mighty swing brought certain death, and one by one the invaders fell. Within the time it took to draw several deep breaths, the conflict was over. It wasn't even a battle, it ended too quickly, leaving the bodies as it's only evidence.

The wizards came and magicked the bodies, blood and gore, to the coast where they were left as a warning for others, a lesson most learned, but a few still had to try. The spikes laid flat against the forest floor, catapults hidden away. Alera breathed a sigh, and headed back to the cave, where she found herself now. It was her responsibility to keep her home safe, Queen of the Warrior Princesses of Tolenado, fabled warriors of myths and legends of old.

So, that's my flash, I'm done trying!!  LOL  I should have let Amy pick this one, she's much better at it than I am!

If you chose to play along, I'll be by to have a peek at your flash!  And remember to join us again on Monday for another edition of

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge!

Everyone, remember to stop by Amy's and wish her good luck on her new job!!  She starts Monday morning, bright and early!!  
**Fingers Crossed Amy!!**  
Good Luck Sweetie!
All Good Wishes For Your New Job!!!


Michelle Greathouse said...


I loved it!! You went to the dark side - while B and I have gone to the bunnies. LOL

Maybe we'll get straitened out next week and you'll go back to your HEA's and B and I will tackle murder and mayhem. :)

Have a wonderful weekend - hope you guys stay warm in all that cold weather.


Amy C said...

Aww, shucks, Dottie! Thank you! I have to be there by 8:30 am. I'm not nervous, but I think when I get out of my car in the parking lot, I will be :).

Fabled warriors of myths and legends of old...I like that last line. Great job, Dottie. I was unable to come up with anything. It was a hard picture.

I'll have to see if I can find something for next week :).

Blodeuedd said...

Wohoo, you know I liked this one Dottie, isn't it great to walk on the dark side. I liked your warriors, and it made me wish I had written something like this :)

Take care in that weather, hopefully it will be better soon

Unknown said...

Hi Michelle!


I like the dark, but I'm usually not a fantasy person, and this feels an awful lot like fantasy, lol. B usually writes the fantasy friendly stories. What's strange is I hadn't meant to write something like this, I had something in mind totally different. But, when it came to write, I like you started three different times before my flash emerged. I found it very difficult to write for, it was a struggle for me.

We trying to stay warm here, I dread seeing the heating bill this month, I'll have to peek with one eye closed and from around a corner, otherwise, it was scare me to death!! LOL

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Amy!

Good luck at work Monday, I know it's going to be great for you!

This was definitely not the story I thought I was going to write, I started three different times, and still struggled! It was hard!

If you find something, let me know! Can't wait to see what you find!

(You're so much better at it than me! LOL)

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi B!

When I re-read what I'd written, I thought, oh well, B should enjoy this... lol... unfortunately, I don't do it as well as you!!

(And I loved your flash.. didn't expect it at all!)

We're keeping warm, but the heating bill is going to be outrageous. I'm cringing just thinking about it!!

Dottie :)

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