Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Flash: The Light Burns

 

Today's #fridayflash goes back to Raven in the short story "Eclipsed" and my "Lightning Flashed" flash fiction piece. The characters keep coming back to me and want to tell more of their stories, so perhaps in 2014 or so, I'll have a novel ready to write for them. And, for you Foxwick-enthusiasts out there, I'm setting it in Foxwick. *grins*


The Light Burns

The magician-made sun scorched her eyes behind her eyelids. The nineteen year old had spent weeks under its luminosity. Raven Woodcroft craved the dark, but the Magician wouldn’t allow it. The punishment for her “crime” of trying to stop him was too cruel. But what else would she suspect from the man who had murdered her family years ago?

She shifted upon the cold hard floor. Water dripped along the dungeon walls, and she reached out and touched its dampness. She squeezed her eyelids tighter and buried her face against that wall, but she could still see the light.

They used to call her the Eclipse. She could seek out the light and steal it. Once she’d blocked the very sun from the land. But the Magician was stronger than she.

Raven bit her knuckle to keep from screaming. The lack of sleep and constant light drained her. Why wouldn’t he let her die? Perhaps that was his cruelest trick of all.

A door clanked shut and footsteps drew near. He was back. But she wouldn’t beg. No. He wouldn’t break her—although she was probably already broken beyond repair. He would pay, and one day she vowed to let the lands know of his evil. This man killed her family. He systematically destroyed the Wizard, the Witch, and the Sorceress.

But he would not add her to his list of death. One day, one way or the other, she would break free.

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wouldn't it be horrible if light did that to you?

Terri Talley Venters said...

What a neat idea to place your Raven characters in yur foxwick setting! Great piece Cherie. Have a good weekend =)

Summer Ross said...

constant light- that would suck, I'm a night person myself. great story, thanks for sharing.

Larry Kollar said...

I have trouble sleeping if there's a light in my eyes, so I know what it must be like. I like how you crafted this, her thirst for revenge only fueled by the cruelity.

Samantha May said...

As usual, this is fantastic! I use the same setting in a lot of my stories. It keeps everyone connected, you know? :)

Christine Rains said...

Love it! I hope she gets her revenge. Intense little piece.

A long, LONG time ago, I role-played a Sailor Moon character named Eclipse. I always wondered why Sailor Moon was the most powerful!

M Pax said...

If our world orbited a sun in a globular cluster, we would probably never know night.

I like the dark. It would stink to lose it.

The Golden Eagle said...

Never being in the dark would be horrible--much as darkness can be hard to deal with, it's so essential.

Great flash fiction!

sjp said...

Really enjoying this character and her determination, great flash

Medeia Sharif said...

I like her fighting spirit. Great piece.

Nicole said...

One day soon, I think that magician is going to get his come-uppance! Nicely done.

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