She Was Determined: #StaD for May 26

Welcome, friends!

Come in, and let me tell you a Story A Day, all May long…

In June and July, I’ll be drafting two new Kifo Island novels. I know something about 5 of the 6 point of view characters, and I’ve got a sketchy idea of the plots – but I need to learn more about these people and their stories.

So, in May, I explore. Every day, I’ll follow the prompts in A Month of Writing Prompts 2016. I’ll play while moving through my planning efforts. Some of these stories may become part of the eventual novels, but my goal is to invite these characters to show me who they are and what they want – and how their lives fit together to make a novel.

Yup, I got behind again. Not with the writing, but with the posting. Life happened, in the form of plans with my daughter, an exceedingly hot weekend, a devastating migraine, and just all the other things I’ve been up to.

It’s now the final day of the challenge, though, and I’m determined to get all the back posts up by midnight – so off we go to May 26, and the daily prompt, An Emotional Roller Coaster.. I chose to stay with Ubunta, pregnant and without resources to care for herself or a child. This 100 word story takes place moments after the events in my May 23 story, “Sunset’s Blade.”

Week Four’s theme is Strengths  – an opportunity to focus more intensely on what’s been working so far.

She Was Determined

She wouldn’t let this child be murdered. She was determined. The only way they would kill her child would be to kill her.

Ubunta sobbed, and stared at the knife she held. She was determined. But how was she to feed a child, when she couldn’t feed herself?

Could determination feed the life growing inside her? Was the knife the answer?

She could slice away her life, and the child’s. End pain and want.

But Ubunta was determined. Her child would have life, or the chance at life.

And that meant she must wait for the liberation of the knife.

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