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Sting and Bite for #StoryADay May; Day Eighteen

The Prompt:

  • There is a moment in every story where a protagonist has to make a choice: to take up the challenge of the story or to turn away. Everything else flows from that.

  • Today, write a story in which your protagonist makes the other choice.

Sting and Bite

“There’s nothing anyone can do to save this baby’s life, Marilyn.”

The words sting and bite with more force than a needle piercing her skin and penetrating a vein.

“Is it because of me – because of my -?” She couldn’t make herself say the words that would damn her, and the baby she carried.

“The exact causes aren’t known. However, your blood tests shows very low levels of folic acid, which is essential for the proper formation of the neural tube.”

“And what does that mean – for her?” She rubbed the protrusion of her belly, where the baby girl was growing.

“It means you may miscarry. If you carry to term, your daughter has a seventy-five percent chance of being stillborn. If she survives birth, she’ll live no more than a few weeks. There’s no treatment; she has only a residual brain stem. She won’t be conscious, and she’ll feel no pain. She won’t be able to see or hear. She might be able to swallow by reflex, if her brain stem has developed enough. Her spinal cord is exposed; she will be paralyzed from the waist down. All we can do for her is to keep her warm and comfortable until, inevitably, she dies.”

But that can’t be all! It’s not fair! She wanted to scream those things at the doctor, tell her how Brad had died the night he made this baby girl, how she’s the last part of him still alive -but she doesn’t say any of that. “Maybe her brain just hasn’t – I don’t know – caught up with the rest of her.”

“I’m sorry, Marilyn. Your daughter’s birth defect occurred in the third to fourth weeks of your pregnancy. Fetal development is a forward progression; she won’t go backward and catch up.”

The doctor paused, and Marilyn could feel that whatever was coming was even worse than the nightmare she’d already heard.

“She won’t be a person in any sense you can recognize, Marilyn – but there is some good that can still come of it. You could use this as a catalyst. Get into a good rehabilitation program. You’re young and intelligent, and you have your whole life ahead of you. Start taking better care of yourself and your diet – including a folic acid supplement, so that you minimize the chances of a recurrence if you decide to have another child. And, if you’d like to give some personal meaning to your little girl’s life, you could consider organ donation – most of her organs might be healthy enough to enhance or save another child’s life.”

It was all a swift sharp blade that cut through the illusions of her hazy life. She’d been trying to escape into oblivion, but it was no use. Reality had found her. It always did.

In that moment, she knew what she had to do. “Can you recommend a treatment program? I’ll go, right away, and do whatever it takes.”

And she knows that she will.

Will Marilyn actually go to rehab?

Will it be successful?

What happens to this version of Marilyn?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another installment, and we can explore this new story seed together!

Posted in Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Story a Day May Challenge, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

Prone to Superstition: #StoryADay May; Day Eighteen

The Prompt:

  • There is a moment in every story where a protagonist has to make a choice: to take up the challenge of the story or to turn away. Everything else flows from that.

  • Today, write a story in which your protagonist makes the other choice.

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

Prompt Words:

kitndavj:

  • audit

  • conical

  • architecture

  • anger

  • superstition

  • deptression

  • boomerang

  • dystopia

Braxin:

  • rapacious

  • degradation

  • obstinate

  • seductive

  • loyalty

And now I offer you…

Prone to Superstition


Soval audited the conversation.

He could exonerate this man. However, a conical architecture extended from that point. If he revealed the rapacious degradation of the five humans, their obstinate anger when his kindaughter refused their seductive advances, he jeopardized his loyalty to Vulcan.

Humans were prone to superstition, particularly regarding the unknown. This immature species was still prone to psycho-emotional disorders, including depression. Their language was full of idioms based upon imagery such as “the boomerang effect.” Many subscribed to the illusion of dystopia, rather than accepting the reality of entropy.

Revealing the truth wasn’t logical in this case.

Will Soval change his mind?

How could he exonerate this man?

Where does his “kindaughter” figure into this?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another 100 word installment, or visit the brand-new fanfiction.net series link!

Posted in Fan fiction, Kifo Island Chroincles, Short Stories, Star Trek: Enterprise, Story a Day, The IDIC Romance, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

Protagonist’s Journal for #StaD May Day Seventeen

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

Story A Day May 17’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

Write a story about the days leading up to the beginning of your novel, or your story’s big incident. Alternatively, write a journal of those days from your protagonist’s point of view.

Main Project Premise:

  • On the point of leaving for tropical climes with a very pregnant Marilyn, Ophelia writes truth in her journal.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • In a journal entry, Ophelia explores Marilyn’s refusal to accept the fact of her pregnancy, or the dire condition of a baby who can’t survive long outside the womb. She’s treating the trip to Kifo Island as a “vacation”, and will only talk about all the “cool things” they’re going to do there – as if she isn’t eight months pregnant and shooting up every chance she gets.

My Favorite Bit of They’re True:

She sighs, and turns to look out the window at the world passing below them. Time to leave the harshness of a Midwest winter, and return to a climate she’s more familiar with.

Her hand, which has been paused over the page, moves, and these words emerge:

Side Project Premise:

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

  • T’Pol, alone on Earth, makes an entry in her journal.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • During a Yellowstone blizzard, T’Pol meditates and reflects upon her present location, and the decision that led her here. Elements of her current location blend with elements of that night in San Francisco.

Word List:

kitndavj:

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Iron Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)

  • Carcinoma

  • snowdrift

  • Cougar

  • Telemetry

  • Modular

  • Technical

  • Challenger (the space shuttle)

  • Mountains

  • Stratigraphy

  • Seismic

  • Succession

Braxin:

  • tempestuous

  • forbidden

  • predatory

Favorite Bit from A Succession of Consequences:

T’Pol pauses, looking out the window of the modular unit. A snowdrift obscures her view; the tempestuous weather reminding her of a blue-eyed human, a forbidden excursion, and the succession of consequences that brought her here, to Yellowstone.

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my fanfiction.net page! 

And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy  and Story A Day May,  click the links and learn away!

Posted in Fan fiction, Kifo Island Chroincles, Star Trek: Enterprise, Story a Day, The IDIC Romance, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

Turning Point for #StaD May Day Sixteen

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

Story A Day May 16’s prompt is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

Write a story that investigates a turning point in your protagonist’s past.

Main Project Premise:

  • Marilyn takes heroin for the first time on her thirteenth birthday.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Marilyn waits all alone, with the debris of a perfectly orchestrated but disastrous thirteenth birthday party as her only company. That’s when her mother and two lovers stagger in, falling down drunk and still managing to be only half dressed and all over each other before they’re even all the way in. She doesn’t even think Mom sees her – and that’s when she calls Brad and tells him she’s ready to fuck him as hard as he wants, do anything he wants, if he’ll just help her try heroin – something she’d never been willing to try before.

My Favorite Bit of She’s 13 Now

13 year olds don’t cry, right?

She bites her lip, hard enough that her lip splits and bleeds. But she doesn’t cry about it; she just swallows the blood and keeps biting. She could eat the cake, but she doesn’t want to. All the servants have left, and she could have a cigarette, or a whole pack, if she wanted them. But what good is that, when there’s no one here to sneak around behind. Defiance needs an audience to be any fun at all.

That’s when the front door crashed open, and there were voices and crashing and laughter – drunken laughter.

Side Project Premise:

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

  • Trip thinks back to the decision that got him in so much hot water.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Trip is dealing with the potential death of his Starfleet career; and wonders whether he regrets going into Fusion, where he didn’t exactly meet a Vulcan Surprise Package who shook up his entire life, and whose name he doesn’t even know. Is she worth all the trouble that decision has brought him?

Word List:

kitndavj:

  • Dig Tree (Aussie historical landmark for early explorers).

  • Pole Dancing

  • skipper

  • Aqua aerobics

  • Lycra

  • Cyclist

From my local NaNoWriMo prompt list:

  • statuesque

  • walk

  • future

  • trap

  • authority

  • ill-fated

  • name

  • regret

Favorite Bit from Nothing to Regret

But he’d gone to Fusion, never suspecting a lovely Vulcan trap whose name he didn’t even know. If he could have seen the future; how that ill-fated Date Night would get him in trouble with authority, would he have decided to do something else, far away from the Vulcan Consulate?
 

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my fanfiction.net page! 

And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy and Story A Day May,  click the links and learn away!

Posted in Challenges and Contests, Flash Fiction Pieces, Story a Day May Challenge, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

They’re True for #StoryADay May; Day Seventeen

The Prompt:

  • Write a story about the days leading up to the beginning of your novel, or your story’s big incident. Alternatively, write a journal of those days from your protagonist’s point of view.

They’re True

“And we’ll spend about a week just laying out on the beach -”

Ophelia stops listening. Marilyn isn’t talking to her, anyway – or at least, not really. She’s sitting on the floor of the plane, cross-legged, utterly ignoring her eight-months’-swollen abdomen as she plays endlessly with her dolls, as though she’s not about to have a baby girl with no more brains than those stuffed cloth toys.

She sighs, and turns to look out the window at the world passing below them. Time to leave the harshness of a Midwest winter, and return to a climate she’s more familiar with.

Her hand, which has been paused over the page, moves, and these words emerge:

I wish I was going home, and that I had no idea I even have a half-sister.

Written out like that, it seems kind of terrible, like she’s committing some kind of crime that she can’t quite explain. She wants to scribble out the words, but she doesn’t.

They’re true.

And this is her journal.

She only writes the truth here.

The words remain, as indelible and incontrovertible as Marilyn’s swollen belly, or the scribbled gibberish that covers the bodies of the naked ragdolls.

How will Ophelia deal with this truth?
Will Marilyn realize how she feels?

Where are they going?

And why?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another installment, and we can explore this new story seed together!

Posted in Challenges and Contests, Enterprise fan fiction, Flash Fiction Pieces, Just for Fun!, Story a Day May Challenge, Writers' Resources, Writing in Freedom, Writing Samples

Succession of Consequences: #StoryADay May; Day Seventeen

The Prompt:

  • Write a story about the days leading up to the beginning of your novel, or your story’s big incident. Alternatively, write a journal of those days from your protagonist’s point of view.

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

Prompt Words:

kitndavj:

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Iron Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)

  • Carcinoma

  • snowdrift

  • Cougar

  • Telemetry

  • Modular

  • Technical

  • Challenger (the space shuttle)

  • Mountains

  • Stratigraphy

  • Seismic

  • Succession

Braxin:

  • tempestuous

  • forbidden

  • predatory

And now I offer you…

Succession of Consequences

“Earthdate January 28, 2150; Rocky Mountains:

I’ll soon initiate my studies into seismic activity, stratigraphy, the pharmaceutical properties of certain microbes in the treatment of carcinoma, and the predatory habits of puma concolor, the cougar, as measured by telemetry.

I have acquired samples of iron pyrite, and am studying the technical aspects of the explosion of Challenger, an early human spacecraft.”

T’Pol pauses, looking out the window of the modular unit. A snowdrift obscures her view; the tempestuous weather reminding her of a blue-eyed human, a forbidden excursion, and the succession of consequences that brought her here, to Yellowstone.

Will T’Pol’s investigations be fruitful?

Why is she reminded of a blue-eyed human?

What was her ‘forbidden excursion’?

How did it lead her here?

Any guesses?

Come back tomorrow for another 100 word installment, or visit the brand-new fanfiction.net series link!

Posted in Fan fiction, Kifo Island Chroincles, Short Stories, Star Trek: Enterprise, Story a Day, The IDIC Romance, writing, writing prompts, Writing Sample

Second Look for #StoryADay May Day Fifteen

Hello there, and welcome to my Story a Day May “Show My Work” post! This is where I give you a sneak peek into how I’m creating two (very short, and very different) stories, every day this May. Yep, that’s right; less than 24 hours from my first reading of the prompt to a committed story, even if I’m not quite that fast at posting them!

Ready to read?

Well then, what are we waiting for?

Story A Day May 15’s prompt is from is from StoryADay creator Julie Duffy.

The Prompt:

Take a story you’ve written before and write it again from a different point of view.

Main Project Premise:

  • I had a nightmare last night. I woke up and started writing…. From Ophelia’s POV.

  • Ophelia wakes up to find Marilyn scribbling on everything she can.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • She hadn’t meant to fall asleep, but Marilyn is exhausting. She wakes to find Marilyn scribbling in her treasured Complete Works of Shakespeare – a graduation gift from Mom she lugged all this way. She’s written on the walls, sheets, dolls, and her own naked body.

My Favorite Bit of Indelible

Marilyn just stares at her for a few seconds, then goes back to her incoherent scribbling. She’s gripping the marker so hard, it’s tearing the fine pages.

Side Project Premise:

Standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.

  • I’m not dead. Meet me Tuesday night at 8 at Fusion, if you want to save my life. And it’s signed, “Your Starfleet career.” This time, from Soval’s POV.

Fleshing Out the Premise:

  • Soval visits Admiral Forrest; there is a young officer known to him for very different reasons – and it is he who stands accused in a matter that is certainly not of his doing. 

Word List:

Somehow, I failed to use any prompt words in this story….life was a bit busy right then, but I really don’t know how I managed that!

Favorite Bit fromLizzie’s Tough”: 

“It wasn’t exactly my choice, sir.”

“Explain.”

“Uh – my sister – do I have to tell you?”

To see the drabbles in sequence, as they post, visit my fanfiction.net page! 

And, if you’d like to learn more about Julie Duffy  and Story A Day May,  click the links and learn away!