If I had to describe myself, it would be in a word that has many meanings with a complexity which falls off the tongue.
A word made up of many elements, is deceptive in appearance, and creates an illusion from the imagination.
My word would be Phantasmagoric. ~Summer Ross

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lightning flashed Blogfest entry

Today through the 23rd Cherie is hosting the Lightning flashed blogfest.Thank you so much Cherie for hosting this fabulous event.


*If you are hoping for more blogfests- please check out my blogfest tab as I have updated it.

The rules.
1. Entries must begin with the two words: Lightning flashed.
2. Entries must be 300 words or less and be in prose. I'm not versed enough in poetry verse to judge it properly.
3. Entries must be posted on your blog between May 21 - 23.
4. You must sign up in the linky below to have your entry be counted.

On May 25, I will announce the six finalists and open voting through May 28th.

My entry: 300 words exactly.

Don't Call Me Witch

 
   Lightning flashed. I saw his face in the rigid outline of the night sky. His eyes searching the field, I ran. I would be at a huge disadvantage if he kept using tricks. Wizards, ha! Cheaters more like it. I dashed into the forest. My heartbeat rushed gulping breaths from my lips. My thighs burned with use, the muscles constricting as I willed them in place. If he caught me, the competition would be over.

   I probably shouldn’t have agreed to the contest in the first place, but Gregory pissed me off. I mean really, just because he’s a wizard, doesn’t mean he has the right to speak to me like I’m the scum suckling his precious toes. Of all the things he could have called me, it had to be witch.

I pushed my hands together and laced outspoken words with runic magic, gathering the spell inside my hand to a ball. When I felt the prickling on my fingertips, I opened my hands and looked into the glowing orb. Gregory was perched on a limb just inside the forest, about three big oak trees away. His body crunched up like an owl, his head twisting around his body looking for movement. If I find him first, I win. I crushed the ball in my hand.

   I took my time moving around the broken tree limbs and through parting oaks until my body slinked up to the tree he sat in. I looked up, his head still rounding his body, waiting. 

I whispered another spell. My heart hammered in my chest. I prayed to Odin he didn’t see me. The familiar tingle spread across my middle finger. I pointed it right at him and flicked and a light blue streak shot out towards Gregory. Lightning flashed. He was gone.

45 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Bye bye Gregory!!! Yay!! Loved the action here, thank you for sharing! Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He was gone? Was that a good or bad thing?

Chris Fries said...

Very nice. I enjoyed the way wizards and witches play hide 'n' go seek.

Tyrean Martinson said...

ooh - love how she sneaks up on him in the end! Plus, love your simile "like the scum sucking his precious toes." Nice job!

Donna B. McNicol said...

Nice lighthearted action, liked it!

Von L Cid said...

Thanks for sharing! I can really feel her her hatred towards Gregory.

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you for entering my 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Blogfest! The six finalists will be announced on Friday, May 25th. I will further comment on your entry on Thursday.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Wow your entry's really good. Short yet exciting. Exactly what flas fiction should nbe. My entry's more contemporary.

Summer Ross said...

Old kitty- Thank you.

Alex- I like reader interpretation :)

Thank you so much for your comments everyone! I appreciate them.

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Great entry! I liked the action. :) Best of luck!

Angeline Trevena said...

Oh that was so tense. Loved it, loved the image of him in the tree like an owl. Brilliant.

Christine Rains said...

That was nicely written. Great detail and hide-and-seek fun. I hope Gregory got what was coming to him!

stu said...

There's a nice sense of pace to it that fits with the action in this one.

LTM said...

awesome pace and tension! I liked the owl image and the crushing of the ball. Very cool! Great work, Summer~ :o) <3

Stephen Tremp said...

I assume this is a fairy. Lesson learned. Don;t mess with fairies!

Laura said...

Great story, I've never thought of Witches and Wizards playing hide and seek before! That would be so much more fun with magic involved :)

mshatch said...

ditto what Alex said; was he gone for good? or did he make himself gone?

Liked this :)

Andrea Teagan said...

I loved this! Great action and magic, plus a cool heroine :)

Andrea

Carol Kilgore said...

Great suspense building.

Lynda R Young said...

Ha! I enjoyed the story and the voice. And I love the line, "just because he’s a wizard, doesn’t mean he has the right to speak to me like I’m the scum suckling his precious toes".

Heather Murphy said...

I liked your combination of characters and thought it was funny that wizards are cheaters :)

Janel Gradowski said...

I think Gregory learned the lesson, that it isn't nice to call people names, a little too late!

Crystal Collier said...

Unique concept, and fun. Great job!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Oh, I liked this! Loved the phrase about suckling his toes.

Damyanti said...

Loved your piece. Missed out on this blogfest!

Michael Pierce said...

Gregory seems to be a slippery bugger. Fun story! :)

Danielle B. said...

I like her. I like her a lot. Gregory deserved it!

Tara Tyler said...

good for the witch! tense scene =)

Mary Maddox said...

Lots of action and suspense in just 300 words. I'm glad she won.

Jackie said...

Great descriptions here!
Like how they're using magic.
Well done!

Carolyn V said...

Love it Summer! Such great writing! Gregory should have been nicer. ;)

Charity Bradford said...

What a wonderful game of hide and seek. It could go so many different ways. Did she hit him, or did he escape?

Great descriptions!

Nephylim said...

Nice story. What have you got against Witches? :)

I'd like to read more of this story, it really drew me in. If you think of expanding it give me a nudge.

Diego Green said...

I'm thinking Gregory was never there to begin with. I'm thinking that our narrator better quick turn around or disappear fast. The game isn't over yet...

Allison said...

Intense! Great use of magic and fun :)

Allison (Geek Banter)

Jennifer said...

I have nothing constructive to say. Just that I liked it.

Rek said...

I enjoyed this. A lot of action and suspense. Poor Gregory, he never quite knew what was coming. Well done!

Elise Fallson said...

Yeah for magic! I like how you keep us guessing even at the end. Did she or didn't she get him? (: Great job!

Anna Smith said...

Oh my goodness is he dead? :)

Mina Lobo said...

I'm chiming in on the admiration for the line, "...like I’m the scum suckling his precious toes." Loved, too, that she used her middle finger to do the wizard in! :-)
Some Dark Romantic

T said...

I know someone already said this, but there really was a lot of action contained within just 300 words! I do love the cliffhanger ending, as well. :-)

Julie DeGuia said...

Fun concept with the hide-n-seek, but intense as well with the revenge theme thrown in!

sjp said...

Loved the description and imagery around the spell casting, made it more enticing

Jamie Gibbs said...

I love the bitterness of her character. Nice use of magic too :)

Cherie Reich said...

Yay! Loved the voice in this piece, and I liked how you revolved the story back to the “Lightning flashed.” Great job!

I'll announce the finalists tomorrow.

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