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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 [16.12.03]

By | December 3, 2016
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1. Four yards of fabric costs her a month’s spending money, but she can feel the dress itching to be free.

2. Magic is a skill that anyone can learn, but that golden ticket is bought with years of tedious study and endless repetition and few are willing to pay the price.

3. The dragon is barn sour and refuses to leave the nests unless the rest of the wing is also in the air. She’s fixed the behavior in horses dozens of times, but she’s not quite sure how to fix a lizard.

4. Everyone has stories from The Day The Elevators Broke.

5. “I think I might have made a mistake…”
“You think?
“I was trying to be polite!”

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.11.26]

By | November 26, 2016
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1. In the caves you learn that death always follows light.

2. She sung the pack awake when the sun rose behind a layer of clouds and her sister led the call when the day broke on blue skies.

3. “Have you ever stopped to think about why we have these rules before you break them?” The elder wizard asked tiredly as they finished quenching the last of the fire demons.

4. Downtown was half office buildings and half industrial yards and for the first time in her life the phrase ‘wrong side of the train tracks’ actually made sense.

5. I have spent my life collecting other people’s memories. Photographs, keepsakes, stories plucked from the rubble and displayed in art galleries in the vain hope that I can keep the world from another war.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.11.19]

By | November 19, 2016
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1. They might not understand the words, but every child old enough to sing has memorized the ballads of the Long Summer.

2. The car is held together by duct tape, coat hangers, and more curses than prayers.

3. Fear is the last thing a predator wants to sense; a scared meal is a moving meal. If you want to live long enough to have cubs of your own, learn to soothe and not terrify.

4. Metal armor only amplifies the heat of the dragon’s lair and they shed layers as they creep inwards until only thin layers of cloth and leather protect them from the flames.

5. “Your sister hates me already, I think.” He rubbed his jaw where the bruise was blooming. “And I haven’t even started.”

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.11.12]

By | November 12, 2016
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1. They line the coffins with hemlock and rhubarb leaves to make sure the dead stay dead.

2. I never knew my sister or her husband, but I wasn’t going to admit that to the social worker. Dad’s family had decided long before I was born that Rebecca would be the last of his children and no one could convince them otherwise. But I was all their kids had now and damned if I was going to let that lie ruin their lives too.

3. Mountains rise up through the clouds like a line of old teeth, rounded and broken by the years.

4. Sparks are torn free of the fire by the wind and dance across the night sky, a thousand dying stars each born to carry her wishes to the Moon.

5. “It’s not that!” He objected, trying desperately to come up with another reason that she would believe.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.11.05]

By | November 5, 2016
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1. “My brother killed himself three days ago. I don’t care what your papers say, that thing isn’t him.”

2. There’s no more silence in the forest once the leaves fall, the summer was too dry and everything is crisp and crunches at the slightest pressure.

3. It’s not a skill that can be learned but he practices every day, layering failure after failure.

4. I don’t have anything left of my old life and sometimes in those half-asleep moments at dawn and dusk I think perhaps I only imagined those grand adventures.

5. Hundreds (if not thousands) of generations are needed to refine the mutations required and the only ones with the patience to try are computers.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.10.29]

By | October 29, 2016
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1. He stood on the edge of the fog bank daring the demons to step into the light.

2. My life revolves around homework and tests… and every so often I have this crushing moment of clarity that life will never be this simple again.

3. The young sea dragon coils in on itself, forming an ever-shifting knot of prismatic scales that lures the seagulls into striking range.

4. Time is something he has learned to live without.

5. “Stand back!” He said, with a dramatic flourish and a daredevil grin. “I’m pretty sure this is going to end badly, so make sure you have the camera in focus, k?”

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.10.22]

By | October 22, 2016
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1. The cat walked along the rooftop with deliberate slowness, pausing now and then to look down at the pack of howling dogs below.

2. “Wait, wait, you’re building an Artificial Intelligence whose sole purpose is to learn how to most effectively scam people over email? How is that not alarming to anyone else in this room?!”

3. The herdbeasts are massive, irritable things that have fought off domestication for centuries… so where they go, the tribe follows.

4. Over the years my Aunt has perfected the art of malicious gifting.

5. The magic made her fingers itch until she slipped on her step-father’s gloves.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.10.15]

By | October 15, 2016
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1. They worked frantically to drag the wounded from the battlefield as the forest began to eat the dead.

2. Four towers reach up from the walls, each tipped with a burning flame of different colors. Mirrormen use them to signal incoming airships to their berths in an endless dance of light and color.

3. “I don’t remember offering you a choice.”

4. He hadn’t lost his cellphone, he had lost his life. Every thing that mattered was on that charred piece of plastic, still smoldering under the extinguishing foam, and he had no way of telling anyone.

5. The cub was a rambunctious ball of fluff and feathers, more apt to amuse than terrify.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.10.08]

By | October 8, 2016
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1. “No one is irredeemably evil,” she said as she tightened the straps. “It might take hours or years, but there hasn’t been a brain yet we haven’t fixed. Don’t worry, we’ll save you… but this might sting a bit.”

2. Things that aren’t quite dogs run alongside the horses. Instead of howls, their packsong is akin to whales, deep moaning booms and chirps that dance along your bones.

3. Nights are illuminated travesties, not a single star shines through the well-lit gloom of the city skies.

4. True spaceships aren’t designed to be seen up close, their bulky well-protected hulls are unbalanced and unappealing. If you’re rich and want the worlds to know it, you make sure the designers spend their time on shuttlecraft instead.

5. After hours civilians are few and far between, it’s the military that rules the colony once the suns go down.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.10.01]

By | October 1, 2016
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1. There are massive lighthouses in the wastes, beacons against the ever increasing nights, and one by one they’re going out.

2. This far outside of the shipping lanes space is statistically empty.

3. “I used to dream about mountains.” He looked out across the ridgeline, clutching the coffee mug. “They were bright purple with snow-covered tips and ringed with clouds.”

4. The demon feels like static, sharp pops and crackles against her fingertips.

5. I didn’t realize it at the time, but he meant it when he said he was never coming back.

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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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