13/07/2017

IRON, SILVER & STARLIGHT - a Flash Fiction in 100 words

IRON, SILVER & STARLIGHT

During untold eons the demon slept, sealed for its sins in stone and held by three curses – until a quarryman’s iron wedge revealed it to the world.
One curse lifted, it was abandoned on a corner shelf, seething with futile rage and still clawing for freedom.

Then it caught a collector’s eye. A palm was crossed with silver and, blithely unaware she had broken the second curse, the woman took it home and put it on display.

When she turned to feed her child, malevolence stirred in the bottled starlight, flexed its muscles and broke free.
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I saw a demon and spirits in this image, taken by Janet Webb and posted for Friday Fictioneers by Rochelle. Follow the links from https://rochellewisoff.com/  to read other stories from the same prompt.

47 comments:

  1. Wow! Horrifying stuff. Great take on the prompt.

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  2. Horror with a very light touch.

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  3. Dear Liz,

    The photo does have an ethereal, other-worldly feel to it, doesn't it? Frighteningly good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I am trying not to wonder what comes next.

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  4. Yeeks! Another horror unwittingly unleashed. Nice one!

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    1. Who would have thought those three curses would be lifted?

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  5. So that's what's happened to my toddlers - it would explain a lot! Nice story Liz :-)

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    1. Ah - yours also turned into monsters? Would you believe me if I told you they grow into humans eventually?

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  6. This is great, beautifully written and very imaginative. And very scary...--Gah Learner

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  7. So much in so few words, scary and demonic :-)

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  8. Horror painted so beautifully.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Neel.

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  9. Shiver..and the worst is still to come... will it be like reality TV for us all?

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    1. No, Bjorn - it will be much worse!

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  10. I love this. There is a hint of poetry in the underlying evil. So very well done.

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    1. Thanks for seeing that, Alicia - I almost wrote it as a poem!

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  11. Chilling little / big tale.
    Tracey

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  12. for sure, you have a great imagination. i'm a true believer now. :)

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    1. In me or in demons, plaridel? Either way, thank you!

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  13. Oh boy! Horror unleashed on unsuspecting victims. This was horrifically well written. Cheers, Varad.

    Please click to read my Friday Fic Entry

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    1. The fact that there's a child makes it worse somehow. Thanks Varad

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  14. I would love to know what happened next!

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  15. I loved it from the title to the end!!

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  17. I must say I was a bit scared at the end. A very different take on the prompt.
    Good Job ..!!!
    Isadora 😎

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    1. Thank you Isadora, y no te preocupa:)

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  18. Wonderful description of the trapped evil spirit. Nice one.

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    1. The picture reminded me of an engraved slate I saw once, hence the story.

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  19. This is a great story, Liz. It sounds like an ancient oral adventure told around a fire in the Middle East. :) --- Suzanne

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    1. Wow, Suzanne, thank you so much. Just what I need to hear today after yet another rejection of The Novel!

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