Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coarse (Flash Fiction)

found on google images

FLASH FICTION SNIPPET 

"Ugh, it burns," Miriam made a face as she slopped another handful of the herbal salt scrub on her green-tinted skin.

"Be glad it's only burning," Adal snapped. "What were you thinking playing out in the forest? Mamere and Pavi said you promised you wouldna go!"

"I didn't do it on purpose," Miriam grumbled. "Why don't any of you ask Luken, huh? I wasn't the only one in there."

"That's because he's refusing to say anything without you," Mamere said, stepping into the mudroom. "Adal, leave youR sister alone and give her some privacy to finish washing up. Honestly!"

"This is all her fault," her twin muttered, ducking out of the room. "We were just settling in!"

"It's no one's fault, we would've been leaving anyway," Mamere called after him. She shook her head and gathered her skirts up before stepping into the small room. "We would've been leaving soon anyway. There's no work for us here," she sighed. "Look at me, child." She held out another bowl of oily herbed coarsely ground salt. "You must use all of it, or else the poison will linger in your blood."

"I know, but it hurts," Miriam bit her lip, tears pooling at the corners of her eyes. "I was honestly just helping, Mamere."

"Shh. I know, I know," her mother soothed. She dropped to a crouch and picked up the half-empty bowl. "Did you save it?"

Miriam's head snapped up.

"The fairy sprite," Mamere said, calmly, waiting for Miriam to finish shrugging out of her clothes. "Did you?"

Miriam nodded, slowly, well aware that she shouldn't even reference such things when there was the slightest possibility of Pavi being around to hear.

Mamere's beautiful smile was bittersweet in answer. "Good for you then," she hummed. "Well done, daughter of mine."

(c) Sara Harricharan 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nature Fairy Rehab (Snippet #1) : Merrins

ski lodge in Montana : found in google images

FICTION SNIPPET 

"Sky?" Merrins squinted up at the blue sky--or rather, what she could see of it through the window of the ski lodge. "I don't think it works that way, Cy."

I tried not to roll my eyes and snapped my fingers in front of her face to regain her attention. "Not sky," I said, taking care to speak slowly. "Ski."

"S-ki?" she rolled the word around in her mouth and shook her head.

"You strap thin sticks to your feet and slide down steep hills with them," I explained. "You also have little flexible sticks to steer with. C'mon, it'll be fun."

Her lip curled in the way that meant she was going to be stubborn, whether I wanted her to be or not. "No. No ski."

"Merrins!"

The curled lip morphed into a pout. "Noooo," she whined.

I looped an arm through hers and pulled her to the door. Nature fairy rehab. Right. I should have taken a different job for the school holiday, but this paid the most. "Yes, yes and yes," I muttered, wrestling her out the door. "It's just a bit of cold, alright--whoa!"

She yanked her arm back from me, hugging both arms to herself as her teeth chattered. Her lovely blonde hair turned bright, neon blue and one olive-green eye had fluxed to royal blue. Her lips faded into purple as a faint sparkling tinge crept over her face. "You didn't tell me it was cold, Cy!"


"It's winter," I growled. "Do I have to explain that winter is cold?"

(c) Sara Harricharan

Friday, July 25, 2014

Venture (Short Fiction)

found on google images

EXPANDED FLASH FICTION PROMPT

“If we don't leave soon, we'll miss our chance.” Marian stood by the window, pretending that she wasn't looking into the street below and timing the guard's circuit around the boys' dorms. "And if I've wasted my time sneaking over here for-"

Owen shook his head ever so slight, just within her line of sight and not within that of his best friend, Rei. "Just keep timing him," he said, quickly. "It's not that late yet. Come on, Rei. It'll be fun."

"I don't need fun. I was having a perfectly decent Friday afternoon right before-" Rei bit off the rest of his words when Owen elbowed him in the side with more force than neccessary.

"The rest of us would like to go out," he said, meaningfully. "That means you're going to help us." He reached up to tuck his blond hair behind one ear, exposing the dull triple studs in one ear. His soulstone only functioned under sunlight and after an exhausting day in the practice fields, the last thing he wanted to do was pry the power out of them.

Marian fidgeted in her corner, her lips moving silently as she counted the paces that the guards took before the change over. "Feels like we're prisoners instead of trainees," she muttered. One hand was clasped around the ruby pendant that hung from her neck--the exact shade of the eyebrow ring over her right eye. It glimmered proudly in the single light of Rei's bedroom.

Owen swallowed, well aware of the destructive power hidden behind the red gem. He'd had far too much experience with Ruby users and the last thing he wanted was an irate Marian on his case. As one of the few female cadets that consisently ranked in the top tier, she was powerful enough to throw her weight around--if she wanted to.

"Rei..."

"Owen..." Rei sighed. "Not happening."

"Now's our chance," Marian said, pushing away from the window. Her free hand was currently tapping through the air, counting the time, even though she couldn't see the guards. "Now, Owen. You promised."

Owen winced and turned back to Rei, who was studiously avoiding Marian's dagger-eyed gaze.

“You couldn’t pay me to set foot out of this room,” Rei said, stubbornly. He turned away, his lean arms folded over his chest. A ray of light caught the blue crystal cross dangling from one ear–the exact shade of his cerulean eyes.

Owen and Marian exchanged a look. He'd done the best that he could, but Rei was one of the lucky few that could avoid his usual charm.

Marian stepped forward, linking her arm through Rei’s. “Sweetie, darling–cupcake,” she purred, barely stifling a shudder at the too-sweet endearments. “I’d never venture anywhere outside without you.” The ruby pendant fell from her hand, shining brightly where it nestled in the ruffles of her fancy blouse.

Rei snorted. His blue earring glowed faintly, a hint that he was caving in. It would always direct him towards the safest choice and from the looks of it, he was safer going along with Marian than not.

The look she gave him said that she knew fully well what was running through his head and that she wasn't above using her stone's abilities to manipulate him. She tapped her foot and her left hand continued to time the guard's circuit.

“Fine. We’ll go, but I’m not participating in anything," Rei said.


Owen smirked from behind as he pushed his glasses further up his nose. He knew just how to break that resolve. Rei’s synchronization with his soulstone meant that they would all get lucky tonight and that detail made the unplanned excursion worth it in every way.

(c) Sara Harricharan

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blurry (Flash Fiction)

found on google images


FLASH FICTION PROMPT 

It’s getting blurry.

How did this turn into such a mess?

I don’t get it.

It was a fantastic line, it was a great moment, it should have been perfect.

But you didn’t smile. The look in your eyes–was that fear? Why are you afraid of me? I made sure that I wore my contacts today. There’s no way you could’ve seen my eyes. My weird two-colored eyes.

There’s no way you could have known.

But you did.


I loved you–is that why it hurts right now?

(c) Sara Harricharan