Fall with Me

Here we are, just we two
Perfect twinkling drops of dew
Clinging in the morning sun
Our wish is not to be undone.

Let us pause a moment here
Drink our perfection crystal clear
Reflecting worlds upon each other
To ensure we will remember.

But time it tugs in slow progression
Still I feel your hesitation
Do not fear the fall my dear
Tiz the very reason we’re hanging here.

Yes, here we are, it’s just us two
Perfect twinkling drops of dew
So my love please fall with me
Together we’ll become the sea.

The Frightening of Emily Bean: Attempt Number Two

Becoming a full-fledged demon was not an easy a task as one might imagine and Moribund the Shadow Thing was attempting demonhood. His target had unnerved him so utterly upon their first encounter he disappeared into the abyss entirely.

Now, it was time to try again.  He must frighten Emily Bean or risk losing his chance altogether.  He slithered from under her closet door and arched himself most sinisterly over her.

“Read me a story,” Emily smiled, flicking on her nightlight.

Moribund sagged.  Not again.  That cherub’s face…

Opening the book, he sighed,‘What was the rabbit late for,’ wondered Alice.”

Maybe this demon-thing wasn’t in the cards.

The above is my entry for the 100-Word-Challenge. The prompt this week was writing a piece with ….‘What was the rabbit late for,’ wondered Alice….. in it.  Next week the last line of each entry will be taken by another writer and used as a prompt for that challenge.

To see other entries, and more installments of this saga, go here.

Don’t Open the Red One

The red box sat on the toadstool tempting as a strawberry.  Next to it was its twin, less noticeably brown.  Herp The-Not-So-Clever Dwarf pondered this boxy mystery as the woodsy-shadows grew longer.  Even his ever-wandering eye stopped wandering; mesmerized.

“What do you suppose is inside?”  he asked Derp, his twin brother.

Derp was rear-to-him and busy wrestling a salamander from under a log.

“Whatever you do, don’t open them,” he grunted.

Too late.  Herp had vanished into the woods, a flurry of scurrying feet wailing like a siren as the contents of the red box pondered Derp’s behind with glowing eyes.

The above is my entry for the 100-Word-Challenge. The prompt this week was “…the red box…”

To see other entries, and more installments of this saga, go here.

Clowns and Shadows…and Herp

Moribund The Shadow Thing made his way, slithering from shadow to shadow among the clowns in the little room.  Their bawdiness was quieted by moonlight to blues and blacks.  This was his realm.  He grinned.

Closer to the sleeping child he crept.  The foolish clowns held their breath, waiting for the scream to shatter the night.  He leaned closer…

Light exploded into the room.  Gaudy colors shrieked through his brain and then all went dark.  Blinded.

“Herp, for Pete’s sake!” he hissed at the clueless dwarf.

“But I turned it off!”

The clowns laughed harder and Herp ran.

The above is my entry for the 100-Word-Challenge. The prompt this week was “…but I turned it off…”

To see other entries, and more installments of this saga, go here.


The Wooden Horse-Beastie

Photo courtesy of Julia's Place

The dwarf twins, Derp and Herp, stood pondering the object.  It perplexed them both, which wasn’t necessarily a hard thing to do.  Derp absent-mindedly rubbed his toad-stool nose and Herp’s roving eye wandered in a different direction entirely.

Derp broke the silence first.

“A horse-beastie made out of wood is an odd thing to find.”

Herp blinked his good eye and tried to look at it harder.  His bad eye was too busy watching a butterfly.

“I wonder how fast it goes?”  Herp asked.

Derp resisted the urge to slap his forehead and rolled his eyes.

“Does stupid hurt, Herp?”

The above is my entry for the 100-Word-Challenge. The prompt this week was the photo posted above.

To see other entries, and more installments of this saga, go here.

From Zombies to Orange Chicken: The First 50 Lines Challenge

Thanks to Char at Joy in the Moment, I discovered a fun new writing contest.  If you’re in the mood to exercise your creativity, I encourage you to drop on over to TheAccidentalNovelist where this contest is being sponsored for more information.  The name of the contest is “The First 50 Lines Challenge”.  Unfortunately Round 1 is over, but today marks the first day of Round 2 and its still open to newcomers.

The Round 2 Challenge is to take the 5 winning first sentences from Round 1 (if you’re just now entering the challenge) and construct an opening paragraph for each, writing as quickly as possible without stopping.  Then choose your top 3 and submit them under the comments section of Round 2 at TheAccidentalNovelist blog.  This round is open until March 5th.  Winners will be chosen and names will be placed in a drawing for a chance to win some prizes!

The 5 winning sentences from Round 1 are:

  1. Nothing was tastier than brains, not that he could remember any other flavour.  (by Esther Jones)
  2. Nobody wanted to claim the abandoned baby on the hill. (by 4AM Writer)
  3. There’s no such thing as a good day in Antarctica. (By Annie Cardi)
  4. If you destroy someone’s life, they’re yours forever. (By Annie Cardi)
  5. I blame everything that happened on orange chicken. (By Char)

My 5 paragraphs in no particular order are:

Nothing was tastier than brains, not that he could remember any other flavour.  It was both the perk and the downfall of being a zombie.  Burt The Undead pondered this a moment, searching the hollow of his cranium for what troubled him in it.  It was like trying to catch a fish in a barrel.  Sure, you might lose an errant limb or ear, but the hunger for sweet, delectable, warm, rubbery brains was something you just couldn’t deny.  Unfortunately the living didn’t give them up easily and they obviously didn’t understand.  The difficulties of being the animated dead were lost on them.  A zombie can’t run after them.  And reasoning with them?  Forget it.  Humans never listened and zombies have rotten tongues.  All you can do is hobble along on rotten limbs, watching pieces of yourself drop off, and groan.  He wondered if it was this underuse that made those brains so sweet.  He drooled as a bit of his chin fell into his lap and decided to put his thoughts away for another time.  It was time to hunt for dinner.

Nobody wanted to claim the baby on the hill.  Nothing good came down from that place.  Not even the crows and coyotes ventured up there anymore, much less the townsfolk.  They all had good reason, as Billy Clements was remembering now.  No one had gone up there since the bizarre murders of the Foreman family more than a year ago.  The house had been quickly and quietly abandoned as soon as the sheriff finished his investigation.  They all wanted to forget but the hill wouldn’t let them.  Those strange lights and murmurs where there should be none kept folks turning their eyes away from it.  Still, he had no choice.  He had to go up there.  No one else would.  The moon, as if sharing his anxiety, slipped behind a cloud and darkness fell across the road like a dirty pall.  Billie took a few steps up the dusty road and the night insects fell silent.  The wailing started again, even more eerie in the strange silence.  It raised the hairs on the back of his neck and he shivered.

There’s no such thing as a good day in Antartica.  For starters, the days either stretch on interminably into white bleakness for months at a time or are nonexistent for much the same.  Then there’s the cold.  It’s not an “oh gee, we sure are having a cold snap” kind of winter plains cold.  No, not at all.  This was more like a “the skin on my face is frozen and I’m afraid if I touch it, it’ll shatter” kind of cold.  Maybe cold wasn’t even the right word for it.  Hell with a broken thermostat was more like it.  But, there I was and there was research to do.  The reports of fresh tracks had come in just prior to my arrival and it was up to me to determine what made them.  Unfortunately, the locals were about as frosty as everything else and cooperation was at a premium.

“If you destroy someone’s life, they’re yours forever.”   The words bounced around inside Samantha’s head like rubber balls as the bus trundled down the crumbling highway, heading for the coast.  Her forehead banged against the cool window glass in a steady rhythm to its rocking and it was somehow comforting.  The large woman sitting beside her had thankfully finally fallen asleep.  She had plagued Sam with constant questions the first hour; questions she didn’t want to answer.  She didn’t want to talk or think.  She didn’t want to remember Rob and what she had done.  She didn’t want the image of the stricken look on his face burned forever into her brain when she told him it was over.  He hadn’t said a word.  That horrible broken expression in his eyes was the only reaction he’d allowed her and it hurt.  She wasn’t even allowed the emotional release of an argument.  He had just stood there as she picked up her bag and walked away.  She squeezed her eyes shut as the tears pressed and burned against them.  The woman beside her began to snore dryly and Sam’s misery poured finally poured down her face like bitter rain.  She watched the performance in her reflection.

I blame everything that happened on orange chicken.  The train was late, it was raining, and dinner was condemned to be a disaster before I could even set foot inside my door.  And, of course, everything hinged on the main course.  The culmination of the last 5 years of blood, sweat and tears rested on impressing Lee tonight and that chicken, my mother’s recipe and my specialty, was going to be the soul-stealer and deal clincher.  Like the rain beating its cold insistent little fists against my umbrella, my anxiety hammered against my chest.  I looked at my watch for the twentieth time.  There would never be enough time.  All that hard work was rushing down the sidewalk and into the gutter along with mydreams.  I would just have to cancel everything.

I have to admit this challenge wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, but it did give me the opportunity to stretch myself a little bit and take directions I might not usually choose.  It also opened a whole treasure trove of ideas for other writing projects.  It’s really fun!  Why not join me?

Hope in a Sklortch

Moribund The Shadow Thing hovered in the dusty gloom of the attic licking his wounds.  They were still raw after the Valentine’s Day Disaster.  He draped himself over the rafters like a sullen cob web and swore off females for the 302nd time.

“Love.  PAH!” he spat.

Something down in the darkness sklortched.


His heart flew into his throat and fluttered there like a moth.  It was Glenda Gloop.  She had come from the under the sink.  Up here.  Looking for him.  Conflicting emotions burned like a cinder.  What should he do?

Unexpected hope exploded.


Eyes closed, he leaped…

The above is my entry for the 100-Word-Challenge. The subject this week was “taking a leap of faith.”

Previous 100-word installments in the Moribund saga:

Toad Slide

The dwarves were under the wood pile again.  The Valentine’s Day disaster had passed but the tension had not.  The clammy moldiness was a comfort.

Herp poked a toad that stared at him blithely.

Derp sighed.  “I don’t think Moribund will ever forgive us, but if you look on the flip side…”

“A what slide?” Herp’s bad eye meandered toward Derp.

“Flip side.  Flip.  FLIP!”

Something warty wetly struck Derp in the side of the head.  It clung a moment before sliding down.

“What?  You said ‘flip!’”

“No, I said toad slide,” he spat shoving the toad down Herp’s pants.

The above is my entry for the 100-Word-Challenge. The prompt this week was “…the flip side…”

Previous 100-word installments in the Moribund saga:


Love Dies an Ugly Death Under the Sink

Glenda Gloop, the Under the Sink Thing, rolled her one bulbous eye at Moribund the Shadow Thing.  She flutter-lashed and his belly trembled.

“You’re looking very… erm… gloppish today, Glenda.”

She giggled a drain-water gurgle.  Moribund fidgeted.  His valentine was being ignored after all he’d gone through.  He poked the box closer with a shadowy toe, hopeful.

To his horror, she yawned and began to snore.  He deflated like a punctured tire and glared at the two dwarves.

“It wasn’t my fault!” Derp squealed.  Herp fainted.

Exasperated, Moribund crammed his gift into her guzzawing mouth and swore off love forever.

The above is my entry for the 100-Word-Challenge.  The prompt was “It wasn’t my fault.”

Previous 100-word installments in the Moribund saga:

Forever in a Grain of Salt

“How big is forever?”  Emily asked.

“Forever is as big as Always,” smiled her mother.

Emily frowned.  “I mean, how BIG is it?”

“Forever isn’t always big, Emily.  It can also be very tiny.”

Little Emily rested her chin on the table and fiddled with the salt shaker.  It fell over with a thunk and she sighed.

“I thought forever was big,” she insisted.

“Look,” said her mother sitting beside her, “see the salt that spilled?  It’s very tiny.”

“Salt isn’t Forever.”

“Are you sure?”

Emily squinted at it.

“Do you forget its flavor?”

“No,” said Emily and suddenly smiled.

MS Word Count:  100

This is a creative writing piece for the Friday Drabble.

Copyright Jean Mishra 2012