Category Archives: Fantasy

Dawning Knowledge [fiction 301]

Eyes in the sky

He’d heard the stories of the shapeshifters, but no one could actually say they’d seen one. Their existence was embedded in the culture, whispered into malleable minds by fearful grandmothers. Everyone knew the shifters would seduce a man and then kill him; everyone had been warned to stay out of the forest at night. Perhaps that would be common wisdom regardless, but knowing the creatures lurked in the shadows gave the caution an extra dose of urgency.

Yet, he’d gone away to school, one of the few who had left and returned, and he’d studied science and history. He realized there was no such thing as a woman who could change form into a jungle cat. A more believable legend about the forest however was that it contained a cache of buried treasure from back when pirates abounded. It also made sense that someone didn’t want anyone to find it. Could that be the basis of the “warning” regarding shapeshifters? He thought it was likely.

So, one night when the moon was full, he went into the forest, fearless because he was armed with education and logic. He had a compass and an old map he’d found in his grandfather’s chest. The map was yellowed and torn, but he followed it best as he could, hacking his way through the bramble until he found the clearing. A pool gleamed silver in the moonlight, with lilies floating on top. He walked to the north side where there waited a huge boulder, as depiccted on the map. He began to dig, hour after hour, until dawn’s light yellowed the sky. Then his shovel hit something solid, metal clanging against metal, and he grinned.

As he wiped his sweaty face, a soft hand landed on his shoulder.

“Need some help?” purred a sultry voice.

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Written for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt.

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Share the Wealth

SYW

Melanie starts off the week with a new set of questions…

1. What should you get rid of, that would make your new year better, and why? (Don’t say Covid-19, we all want to get rid of the dang virus)

I would like to dump my losing streak at the Mega Millions lottery this week and cash in, baby! 💰

2. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Buy a Mega Millions ticket and a Powerball ticket at the same time, w00t!

3. Does your family have a “motto” – spoken or unspoken?

“Don’t gamble.”

4. On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are? (this does not mean ‘smell’ or looks; because this is a judgment free blog!)

I’m hilarious and also egotistical, so 11.

5. Tell everyone something that you found personally lifted your spirits!

I made $5.15 on Medium last month! 🤩✨

Snoopy writing

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©️2021 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

High Stakes Poker [flash 125]

Playing cards

Satan shuffled the cards and glared at the other players. “Hellfire will rain down upon any cheaters in this game. I’m looking at you, Drac.”

“What can I say?” The vampire shrugged. “I’m just lucky tonight.”

Goddess Gaia rolled her eyes and popped a candy in her mouth. “Bring it, big boy. I need to schedule some earthquakes and tsunamis with Poseidon, so this is my last round. You know how cranky he gets.”

Ending on a high note, Goddess?” Satan nodded toward her pile of chips. “Or maybe you’ll go bust.”

Gaia glanced at the cards he had just dealt to her and smiled. “We’ll see.”

“Enough bantering.” Dracula shoved a huge pile of chips to the middle of the table. “I’m all in.”

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©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

These Shoes [flash 99]

Glittery shoes

There she was again, talking to the shoes. What a strange thing for a beautiful girl to do every afternoon. The craftsman knew he shouldn’t speak to her, but he couldn’t resist.

Princess Titania shrugged off his question. “An evil wizard turned my lover into a pair of shoes when I refused to marry him. He said that Michael was fit only for me to step on.”

“They are… lovely footwear,” the craftsman said.

“Honestly, I think he looks better as shoes.”

“Many do, milady.”

“Mm.” She gazed at his shabby clothes and worker’s tools. Her eyes widened. “Indeed.”

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Written for the Carrot Ranch.

©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

The Return [flash 100]

Hallway

And when I return, after a long time, there is nothing. I don’t know what I expected from this place where we loved, lived, laughed, died, but it clearly wasn’t this desertion. Everything is gone: the piano, the bar, the dance floor, the glittering lights, the mirrors. There is no shard of glass to cut through memory’s membrane. All my thoughts stay bound up tight, indistinguishable from one another, as I float into the open hallway. We used to smoke out here, before the bullets came. I can no longer cry, but I can blend into the walls and wait.

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Written for 50 Word Thursday.

©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Milkshake [flash 327]

Dena approached her friend Misty at the lunch counter. “Hey Misty! What are you so dressed up for? And why are you sitting all alone with that untouched milkshake? Drink up!”

“Hi Dena.” Misty fluffed her hair. “I’m on a diet. The milkshake is a prop because I’m waiting to be discovered. This is where all the Hollywood agents come to find new talent. I want to go on the stage!”

“Do you really believe that?” Dena asked. “I mean, maybe fifty years ago…”

Misty’s eyes sparkled energetically. “It’s still true! I read it in Starstruck.”

“Those magazines are all liars,” Dena said. “Why don’t you come to a Christmas party with me? That’ll be so much more fun than sitting here by yourself dreaming about a fantasy.”

Misty shook her head. “Sorry, I can’t. I need to stay here. But can you watch my spot for a minute while I go to the restroom?”

“Sure.” After Misty walked away, Dena tried the milkshake. Yummy!

“Hello there,” a handsome man in a suit said to Dena. “Are you interested in being in a movie? You’ve got the exact look we need for Harry Potter, Return of the Sacred Cows.”

“Well, I…” Dena began. “This isn’t really my milkshake. You see–“

“Call me.” The man handed her a card. “I’m late for a meet with Brad Pitt. He’ll be your costar–an evil wizard who owns the magical dairy.”

Dena pulled out her phone and quickly googled the information on the card for her own protection… And the guy was legit! She could quit studying boring marketing at the university and pursue this opportunity instead. Hurrah!

Misty returned to the counter. “Maybe I will go to that party, Dena. I guess no one will be searching for new talent on Christmas Eve.”

“Gotta go, Misty.” Dena waved as she ran off.

That was rude. Misty sat down and stared at the milkshake. Maybe she should have ordered pie.

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Image credit to Unsplash.

Bloggerz 5

Bitmoji Christmas

Rory’s done it again, peeps ~ given us 12 wacky questions, that is! Please note that my title reflects only how many “12 Bloggerz” I have participated in, not how many exist. 😜

1. When not specifically following ‘set’ directions everyone has a favourited direction they prefer to walk in – which is yours left or right and why do you think you always want to go that direction first?

Right. Because I’m right. Also, I’m right-handed. In Australia, I’d likely go left… and probably be bitten by some nasty venomous creature. 🐍

2. What’s the creepiest thing that has ever happened to you – irrelevant to your personal beliefs – just something that creeped you out – and yet you simply couldn’t explain it?

All this grey hair and cellulite lately… what is happening omg?!

Creepy

3. Who are your top five actors/actresses and what is special about them to you?

Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock. They’re great, that’s why.

4. Which prompts do you participate in weekly with your blog – please list?

I host the Monday Peeve and Thursday Inspo. I almost always participate in Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday, Melanie’s Share Your World, Fandango’s Provocative Question, and Linda’s SOC Saturday. Other prompts I do as time and mood permit.

5. Have you taken the 16 Personalities Test and if so – what Personality Type are you and how accurate is it to you?
Free Personality Test

I just took it, not realizing it was a Meyers-Brigg thing. Again, I confirmed I’m an INFJ. Supposedly, this is the rarest type ~ the Advocate. Some of the description fits me and some doesn’t. I am introverted and passionate and picky, but I have no interest in any of the “helping” careers. They have way too much contact with people.

INFJ Advocate

6. Are you easily embarrassed – when was the last time for you?

Yes. Too embarrassed to say…

7. Has anything shocked you in the last 6 weeks to the point where you have gasped out aloud – if so what was it and if not, then when was the last time you were terribly shocked by something?

Yes, last week at my daughter’s. We thought we saw a giant bug on her wall, but it was just two spiders tangled up. 🕷🕷

8. If you have one what is your signature dish and if you don’t have one what would you love to be able to cook wonderfully well?

I like to make layered bean dip for parties.

Layered bean dip

9. Strangest or wildest place you ever had the most amazing sex in or on maybe, even around …….?

My imagination…

10. Why is it healthy to flirt with people you have no intention of doing the naughty with and how often do you flirt with people you know or even don’t know?

Because flirting can be creative and fun. I don’t do much of it these days though.

11. Can you list 9 things that you can ride in, on or with?

Car, train, bus, trolley, scooter, surfboard, horse, camel, elephant. 🐘

12. Are you on Santa’s Naughty or Good list and if you are – what have you asked for from either?

Good List. I would like socks, thank you!

Christmas bear

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©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Family Circle [flash 300]

Leafy stone doorway

Shelline had been warned to stay away from the door. Her blind grandmother had related tales of horror that supposedly occurred behind the leafy stone walls. “It’s a devil’s garden,” Nana had whispered hoarsely late at night when Shelline couldn’t sleep. “And a labyrinth to darkness from which there is no escape except by sacrificing that which you hold most dear. How do you think I lost my eyesight?”

But it had been a year of terrible adversity with the death of Grandmama in January and Shelline’s parents in the summer. The creditors would soon come to take this house and gardens, and Shelline would be shipped off to nasty Aunt Philippa. Shelline began to cry again as she wandered back to the stone wall and the vine-covered doorway. What could be worse than this life, she decided.

The air beyond the door was damp and cool, smelling faintly of mint. This isn’t so bad, Shelline thought… maybe I could stay here and be happy. A brook with bubbling fresh clear water caught her attention and fruit trees abounded. Beyond them, she discerned a vegetable garden and skipped off to investigate further. A scampering golden puppy joined her, licking her hand with its warm tongue.

“I shall name you Angel!” Shelline told the puppy as it wagged its sweet little tail.

Shelline and Angel strolled through rows of tomatoes and cucumbers and strawberries galore. Down the line was a scarecrow, but he wasn’t the least bit scary and bluebirds twittered around him. Angel woofed at the birds and Shelline giggled. Further back was a hut that seemed to be filled with gardening supplies.

As Shelline and Angel walked around the wooden structure, a familiar figure greeted them. “What took you so long?” hissed Aunt Philippa. “There’s much work to do.”

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Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge 101 (double the word count, oh well… I’ll follow the rules next time)

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5 Things Picnic Style

Five kittens

Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things prompt by asking about our preferred picnic items.

1. We have to begin with a lovely loaf of fresh bread, naturally.

Bread

2. That leads us down the path to mmm brie! So creamy and smooth. It’ll be delicious on our bread.

Brie

3. We’ll need an interesting salad…

Salad

4. What would a picnic be without an array of juicy, sweet fruits for dessert?

Fruit platter

5. Finally, let’s not forget the company. No one wants to picnic alone!

Man on picnic

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Smoky Share

Share Your World

Happy Moonday! Hope your air isn’t as horrible as California’s. Melanie continues with a double dose of Q’s for this week…

Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions:

1. You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete?

Wax the car! Paint the house! But seriously, since California is my home, I think this wand should magically clean our air from smoke and our water from pollution.

2. At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase?

Hello darkness, my old friend…

3. In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it?

Pour it on a lottery ticket.

bitmoji bonus

4. You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need?

Give it to a daughter.

Melanie’s Mundane Muggle Questions:

5. If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place? Why?

Worse. Just look at Twitter and FB! Yuck. People need to relearn what polite topics of conversation are. Hint: not religion and politics. The world doesn’t need to see all your ugly and hateful feelings… repress those suckers.

6. Can achieving nothing make a person happy?

By “a person,” I take it to mean me, and I say no. People who answer yes aren’t homeless and starving.

7. How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?

You don’t, nor is there any guarantee they’ll love you till they (or you) die. It’s always a gamble.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always this is optional)

Please feel free to write about or share an image of something you’re grateful for!

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©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Images credited to Melanie and Bitmoji