Saturday, 20 July 2013

#SatSunTails - Iridescent Flame

Haven't written any flash fiction lately but decided to rectify that by taking part in this weekend's #SatSunTails challenge set by Rebecca Clare Smith (@jocastalizzbeth). The picture seemed to capture my imagination so all I had to do was set it free...

Today’s Word Prompt!

The following may be used as a sentence in your story OR provide a basis for it:-
“iridescent flame”
And the rules are simple write a story in 150 words (5 words either way allowed)

Maggie gazed upward into the heart of the iridescent flame burning as bright as her passion to escape.

But she wouldn’t leave yet, not without Tom by her side. 

Out of worry she tore at the skin by her thumbnail with her teeth, then squeezed until a jewel of blood appeared. If Tom were here he would gently clasp her hand to stop her self-destruction.

Finally he emerged from the far side of the clearing; he was not alone.

“Maggie, get the axe!” 

It weighed heavy in her hands as she watched the chase below play out in slow motion.

Tom reached the ladder, the huge bag strapped to his back made his climb unsteady.

Then one of the bandits pulled on the anchor rope, the balloon lurched.

Another jolt, Tom jumped into the basket; he uncurled her fingers from the axe.

With an almighty swing the cords were cut.

They were floating free.

1 comment:

  1. I like it! Although it does leave me wondering just what Tom had in that bag and whether it was worth the risk. Great opportunity to let us readers puzzle that out for ourselves, eh?