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Renee Stevens

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Happy Friday, y'all. Don't know how you all plan to spend your weekend, but if you plan on writing, maybe today's prompts can be a source of inspiration. Let's take a look at who gave us a couple of guest prompts for this week.

 

Prompt 3 - Creative    Brought to you by @aditus

The elevator takes ages. When the doors finally open, a woman wearing a pink pant suit twirls a glittery stick in her right hand that looks suspiciously like a wand and smirks.

A Witch ? The fairy godmother? The neighbor from across the hall?

 

Prompt 4 - Word List   Brought to you by @Carlos Hazday

Use the following words in a story.

winter - snow - vacation - summer - sand

 

Hopefully today's prompts help motivate you to write. Make sure you link your prompts in the Prompt Forum. 

As Wayne always says, 'Until next time remember to read, write, comment, and like. Stay safe and well.'

Lastly, if you want to get in on the fun, make sure you send a PM to @Renee Stevens or @wildone to share with us your prompt ideas!

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With a response to Guest Prompt #2 from last week this puts me on the map as well. It's been too long since I have made a story contribution and so I've resurrected a years-long-unused platform with the idea of kicking myself in the derriere.

For your consideration, a short - short story:

No I But Me

Edit: With regrets, I've had to change 'year-long-unused' to years-. That's plural ... so sad.

 

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      The trip down to the planet was rough. My head slammed against the metal slab and after that it was all a blur.
      The web around me retracted when we hit the ground and I slid off the slab to lie in a boneless heap on the floor.
      The alien was on me in seconds. A humming sound reached my ears but whatever changes they had made to my DNA allowed me to translate sound vibrations in the air converted his words as well.
      "What are you?"
      "I'm a man," I said.
      "You don't smell like a man. You don't look like a man." The disgust was palpable in his tone. Claws on his hands dug into my shoulders as he stared down at me. "You understand me. You have my isitziu." One claw traced the blue lines that covered my chest.
      I didn't have claws. "They did it to me."
      "The men in the machine in the sky?"
      I nodded. I didn't struggle. "Are you going to kill me now?"
      "No. I am not stupid. I understood that nelho's words. If I kill you, I die too. If I die, my people would suffer. So... we will keep you alive I think."
      "We?"
      The question was unnecessary after just a moment. Hot, humid air swirled around our naked bodies, warming my chilled flesh. I heard the sound of the inner capsule door being opened and men swarmed inside. The small space was soon packed.
      "Seral, you are alive!" I heard one cry. His hum was so high pitched it was almost painful.
      The babble was too much for me to translate after that. Seral, if that was his name, did not get off me. Blue blood began to seep from the wounds in my shoulders. Between that injury, the near starvation I'd been kept in, and the effects of the fluid they'd injected into me, I was done.
      I was beginning to fade but not before I managed to hear Seral order the men to bind me and carry me with them to their city.
      "We shall study this creature."
      I wasn't going to die. I was going to be locked back up in another cage.
      Despair filled me.
      I was going to become another experiment, for the aliens this time. What would they do to me?
      “Kill me now," I whimpered, "please just kill me."
      "Oh no, little tziu, I won't do that." His fingers traced the marks on my skin again. "I will discover everything that is in you and then we will see just who you are to me. The nelho have given us a gift that has great worth, one they can't even begin to imagine."
       
      As you can see... this can be a great way to write some really fun short fiction. So, get to the prompts and maybe we will see you up here next week!
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