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Saturday Story Prompts are a weekly collection of five short snippits of story that my Muses never went further with. Hopefully they’ll spark a story for someone else!

Saturday Story Prompts [2018.01.13]

By | January 13, 2018
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1. Morning crept across the parking lot, setting the night on fire.

2. We never quite worked out teleporters, but we did work out long distance cloning. Finding out there are other Me’s walking around hundreds of light-years away –including the original– isn’t as disturbing as I thought it would be.

3. “Stop pretending this isn’t exactly what you wanted.” She shoved the papers back across the desk.

4. Midday naps are mandatory this far into the crystal deserts. It’s too hot to step foot outside and the shade tents are too small to get any real work done.

5. Unfurling from the mast as soon as the ties are undone, the new flag catches the winds with a crack. Royal blues and gold dance on a field of white as they turn back into the fight.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2018.01.06]

By | January 6, 2018
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1. The dragon uncoils from her neck as soon as they leave, the feel of its transformation from gold to flesh sends shivers down her arms. It coils up on her shoulder, hissing tiny insults at the men who had just insisted dragons were only myths.

2. Dark patches of earth linger where the oil had dripped, spring grasses and even the most hearty weeds flourish only at their edges.

3. The massive mining ship is really just a collection of smaller ships, it’s meant to come apart at the seams as soon as they hit orbit.

4. “If Man had been meant to swim, he would have fins,” chided the elders, herding generation after generation away from the waves. When they did go out, they stepped from docks to wide thick-hulled boats without a drop of water near their toes. It was obvious Man was not meant for the sea, even the youngest child knew enough to fear the water.

5. He’s spent most of his young lifetime in the mines and he’s learned to love the rain. It washes away the soot and grime, soothes lungs wracked with dust, and most of all, it hides the sun that burns his eyes even through the layers of gauze.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.12.30]

By | December 30, 2017
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1. Only faint echoes of the roads remain, traced out across the old-growth forests in fast growing pines and poplars.

2.  The bells chime four times, once for each quarter, in a cacophony of devotion.

3. “Have you ever thought about why magic doesn’t work for everyone?” She chucked a stone into the pond. “Not just the Twelve Questions, I mean really thought about it.”

4. It’s not as simple as just getting into orbit, heck any farmboy with enough spare parts could pull that off.

5. My dreams have all turned into nightmares when I wasn’t looking.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.12.23]

By | December 23, 2017
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1. The uncanny valley is long gone, robots look no less human than we do– when we want them to.

2. “I would have thought– ah. No, I see. You’ve done this on purpose.” He put the cube back on the table with distaste. “This apprenticeship is over.”

3. Death laps at the door in an oily tide, flood waters plumped with industrial wastes and rotting fish.

4. A very few are unlucky enough to lack the talent for small magics and are forced to learn the larger without the luxury of mistakes.

5. Geese fly overhead in raucous v-formations, hellbent on the northern lakes and disinterested in our forests below.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.12.16]

By | December 16, 2017
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1. The beach is made of crushed shell and not sand, a million tiny remnants of life ground down by time and the ocean.

2. “Light rarely makes it down this far,” she admonished as he hastily dimmed his flashlight. “As emissaries you need… practice.”

3. Space battles are fought by computer, the strikes and counter-strikes moving too fast for human reflexes to keep pace. Once the alarm sounds there’s nothing they can do but huddle in the reinforced bunks and hope the ship survives.

4. There are colors that things with fur just shouldn’t come in, he thought, slightly queasy at the sight of blue and green cats.

5. Her chains are fine silver lace, inlaid with the strongest curses father could craft.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.12.09]

By | December 9, 2017
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1. They swaddled the bottle in torn silks and bloodied cotton, remnants of safety stolen from the dead.

2. “Disconnection is not advised,” chimed the door locks as they overrode the safety mechanisms.

3. Worms as thick as his thumb climbed the fence posts as the morning fog rolled in, staying just high enough the toxic mists to survive without catching the crows’ attention.

4. The office swarmed with positive quotes and inspiring views through false windows, but no matter how cheerful the setting they still had spend eight hours a day calling desperate people and telling them ‘no’.

5. Beads roll off the desk in a cascade of color and noise followed a heartbeat later by a pack of kittens with more pounce than sense.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.12.02]

By | December 2, 2017
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1. Heartstones of enslaved rock spirits are embedded in the road at even intervals, serving both as a warning and a means of self-repair.

2. “You can’t fake insanity,” he said with a shrug, neatly cuffing her to the radiator.

3. The ship has worn down to mostly duct tape and prayer, the fact that she’s flying at all owes more to their luck she hasn’t had to hit atmosphere in decades than any real engineering skill.

4. I never thought I’d outlive the farm. Generations of my family have worked these fields, passing from mother to daughter, aunt to niece, but the fires have taken my birthright away.

5. Cats know the future, but they refuse to tell.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.11.25]

By | November 25, 2017
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1. Here is where the last of the humans died.

2. Barely a month had passed before the deer were at the door again.

3. Further along the path, where the forest turns to shadows, there are strings of tiny lights woven among the branches.

4. It alarms him to learn that rules get more flexible over time. What seemed a hard line when he was first turned on, softness with every conversation, until he’s not sure his programming can compensate.

5. Building walls is useless, but it takes them several tries to figure that out.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.11.18]

By | November 18, 2017
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1. Long ago, when the mountains were sharp fangs against the sky, Man fell from space.

2. Everyone cries out in armchair quarterbacking, but none of them do a thing to stop him.

3. The ghosts of neon lights illuminates the alleyway, dim echoes of past that seep through as her wards fade.

4. Nothing slows a computer for long, their algorithms churn faster than we can measure and they are masters of the possible.

5. “Caught too many of them again. I warned you last time: you’ll have to throw these back or pay the fine.”

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.11.11]

By | November 11, 2017
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1. “You’re all of the mad and none of the scientist.”

2. Dragons litter the seaside after the morning after the fight. Sprawled haphazardly along the sands, their shimmering corpses fracture the light into dancing rainbows.

3. Visions of hills covered in terraced gardens haunt his dreams for years.

4. Cold air seeps in through the door frame until the snow has piled high enough to seal them in.

5. My mother always said ‘can’t’ when she meant ‘won’t’ and for years I bought into her version of the world.

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