Friday, October 24, 2014

Spooktoberfest Flash Fiction & Celebrating Small Things

COVERGIRLS
The Rules: 

  • no more than 300 words
  • use commotion, chill, curse, cocoon, and virus
  • post between Oct. 24 and Oct. 28
  • follow the COVERGIRLS


In the legend, a curse befell a large, blue diamond, eventually called the Hope Diamond,  when someone lifted it from an idol in India. From then on anyone who touched that jewel had horrible luck or a horrible death. The stories are interesting, but most likely the Hope Diamond had nothing to do with those tragedies. However, this myth had everything I needed to jump start my Flash Fiction. I'm titling it. . . 



THE NEWBIE


 “It has been over three hundred years,” Sita shouted. The commotion in the chamber ceased, and her followers humbled themselves before her. “My patience is ended. One week, then I take charge.” 
     A deathly chill fell over the assembly. They cringed under her glare and didn’t move. Not one person doubted Sita’s power. She conjured curses that reached around the world—a virus in India, a plague in England, a revolution in France—all bringing lives to a sudden and horrible end. 
     Everyone knew she would wipe them out just as quickly, just as horribly if they didn’t finally restore her jewel.
     She stepped down from the dais and the congregation parted. They gave her a wide path and dared not raise their eyes. 
     The chamber echoed with the heavy thud of the doors closing behind their goddess.
     The eldest minister, looking pale, called his Jewel Recovery Committee to him. “My office. Now.”
     They huddled over the conference table, hatched schemes, then discarded them.
     “Been done.”
     “Ineffective.”
     “Too dangerous.”
     Then a new minister, Shanti, one steeped in magic and benevolence, raised his hand. “I think we should ask them to give it back.”
     “Ask?” The ministers inhaled as one.
     “Have you tried that?” Shanti asked.
     “Never.” They said.
     “Then how about, I give it a shot?”
     Nobody objected, but a lot of eye-rolling went on.
     The young minister caught the next plane to the U.S. When he arrived, he went straight to the Palace of Archives. There he asked for Sita’s jewel. The man in charge said no. 
     Shanti smiled and held out a tiny, glittery cocoon on his palm. “Give me the jewel, and I will give you something much more valuable.”
     The man inspected the object. “What is it?”
     “World peace.”
     Sita got her jewel back.

Visit some others and have some fun. Happy Halloween. 






VIKLIT

Celebrating Small Things


  • I'm almost ready for my trip to Myanmar (I prefer Burma and so does the U.S. government so it seems.)
  • My typhoid shot was painless with no side effects
  • I haven't had a computer glitch in three days.

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  1. World peace is definitely more valuable!

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    1. Loved your car tower. Had to offer up a title. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Oh thank you for that. I'll have a look later today!!

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  3. Does that mean when the cocoon opens, the butterfly of peace comes out?

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  4. Now we know why the titanic hit that iceburg. (The Jewel of the Sea? Heart of the Ocean? See what I did there...??? lol) But in all seriousness, great piece. :)

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    1. Yep. And I'll bet it had to do with that guy hanging by a rope in your character's room. Chilling story, DRC.

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  5. Enjoy Burma! Yea to no computer glitches. They drive me mad.

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn. Gotta pack pretty soon.

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  6. Oooooh, nice twist at the end. No wonder things have been going the way the are! Thanks for joining Spooktoberfest!

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    1. It was fun. Some good stories came out of this.

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  7. A Jewel Recovery Committee! Good one!

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    1. Glad you caught my tongue in cheek stuff, Catherine.

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  8. I LOVE that. Super awesome story, Lee. I'd love to spend more time with this wise Shanti.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. Old Shanti doesn't get a lot of attention in the world these days.

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  9. Hi Lee - great story and world peace is definitely worth the world and all its riches - what a swap. Very clever .. cheers and have a happy weekend - Hilary

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    1. Back to you, Hilary. Wouldn't it be nice if that cocoon existed and was easily traded for less valuable things?

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  10. Hi Lee - great story and world peace is definitely worth the world and all its riches - what a swap. Very clever .. cheers and have a happy weekend - Hilary

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  11. Excellent story!
    And, I love your celebrations! Have a wonderful trip!!!

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    1. Thanks, Tyrean. It's a scramble now to put stuff into a suitcase.

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  12. Such a fun bloghop, and a great little story!

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    1. Hope all is well at your house with your new baby. Seems like it is from your posts.

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  13. World Peace would be a Godsend!!! Have a fantastic trip!!!

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  14. I like such a simple solution, ask, and give a gift. Nicely written.

    Have a good trip.

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    1. It does sound simple. Just wish that were the case.

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  15. So well written, Lee! I'm not surprised though - your work is always a joy to read. I hope you have a pleasant and safe trip to Burma/Myanmar. Take pics and share! :)

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    1. Wow! Thanks, Lexa. That's very kind of you. I do have to pack, but just keep putting it off.

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  16. Great story. Enjoy your trip away, glad the shots were painless!

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    1. Shots are always the worst part of a journey.

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  17. A jewel is a great story starter, I think!

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  18. Loved the story and sounds fun blog hop.

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    1. Thanks for the visit. That's always great to hear from writers of romance--something I steer clear of writing. For good reason, too. I'm lousy at it.

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  19. Great job! YAY to Halloween stories. You've probably been told this before but you have a talent for realistic dialogue.

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie. It's always nice to hear when I get something right. You're the best.

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  20. Ha. I love the ending. That's perfect.

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  21. I didn't see that coming coming! Have fun on your trip :)

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  22. Ooh lovely ending! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  23. Yes, world peace would be more valuable than most anything. Great story. Your trip sounds great. Have a good time.

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  24. Loved the tale -hmm, wish I could believe that any government would trade something priceless for world peace. Cynic, me? Lol! Have a lovely holiday :) x

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  25. I think world peace is an excellent trade!

    Glad you are ready for your trip and that you have been having smooth sailing with the computer for a few days. Yeah!

    ~Jess

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  26. A cool ending to your story. Enjoy your trip.

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  27. Your story sounds awesome. Enjoy the trip.

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  28. The ending was perfect and sets the mood for you to continue. What a twist of fate!! Great entry!

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  29. Ahh, good ending. :)

    Have a safe trip!

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  30. That was a great story! I'd give the jewel back in exchange for world peace any day! I hope you enjoy your trip!

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  31. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes X million... to World Peace!
    Trip to Myanmar? Sounds great! Enjoy!

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  32. I'm ba ck again, just to say Happy Blitz :)

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  33. Nice piece!!! Thanks for participating in Spooktoberfest!

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  34. Great piece of flash fiction, Lee!

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