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Things are falling more into place this week, although there have been a couple of surprises that are like ripples in the flow of life, in a good way. After the marathon of story creation and revision, and a deadline met, I’m delighted to be finding little glimmers of ordinariness.
One part of my ordinary life is Eight Sentence Sunday, where I‘m sharing “A Splash of Red” in its entirety. This surreal fantasy story the child of my own life and dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license…
More on the story after the eight-sentence snippet.
Context, such as it is…A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above…but just who are these two to one another? And what about those hawks?
When we left last week, the little girl had run off into the woods, and the woman is threatened by the hawks’ attacks….
Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative, so be warned!
I must find her. If I don't, and she's lost – or if she's dead – If she's lost, she'll never heal – and she must, before I can. Panic closes my windpipe. No. Flow. Let the air flow; let my energy flow, in peace. Only peace can stand in the path of those cruel talons and shredding beaks.
Previous “A Splash of Red” snippets (chronologically from beginning):
Will peace be enough?
Will the woman escape the hawks?
Will she find the little girl?
Can they heal together?
Come on back next week to find out more!
Did you like what you read? “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review, which is edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.
That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer!