Friday, December 30, 2011
This is not only the last post for me of the year, it is the last post for the Romantic Friday Writers club. When I joined RFW, I didn't expect it to become a regular writing prompt. More of an experiment to see if I could write in true romance. I pat myself on the back for these short fiction pieces; but I doubt I could sustain the romantic feel through a full novel length story. Its been fun stretching my writing comfort zone, and I've met some fantastic writers through the club
If you're ever in the mood for a writing adventure, or in need of a prompt to kick start your muse, pop over and view what the next/current challenge is and post your theme base romance excerpt. You don't have to join to post, and it doesn't have to be a new writing; it could be something languishing in your shelved pile, or something you're so pleased with in a current WIP you want to share.
Challenge #28 is titled Ties That Bind, and the link will be open from 12/28 thru 1/3/12 (Ozzie time; which makes it about 1/1 US/Canada time). The challenge is to write a flash fiction pieces in 400 words or less that follows the theme of ties that bind, but must also have an overall romance feel. Post your excerpt to your blog, then link the post directly here.
My excerpt is 381 words, and titled Blood Bond
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They were 12 years old when Justin and Jayna exchanged blood vows the first time.
Jayna was the brave one, slicing the thick flesh below their thumbs. Justin tied their wrists together with a silk ribbon, and said an arcane ritual as they clasped bloody palms. Jayna wasn’t sure if the tingling all through her skin was the result of the words, or the kiss they shared to seal the bond. Her first kiss.
Justin and his peculiar family moved within two years of their ritual. He reminded her of a miniature Dracula in training; except he ate school lunches and snacks the same as she. A pale, anemic boy with long, slick black hair and dark brooding eyes, he’d admitted he was adopted, and had never lived in any one place for more than three years. He had tales of exotic places in romanticized country estates.
Jayna was kissed by other boys in the years after Justin moved away. But none made her skin tingle, or her heart pound just so, or made her dream of far away places and simple adventures.
Justin sent her letters she occasionally answered over the years. They were full of new adventures by the sea, or in remote mountain lodges, or cities both small and large. Jayna kept the letters in a cedar wood chest, and read them often when she felt lonely or out of place. He signed every one with X’s and O’s, and she took guilty pleasure that he never mentioned a girlfriend.
Jayna was in her third year of college when New Years Eve when she realized the magic had left her life when the letters stopped. The sun had sunk into the sea, the moon a glimmering silhouette on a Cancun sea, and she whispered his name in aching memory.
Justin left no footprints in the sand as he appeared behind her.
“Finally,” she heard him say, so soft she thought at first it was only in her mind.
Taller, older, paler than she’d last seen him; she instantly felt the tingling when he tied the ribbon around her wrist and bent to kiss her. No words passed his lips as his smile revealed gleaming white fangs, and it was Justin who braved the first bite of their bonding.
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As always, this is an original writing and is open to any and all critique. Be warned that it is written specifically for RFW and unlikely be developed further.
Challenge #29 will open 1/13 and the theme is New Year's Resolutions