Every day I head across to one of my favourite sites – The Drabble. There’s something almost magical about being whisked away to different worlds all in the space of 100 words.
It is such a great site and I’m really happy to see another one of my Drabbles published there today – Pirate Queen of the Crimson Coast @ The Drabble
This was one of the first Drabbles I wrote and it spawned both a short story and a novella. Please head across for a look if you have time. If you haven’t visited before, it’s well worth exploring the site – so many great stories.
Have a wonderful weekend 🙂
I’m excited to see one of my drabbles – Rishi’s Star – published at the wonderful site The Drabble.
For anyone unfamiliar with the term, Wikipedia offers this definition – “A drabble is a short work of fiction of around one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.”
The Drabble also has an excellent guide to what they’re looking for – What Exactly Is Drabble.
I’ve been writing them for awhile now and find it a great way to tune in my brain at the start of a writing session…and every so often I’m left with something I like.
Worth a try when you’re next faced with that dreaded blank page 🙂
While the other street-dwellers huddled beneath worn blankets and cardboard, Rishi gazed skyward, smiling.
“Fool boy,” muttered one threadbare man.
“Not right, that one,” another agreed.
Content watching his star, Rishi didn’t hear. She whispered secrets and kept him warm with her quicksilver eyes.
One awful night, Rishi found his star gone. Too cold to sleep, he started walking. In a strange part of town he found a girl weeping.
Looking up, familiar eyes came alive.
“Nothing, now.” She offered her hand; Rishi accepted.
Forever more two stars shone together, casting a silver blanket over those below.
“Surrender?” he begged.
Aisha gazed down her rapier at Admiral Benpassa. When last they’d met, he was raping her mother, the Queen. Aisha escaped the horror that followed; fleeing her father’s fallen kingdom to be reborn as a pirate.
A sharp blade and sharper mind had kept her safe when her blossoming femininity betrayed her. Her beauty and fearless nature were unrivaled; pirates flocked to her banner.
She raided the usurper’s fleet mercilessly, taking joy in each victory. Today was particularly fine.
Aisha drove her rapier through Benpassa’s skull, then swung from the burning flagship; steely eyes smoldering.
Jeremy was new at school; small and shy. I saw him walking home through the deepening snow, staggering under the weight of a bag full of books. I offered help and we shared the load. He didn’t say much but his smile was radiant. It was a moment I quickly forgot, but from it friendship burst. Years later, during his OAM acceptance speech, Jez floored me: “I dedicate this award to my friend. Years ago, I cleaned out my locker and headed home to take my life. A random act of kindness diverted me. Never underestimate the power of friendship.”
Click. Cornelius lay in bed. Clack. Unable to sleep. Click.
The infernal clickclack came from the billboard outside his window; neon winking on and off until midnight. After a month of broken sleep, Cornelius raised a petition. His movement gained momentum – Power to the People! – a nationwide boycott sent the company broke.
The billboard came down. Cornelius slept well for the first time in weeks.
The following month, a new billboard went up. With its competitor gone, a rival company expanded its empire. Their profits paid for a billboard twice as large; one than never switched off.
ClickityClackity. ClickityClackity. Clickity.
“It was the empty sky that first set me on edge.
“Hundreds of birds huddled in overcrowded trees, despite the late hour and the crisp morning air. I was sufficiently unsettled to restock the bunker and still inside when the radiation sensors sealed the door. But I ramble.
“If there’s anyone still alive out there, I’m in a bunker on Mount Dandenong. I’m transmitting on UHF and will scan all frequencies for as long as I’m able.
“I’m at coordinates 37.8311° S, 145.3600° E, with food and water. Is there anyone out there?
“I don’t want to die all alone.”
Sprinting the last block to his bus-stop, Chance knew he was late.
And that meant dismissal.
Defeated, he stepped from the rain into a crowded cafe. He took the last vacant seat beside a pretty young lady.
“Bad morning?” she asked.
“Rejected manuscript, fired, drenched…not too bad.” Chance grinned.
“What’s your story about?”
Over a coffee, Chance detailed his novel.”
“Let’s hope it’s a best seller!”
“Bring it to my publishing company and we’ll see.”
“You’re kidding, right?”
“Only one way to find out…” She stepped outside.
“Wait, what’s your name?” Chance called, following.
Dane glanced at the somber gathering, all dark suits and dresses; he shouldn’t have come. As the ceremony finished he approached the broken couple, crumpled together in their grief.
“Mrs and Mr Bowen, I’m so sorry.”
He’d expected harsh words, a slap even. Their response was worse: they pushed past him and left, like he didn’t exist.
Grief mingled with guilt. He’d been too drunk to drive, she’d told him to slow down. “I should’ve died too.”
“Should’ve? You did.”
Startled, Dane looked up. A shadowed form stood before him in the suddenly dark cemetery.
“I’ve come to collect you.”
The girl at the wheel didn’t deserve her licence but if Joe failed her, the paperwork would keep him from happy hour.
“Ok, you passed. Take us back.”
“Really? Even after that rear-ender?”
“Your lucky day, kid.”
“I guess so.”
“Where ya goin’? The office is the other way.”
“Something to show you, mister. Here we are.”
“The bridge? Quit fooling around.”
“No fooling, mister. My brother drove my family off this bridge after you licensed him. He shouldn’t have been driving.”
“Ain’t my fault, kid. Shit happens.”
“Sure does. Can you swim?”
“Swim? Stop, kid! Wha-”