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Flash Fiction: A King and a Prophecy

Hey everyone.

Before I go off to check out the other contestents of Brenda Drake’s contest I wanted to share this.  The story is actually a scene from the novel I am writing for NaNo and I wanted to share it.  More likely than not the final cut will not look anything like this, but its the first bit I have written for the book.

I cannot think of finer folk with whom to share it.

Please enjoy the next 300 words.

 

*****

He stood outside her tent, soft grass and flowers releasing perfume into the night.  The moment he entered would change the world as he knew it, and he would cherish this moment as long as he could.

Arthur calmed himself.  This was his destiny.  No matter what, he had his friend at his side and his sister was training to be a powerful priestess.

The Gods smiled on those present for the summer solstice.  Tonight was a night to celebrate the mother earth and her children.

It was time.  Taking a deep breath, Arthur stepped inside and towards his future.

 *****

Her face was covered in shadow.  Her long hair was smooth and her lips full.  The dim moonlight came from a small window in the tent and revealed the painted tattoos on her bare body.

She was gorgeous.  She was nameless.  She was here for the Stag King.  Tonight, Arthur was playing the role to symbolize earth coming to life.

The girl bowed her head and Arthur closed the space between them.  Lifting her chin he kissed her fiercely.  Not speaking to each other they lay on the soft furs spread out.

A dire prophecy was fulfilled.  A child.

*****

Sunlight came through the window above.  Arthur woke alone.  Was it a dream?

His face paint was nearly worn off, much of it present on the furs.  No, it was real.

Today he would leave for further training.  There was much to be done if he was to someday to unite Britannia.  He must do what his father could not; be a king.

The priest was sitting outside the tent.  He looked at Arthur, and turned away.  This was not something stoppable.  Arthur sat beside the older man.

Soon they would journey to the south.  For now, he rested.

 

*****

Thank you guys.

Don’t forget to check out some other Flash Fiction writers who are just wonderful!

Jennifer E Eaton

Carrie Anne Brownian

J Keller Ford

Jenny Kaczorowski

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  1. Jen
    October 21, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    This was really, really good! I really enjoyed it. I love the ‘stag king’. Awesome imagery. Thanks for sharing!

    • October 21, 2011 at 9:32 PM

      SQUEE!! Thank you. Today was one of those dull days in the office so more effort went to the WIP and this was just a small tidbit. So glad it turned out to be a good start =D

  2. October 21, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    This reminds me very much of MISTS OF AVALON. I love the King Arthur legends. One of my favorites.

    And thanks for the mention!

  3. October 21, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Fantastic! I cannot wait to read more of this book! I love Arthur and the legend, and just by this, I have a feeling your book will be wonderful. 🙂

  4. October 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Thank you. I know it is kinda heavily influenced by Mists which I worry about; the biggest issue with having a well known story is there are certain parts which need to happen and sometimes it is hard NOT to be too influenced. I like a challenge so we shall see.

  5. Cat
    October 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    I, too, was reminded of the Mists of Avalon but you can’t really tell from a short snippet like this. MZB spent many more pages on this encounter. I was slightly worried about the knowledge Arthur seemed to have of his future — but other than that I quite liked this snippet.

    • October 23, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      It needs work but one thing I want to really avoid is a lot of detailed sex. I think of all the scenes in the book this one will need the most work because no matter what Arthur has to sleep with Morgaine and no matter who writes it, there are going to be similarities. MZB was great with detail though.

  6. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos
    October 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    That’s really good. Keep up the writing!!

  7. October 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Why thank you Miss Jillian. More coming soon!

  8. October 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    I bet he needed some rest! lol!
    Great post!

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