Today's Day 2 of the Flash Fiction Blogfest. You have until Wednesday to post your entries, if you haven't done so already. Here's my entry to the blogfest. It's a continuation from my short story "Eclipse" found in The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk.
Between Dark and Light
Lightning flashed and killed the Sorceress Mordetta.
Despite the passing weeks since that fateful day, Raven could still see that murderous bolt. Kirken, the Magician, had complete control over the city now, and Raven had helped him.
But not anymore.
Her fingers tightened around the sword’s handle. Her father had not only created this sword but died from its sharp bite. But why did the Magician have it? Kirken had told her the Sorceress had stolen the sword and killed her parents, but now Raven wasn’t so sure. How else would he have the same sword?
Raven stole the light, and the castle plummeted into darkness. Her feet padded catlike down the halls. Electricity tingled throughout her body as she reached Kirken’s study where his lone candlelight shone bright against her self-made night.
“Where did this come from?” She steadied the sword—end pointed toward Kirken—and released her magical hold on the light.
He glanced toward her and the sword before he turned the next page in his book.
“Tell me.” Raven had expected him to be surprised, shocked, even possibly defensive, but his cold indifference caused her to shiver.
“You’ve made up your mind about me, have you not?” His finger caressed the paper.
She had. The Magician was supposed to be their savior from the cruel Sorceress, but Raven knew he just wanted to kill off the competition. He used her, whether or not he had a hand in her parents’ murders. The sword lifted, and her arms trembled under its heavy weight. She had been a thief, but Kirken had created a killer.
Light exploded and blinded Raven before she could deliver the final blow. The people would be kept in the dark about their new ruler.
Raven had failed.
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