#SwiftFicFriday – Week 2 Prompt

#SwiftFicFriday – Week 2 Prompt

Welcome to the new and improved word sprint writing prompt series – #SwiftFicFriday!

Last week was a resounding success, so let’s keep the party going.

If you missed the rules post, click here. Below is a quick rundown of what you need to know:

– The prompt will stay open for 30 mins. Use the time however you want.
– Include social media links/handles/anything you want to promote (Twitter, FB, etc) & word count in the comment with your submission.
– Submission must be between 150-300 words.
– All stories are property of the authors.
– Winner will be determined over the weekend via reader votes.

Ready, set, write!


Image by Jacek Irzykowski

Happy writing!

6 thoughts on “#SwiftFicFriday – Week 2 Prompt

  1. Waterfall, by Terry Brewer, @Stories2121, 297 Words.

    When dusk vanished below the horizon, she could emerge. The aliens had been on the prowl throughout the day. They were not as silent as they thought they were and she was in her cave before they came near enough to see her. One or two poked his head into the cave, but none ever braved entering it. Their torches showed only a rocky floor and narrow walls that quickly turned to the right. It had been searched shortly after they landed and found vacant. Those who went in the farthest, though, told of an eeriness and dankness that they would never volunteer to encounter again.

    It seemed innocent enough and their commander was always satisfied when he received the report that “nothing had changed since the prior inspection.”

    It had changed. She had found it. There was a slight opening above her deep in the cave and it allowed her to keep a very small fire for heat and cooking. She used care to minimize any smoke from reaching the surface. She used care to set a number of traps for anyone venturing past the curve-to-the-right in the wall just past the entrance. She knew she could not stay there much longer tough and was prepared to flee in one-week’s time. She did not know where she would go. But she knew the woods and knew that the aliens never ventured away from their camp at night.

    It was her time to be free. She was lucky. Tonight the sky was clear and a full moon was above the horizon. Its light set the waterfall aglow. She bathed. She did not know where she could go. But she could feel the cold, cascading water revitalize here and hoped it would tell her what to do.

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  2. After having the sun beat down on me all afternoon, I looked forward to finding the swimming hole, which was the sole reason I’d agreed to this hike. My neck is burnt and my legs are aching. Silvek had mislead me with his, “It’s a short hike to this gorgeous swimming hole. You’re going to love it!”

    “Listen, Kara! Do you hear that?”

    I listened, but all I could hear was the wind and the sound of my own breath hard in my ears.

    “Hear what?”

    “Shhh . . . listen. It’s the waterfall at the swimming hole. We’re almost there!”

    “Silvek! You’ve been saying we’re almost there all afternoon. It’s dark. We’d by damn better almost be there.”

    His rough laugh almost made me angry. Almost. He knows I can’t get angry with him.

    “This time, I promise, we are almost there.”

    As we rounded a bend the sound of the waterfall crashed into me. A few more steps and . . .

    My breath catches in my throat at the sight. The waterfall and pool are so clear they reflect the light of the moon, making them appear to be a blue fire.

    “Silvek,” it’s almost a whisper.

    He steps to my side, “see, I told you it was worth the hike.”

    214 words

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  3. The neon water shines in the dark, trees silhouetted on the banks. I’ve heard of the Neon River but it’s even more beautiful in person. My boss and best friend, Adrianna, stands beside me, dark purple hooded robes billowing in a breeze that follows her everywhere.

    The perks of being The One True Death.

    “So this is where I need bring her, then?”

    Adrianna nods. “It’s an old soul, been around since time Jesus was born. Reincarnation is technically a no-no, but she bowered some illegal mojo. Good luck.”

    Sighing, I follow her back to the Dark Plane, where my horse Destiny awaits. We take to the skies, seeking out one Margaret Adamonson of Avoca, Iowa. The Neon River prevents souls from exercising any powers or mojo they may have. The challenge is getting them there. I crossed one stubborn soul over only after she got to meet Jesus. I’m still waiting to see what the IOU is going to be on that one…she’s still trying to take over Heaven and he can’t get her to the Neon River.

    Landing in front of a giant, metal, man-made spider, I scan the area for Margaret. The human body she’s in will be fine. The goal is not to harm the human carrier, because the human doesn’t realize they’re hosting.

    Finally spotting the little black and white dog, I make sure I’m hidden and prepare my scythe. The moment they’re close enough I swing, and the human host stumbles a moment. Shaking her head, she gets her bearings, blinks, then continues walking. The soul glares at me from soulless black eyes. Moving quickly, I envelope the soul in a purple, paralyzing cloud and hurry to the Neon River. One down, three to go tonight!

    292 words

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    1. Unfortunately you missed the deadline, but this was a really fun piece! So much world building in so few words, it really feels like a piece of a much larger story. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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