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“And No One Else”: #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all, or pick a few like leftover holiday memories….

If you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

It’s time for my next snippet from “A Splash of Red”, which I’m serializing here. This surreal fantasy story is the child of my own life and dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license…

More on the story after the eight-sentence snippet.

Context, such as it is…A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above. She’s injured, and close, but will the girl accept her?

Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative, so be warned!

My child self stands, legs wide, feet planted in loamy floor, a child of Earth, and no one else. She is within herself, watching, waiting for some signal I don’t know. She doesn’t invite me closer. The hawks circle, high silent shadows.

My ankle throbs protest with each heartbeat. Watching her, I slide carefully down the rock, to sit on damp, chilled moss in its shadow. Now she is taller, stronger. She senses the shift, and stands straighter, widening her stance, filling her small self.

Why is the woman trying to get close to the girl?

Will the child allow it?

Will the hawks remain aloft?

Come back next week; I may have answers…and I will certainly ask more questions!

Previous “A Splash of Red” snippets:

Did you like what you read? “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review, which is edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.

That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer. Until then, may your week be delightful! =D

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I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

17 thoughts on ““And No One Else”: #WeWriWa #8Sunday

    1. I’m a little awed by the reaction people are having to this little piece of my soul. I hope that the fascination carries on to the end.

      You may be right about that little girl – she does seem to be a tough one! =)

    1. Yup. This kid is no pushover, although it’s possible that the hawks thought she was! They might have missed her inner defiance for a long time….more on the way for Sunday! =)

    1. You are very right – and very perceptive. A lot of things got worked out in the writing, rewriting, and re-rewriting of this story. And the sense of liberation in sharing it – that’s even stronger.

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