Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge 1st October, 2014

October 1, 2014 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) show a character confronting something worse than death. It can be a universal fear or something unique to the character. What does this fear reveal about motive? Does it color the tone, deepen the plot or add to absurdity? Go ahead, poke a pencil at fear this week.

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I’ve had a wonderfully challenging week, my time taken up almost completely by something very exciting and life-changing. It’s made me search inside myself for the person I want to become, the person who really has the dream to build a monastery that has never been built, by first writing it into a wildly successful three book story called Merlin’s Gambit which will foretell my mission, and fund it, hopefully. I found myself forced, albeit willingly and with very much pleasure, into thinking about all these goals and how to accomplish them, and the clearest vision of how exactly I’m going to go about manifesting these realities came quite suddenly upon me. I did actually have a dream last night that made me realise just how much my subconscious is in on these visions and how my higher self is leading me to fulfil them. So, for me, no nightmares that speak of my fears, only the blue skies of last week’s flash.

On the other hand, Merlin, the true author of my success in these ventures, has a fear so deep that even he doesn’t yet recognise the truth of it. Thankfully, he’ll never be made to face it while he employs me to be his biographer, or will he …


The Nightmare of Merlin

No one can make that journey on foot in one day, so here I am sitting under a large and, gods be praised, leafy tree which affords me shelter and hiding without having to resort to magic. Tonight the moon is full, a Harvest Moon, for September. I’m only too glad of her light as I shall not sleep. I fear the nightmare will be upon me this night, that the witch whom I shall teach so attentively will lock me within this tree that has my back. But even dreams have the power to make manifest a reality.

Thanks for reading, I hope these Merlin Flashes are as much fun for you to read as they are for me to write.

Brightest Blessings, as always,

Tally 🙂

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1 Comment

  • Charli Mills says:

    Definitely! These Merlin flashes are fun and I’m enjoying Merlin’s personality as his story unfolds. His fear is specific to his extraordinary life–imprisonment, locked away in a tree. Yet it is similar to the fear of old age–imprisonment, a mind locked in a body or memories locked away in a mind. The pictures are fun, too. Your vision sounds big and exciting. I know visions are often difficult to articulate, or at least they are for me, but they are the heart of what we do, the northern star that guides our goals. Wishing you many blessings for your vision as it unfolds and manifests!

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