This week for the Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (#WQWWC) the theme is Autumn.
The quote I chose is by George Eliot:
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. George Eliot.
There is something truly magnificent about autumn, and though we Brits don’t celebrate the holiday, it is a time for thanksgiving. For the glorious colours that explode to life, even in death. For the rich and pleasant smells, the wind on your cheeks, the fire in the hearth, and the warm drinks shared with friends.
I found myself inspired by the theme, so I created a few images to (hopefully) entertain you.
My inspiration for the piece of flash fiction has its roots in my current project. Eventually I will get back to my other works but, as you probably know, I have lived and breathed the Collective for the last six months. I went in a different direction, and used a goddess (of autumn), a completely new character who is surprisingly vocal considering she’s only been in my head for a day!
I’m considering a new series for the blog, and have been itching to find an opportunity to break the fourth wall – this might be it!
There was a time when committing an act of hubris meant great suffering, and death. Not anymore. In Nearyon, arrogance and pride are applauded, and coercion will probably earn you a pat on the back.
Given the sorry state of affairs, I should not have been surprised that a bunch of upstarts who call themselves mercenaries for hire took me from my home. The kind who, if gathering brain cells was as easy as reaping a harvest, they should be filling their boots. And the worst part – aside from the fact they’re idiots – they take cues from a damn playbook. I mean, seriously, they should get it over with and set up their own club – HubrisRUs.
Okay, so maybe I’m a tad bitter because I haven’t figured out a way to escape, but still, my jailers don’t even have powers to speak of. No. What they have is powerful friends with the ability to dampen a god’s power. I should be flattered that they took extra precautions with me (I’m Thera by the way – in case you were wondering), and put me in a cell that is guarded against earth magic. Which kind of sucks, since my power links to the elements.
Still, I’m not completely defenceless. It took me three days to recover from the dampening spell, but it was worth the hours I spent plotting my revenge. The instant I came back online, I discovered a weakness (did I mention my jailers are idiots?) and, though I couldn’t pinpoint my location, I did manage to escape for a short time using astral projection.
I’m not going to lie, it didn’t exactly go according to plan. My sisters have the same ability, and give that they had been searching for me, the moment our connection snapped back into place they projected too. We sort of passed on the astral plane like ships in the night. It’s one way to find entertainment, I suppose. When you’re stuck inside a box it’s hard to find things to laugh at.
So, now it’s a waiting game. I can’t get out, but my sisters will find a way to get in, and together we will wreak havoc. As an added bonus, I will free all the other prisoners and we might even create our own playbook – 101 Ways to Exact Revenge. Not particularly inventive, but let’s just say I have a one track mind.
It didn’t really go anywhere, except as an introduction of sorts. It’s my first attempt at finding the right tone for the story and I wanted to keep it under 500 words. It’s a work in progress shall we say 😉
Thanks for stopping by
Thanks also to Colleen and Ronovan for inspiring us each week.
26 responses to “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Waiting Game”
Mel, your images are simply stunning. As always, your writing speaks to me! A goddess… of autumn! I love it. I am intrigued on where you will go from here. Take me away to your land far away! ❤
I guess I had the sisters from Greek mythology in my head, but with a twist of course! 🙂 I’m so glad you liked the photos I chose. Thanks, Colleen 🙂 ❤
Always a pleasure, Mel. ❤
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Mel’s visuals of autumn are spectacular… AND, take a sneak peek at a new character she is sharing – A goddess of Autumn! Had to share! ❤
Thanks, Colleen 🙂 You do inspire us with these Wednesday challenges and autumn is such a spiritual season! ❤
Absolutely, Mel. ❤
splendid! simply splendid! ❤
Thanks, Annette. That’s so kind ❤
Goddess of Autumn, I love it!! Your writing is so entertaining and your images are inspiring. I love autumn!!
Thanks, Oliana 🙂 I love autumn too. It’s such a magical season, I couldn’t resist exploring the new character!
Very intriguing character!!
I’m glad you think so 😀
This definitely puts me in the Autumn mood, Mel. I’ve been cold all day, an overcast sky. Not like California summer at all!
The weather here is odd, too. I thought a little colour might perk people up!
Great visuals! I love the idea of a goddess of Autumn as well 😊
Thanks, Callum. The number of images related to the season is a sight to behold! 🙂
Wonderfully creative images. This is my favorite season and I love to imagine a Goddess of Autumn.
Thank you – I love to imagine her too! 🙂
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You are so very creative. Your visual images are magnificent.
Thank you so much 🙂
served them right! loved the story.
I’m so glad 🙂 Thank you.
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Hi Melissa! I love how you included all the senses in your post. Beautiful words and images make me excited for autumn to come. 😉 xx
Thanks, Vashti 🙂 I’m excited too xx