Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge, 20th May, 2015

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May 20, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about an old mystery in the current time. Is it a discovery? Is it solved? Does it no longer matter, or does it impact innocent generations in between?

Still not fully recovered from my recent relapse, but here I sit, uncomfortably, yet unable to resist the pull of this week’s prompt since it so perfectly fits the beginning of the story of Vanda’s monastery. The flash below is a reworked version of the opening lines from Earth Magic, (re)making it into an exact fit with the rules of the Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenge. You have pictures, too, of the original plan of St Gall, which is the real historical document and archaeological artefact which provides the inspiration for the Merlin’s Gambit trilogy, as well as the rebuilt simulation, so off you go now and enjoy the hell out of Vanda’s very own rather intriguing mystery …

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St Gall: Monastery or Myth?

“How it came to be here, in this 6th century context, is a mystery. That it was built at all, and to the perfect specifications of Charlemagne’s 9th century plan, is miraculous. That it overturns archaeological theories of technological capabilities during these centuries, we do know.”

Vanda turned from the image on screen, pressed a button on the lectern, and prayed.

“This artist’s impression shows how we think the buildings of the monastery looked … And this,” another image blinked into place, “is how it will look once it’s rebuilt. But for that I need money, and lots of it!”

… and now that you’ve enjoyed it, perhaps you’d like to read more of Vanda’s visions for her version of the  Monastery of St Gall? (At this point she hasn’t even met Brian yet, so she’s very contained, and you have that outspill to look forward to!) If so, just click on the Blog tab at the top of the page and then click on Blogging My Book in the dropdown menu for the first fifteen scenes of Earth Magic. It’s an exciting read! And I’m in the process of creating more …

Thank you for reading and Brightest Blessings to you ALL,

Tally :-)

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1 Comment

  • Charli Mills says:

    So this scene is before she get pulled in, but has the vision for the completed monastery? I need to get cracking at those first chapters! It’s so intriguing. And that we have had a master plan for so long…

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