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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 [16.09.24]

By | September 24, 2016
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1. Ancient white rocks mark the edges of the roadways at staggered intervals. Intricate carvings that might be words adorn each face, but there’s no men left alive who can read them.

2. “Couldn’t I just have what you’re having?” The cat looked down at its dinner with disgust. “I know I said I wanted it when I saw the commercial, but they made it look like food.”

3. Magic seeped slowly under the bathroom door as he frantically stuffed the gaps with towels.

4. They watched the chemtrails boil and fade in the wake of the shuttle as it left to rejoin the ships in orbit. Four years alone hadn’t seemed that long looking down from orbit, but now that they were firmly on the ground, it seemed forever.

5. “I told you not to look him in the eye!”

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.17]

By | September 17, 2016
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1. There’s no history here yet, so they set about making some.

2. The plow mule is a massive thing, made for raw power instead of riding comfort, but it’s fast enough to save him from the flood waters and smart enough to keep him from walking across landslides and broken bridges.

3.“You’re cute when you’re angry.”
You’re an ass when you’re drunk.”
“Ooo, good catch! Five points to Slytherin.”
“Can you please stop that and help me?”
“It’s the end of the world, I think I’ve earned it.”

4. Four miles down the last named road the GPS insisted he take a left into the woods. It took him a good five minutes to find the ghost of an old dirt road overgrown with weeds and a handful of thin saplings. Another strong summer and the track would be completely lost to the forest. For a moment he though about pretending it already was.

5. She told them her magic was in her hair, because she’d been down this road before and hair is easier to regrow than hands.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.10]

By | September 10, 2016
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1.  The dead have no choice but to listen, trapped by the walls of the catacombs.

2. Magic curls around the base of the statue like a nest of vipers, misty coils moving restlessly along the bas relief of war.

3. “I am not required to choose anyone,” the dragon’s mental voice sang in her mind as it carefully worked its way free of the egg. “I know you’ve been brought here against your will, that’s obvious, but you would make an amazing partner, if you’d have me.”

4. He waits until the movie starts and the docent is distracted to slip in his headphones.

5. The winds tear through the forest in a hollowing booming roar punctuated with the snaps and cracks of the trees.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.03]

By | September 3, 2016
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1. Intellectually she knows the birds are closer to owls than parrots, but the first time one  pounces on a rat she flinches. Happy songbird chirps interspaced with the crunch of bone chip away at the last of her sanity.

2. Humans expand through space slowly, one careful colony at a time. But that thoughtful measured approach is offset by the frantic chaos of robotic fleets that gallop along in front of them laying the Empire’s foundations.

3. “This is pointless! You can’t be perfect every time, it’s not possible.”

“If I’m not people will die. Just give me a minute and we can try again.”

“No. This is war. People are going to die no matter what you do.”

4. On the clear days you can see all the way down into the valley, but the mountain is a magnet for clouds. Most days all he can see is the bank of soft rolling grays.

5. If you try hard enough you can pretend the world away.

 

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.27]

By | August 27, 2016
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1. There’s some confusion at first if dragons cause fires or fires cause dragons.

2. It had been a once in a century sort of accident, but that didn’t stop his brain from panicking every time he stepped through automatic doors.

3. “Love does mean having to say you’re sorry… a lot actually.” He grinned up at the stars, lost in fond memories. “But as you learn each other, you end up saying it less and less, because you stop doing the things you’d have to apologize for.” He gave his nephew a measuring look. “So if you really love her, start apologizing and dammit you aren’t perfect, stop expecting her to be.”

4. As the world faded into the static of the void, she could have sworn she heard him say goodbye.

5. It doesn’t take long for time travelers to stop being human.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.20]

By | August 20, 2016
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1. “–will you stop shooting me? It’s–” … “–obviously not going to work–” … “–what part of ‘won’t stay dead’ is confusing you?”

2. She’d forgotten what it was like to live in a city, steeped in that sense of frantic urgency large clusterings of humanity exuded.

3. There’s a rock at the bottom of the lake with our initials on it. It was part of the spell that was supposed to make him love me, but we all know how that turned out.

4. Wood in the colony is cheap and expensive at the same time. Firm beams are rarer than unicorns, but the carpenters work their magic on the scraps of the wagons and there is thin decorative paneling to spare.5. They thought he was kidding at first, who really says they want to be an assassin when they grow up? But he got older and the answer never changed.

5. They thought he was kidding at first, who really says they want to be an assassin when they grow up? But he got older and the answer never changed.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.13]

By | August 13, 2016
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1. When she was too young to know better she made the mistake of telling people she could see the creatures in the fog.

2. The roads are hard packed clay, roasted under the summer sun and worn smooth by the herds. When the monsoons arrive they’ll turn to mud, but for now the way is clear.

3. He’s loved the feeling of falling ever since he stepped off his first diving board.

4. There’s nothing organic about the city’s layout; every street, every building was carefully planned out centuries ago. They’ve followed those blueprints religiously for generations. If you see a tree, it’s because some ancient architect decreed the need for one, to balance some undecipherable mathematical equation. No one knows what would happen if they deviate from the plan, but there’s not one of us brave enough to find out.

5. “I’d say ‘follow your heart’, but let’s be honest– your heart has a terrible track record.”

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.06]

By | August 6, 2016
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1. The southern forests were perpetually on fire, faint yellow flames dancing along each evergreen bough in unnatural symbiosis.

2. Ghosts use memories as currency.

3. The ink was bespelled so only vampires could read the warning. To everyone else the painting in my mother’s foyer was just unsettling, although they could never pinpoint why.

4. To the rational world, the job had nothing to offer; it was a pay cut, a move cross-country, and a sideway jump into a field with no upward mobility. To Keith, it was his childhood dream come true.

5. Mail wasn’t delivered on Sundays, but that didn’t stop the package from appearing in her mailbox.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.07.30]

By | July 30, 2016
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1. It’s the last time she’ll see them before the executions.

2. Four massive stone beasts sit at the cardinal points of the glade. Perched on soapstone pedestals they glaring disapproving down at the empty altar.

3. “Your mother had more respect for–”

“My mother was an idiot. I’m not.”

4. Metal spoons last longer than wooden ones, but the tinkers and traders are few and far between in the long hot summers. So they spend their idle time whittling as they watch the herds.

5. The bus is late– the bus is always late, but this time he can’t afford to wait.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.07.23]

By | July 23, 2016
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1. He knocks four times before she answers.

2. There are secrets hidden in the bottom of Quarry Lake, but none of them can dive deep enough to reach them

3. Space Station mechanics hold the lives of everyone in their hands. It’s a terrifying burden that wears away at their nerves and drives them planetside for respite.

4. “You aren’t the first person to ask me for rain,” the dragon said, uncoiling slowly from its lake. “But you are the first willing to pay the price.”

5. Watching her friends dance around the limitation they couldn’t get a job without a car and couldn’t get a car without a job was incredibly frustrating. So when her great-aunt left her an unexpected fortune she ignored her new investment advisors and started a non-profit taxi service instead.

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We’re in the final stretch of Camp NaNoWriMo, good luck to everyone! 😀

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.07.16]

By | July 16, 2016
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1. She’s forgotten how to use her wings.

2. “In my day it wasn’t polite to be imaginary.” Grandmama gave the jackalope a pointed glare over the top of her knitting.

3. Stars only glitter pleasantly planetside, in space they’re cold unwavering points of light.

4. The oddest part of being turned into a child is having to relearn how to act like one.

5. The boulders are covered in moss and slick with diamonds of morning dew. She can see his footprints clearly, but knows she can’t move fast enough before the rising sun wipes them away.

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I hope everyone is having a great July 2016 Camp NaNoWriMo! 😀

The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.07.09]

By | July 9, 2016
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1. Dragons eat armour as well as flesh and extrude the metals into their scales, so you can tell how many armies have fallen to a wyrm by the ripples of steel.

2. Immortality wears all the novelty out of life. After a few thousand years there are few things she hasn’t done and true death is all the more enticing for its evasiveness.

3. “Why don’t they have cooking shows for beginners?” She frowned at the thirty-second clip of the show that made filleting fish look effortless. “They make all of this look so easy, it feels even worse when I fail.”

“If it makes you feel better, watching “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” makes me feel horrible as well.” He looked down at the piles of papers left to grade.

4. He desperately wants to fit in, but even with the thickest glamours they seem to know instinctively he isn’t human.

5. If anyone objects they’re too scared to admit it.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.07.02]

By | July 2, 2016
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1. The light of the second sun fades with the dragons and when the last one dies the skies go dark in mourning.

2.  “I just bought this!” She shook the flashlight a few times before tossing it to her partner. “You’re the tech genius, make yourself useful.”

3.  Sea magic ebbs with the tide, but out where the land is only a memory it’s unstoppable.

4. I used to spend hours dreaming about what life would be like when I grew up. Now I cling to what’s left of my memories and try not to think about the future.

5. Their language has no words for apology and the translation teams stumble around the concepts of guilt and blame. In this world there are mistakes… and nothing more.

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Happy July 2016 Camp NaNoWriMo! 😀

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.06.25]

By | June 25, 2016
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1. I wished on a star once and it came true… I’ve spent the rest of my life being careful never to wish again.

2. The horses that live in the valley are sacred, sworn to the service of the God Under the Mountain. When the boy-king’s armies march down from the mountains, he orders them slaughtered in the name of a new god and the rivers run with blood.

3. Her fingers dance over the keyboards, redefining friend and foe as the station’s AI slowly wakes from hibernation.

4. “I thought I’d forgotten you,” he reached out, but dropped his hand before he could touch her face. “I thought that you’d faded away, but you pop-up when I least expect it.”

5. The snow hisses as it strikes the ground.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.06.18]

By | June 18, 2016
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1. The rush of molten blood beneath the dragon’s skin brightens its scales until it nearly glows in fury.

2. I left home when I was forty-nine and I don’t regret a minute of it.

3. “Right, so we’re unarmed, outnumbered, and there’s no cavalry coming. Would this be a good time to say ‘I told you so’ or should I wait until we’re actually captured?”

4. The woods are full of constant noise. Rustling leaves, the scratch of tiny nails against the bark, all punctuated with gusts of wind that bend heavier bows creaking under its push.

5. Loose horses are as common as dogs in the village and it takes her a few days to get used to the idea that they haven’t escaped.

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