Disappointing Victory

The neon glow enveloped the city built by and for corporations. From the penthouse he staid in, he smiled. In the end, he would win. He didn’t even have to try that hard. He merely had to spread crumbs here and there; they had done the rest. He laughed; they called him the Tempter but…

A Life to Bargain

Dolan sat by the well, nursing his bruised ego. He cursed his parents for bestowing such a portentous name upon him. It wasn’t fair. He was smaller than most youth his age; some girls were even taller than him. They all tyrannized him, taunting him for being weak. He was supposed to be a man…

Entering the World

There was something ethereal about the young woman holding his arm; as if she didn’t quite belong to this world. Nobody had ever seen her. Still her name was known; in fact it had become the subject of many rumours over the past months but to witness her entrance within the ton was a privilege….

Devastation

She looked over the city from her window; it spread for miles and she could see it all. Some would think her lucky to have such a view, but she could only summon a contemptuous sneer. The city was lost and nothing she could do would change that truth. She had given its inhabitants all…

Novice Mistake

Amber light streamed down from the arched windows, splattering the altar and their upturned faces. The joy in their gaze was one of rapture, as if the radiance they were looking at were divine. And it was in more ways than one. Only men, even the most faithful, weren’t meant to gaze upon the divine…

The Last Hrtedyp

A sense of impending doom descended upon him when he woke that day; he couldn’t have said why but something in his bones seemed to scream at him. Not an unlikely thing altogether seeing as the Hrtedyp were the race of speaking bones, but it was unusual for him not to hear his bones. And…

Looming Battle

Brunhilde held her younger sister’s hand, as they walked through the makeshift village. It was a bleak morning, promising to get bleaker if the cold wind billowing flags and tents held. Aasfrid struggled to match Brunhilde’s brisk pace and she was tempted to take her sister in her arms to reach their destination faster. Aasfrid…

Web of Lies

“I don’t believe you.” I said for what must be the hundredth time. “Why would I lie Beryl?” I didn’t know. I wasn’t clever enough to figure it out. But he lied. My parents would never have sold me out. Even if I was a magician. Which I didn’t believe either. I looked up; he…

Hesitations

The Academy of Magic sat on rue Saint Paul in Paris; it was a well known place around the world for its vast arrays of cards, tricks, educative books on mentalism, hypnotism and any other type of magic you might be interested in. Or biographies of well known magicians like Houdini or Chung Ling Soo….

The Girl who Loved Winter

When Sophie woke up that day, she squealed with glee – she could have woken up the whole house but she didn’t really care. And nobody woke up anyway so… They all slept late during vacation. But who would stay in bed when fun could be had? From her window, Sophie could see that the…

Tapping Stick

The woman moved the stick and like puppets they all moved with it. A foot there, a hand raised over the head. She moved again tapping the rod on the floor and they all lifted a leg, dropping into an arabesque. Puppets moved and placed by the puppeteer. Once posed, they didn’t move until the…

Unfair

Summer died that night. It wasn’t as if they didn’t expect it. Everything pointed towards the end. But everyone hoped against all odds that it wouldn’t happen. After all, how could anyone foresee or accept the death of a 5 year old child? ©scolpron2018 In response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie prompt First Line Friday.