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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 [2017.09.30]

By | September 30, 2017
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1. “Heaven is gone, only the war remains.”

2. Four years later the bushes are fully grown and she’s finally free of the prying eyes of her neighbors.

3. The locals had generations of stories about the horrors that slept within the tombs, but the invading armies laughed off their superstitions and ransacked the mad queen’s hoard.

4. He woke to the sound of sirens and the sharp bark of gunfire.

5. The planet’s flora has an explosive growth rate, meant to combat the constant appetites of the megafauna. Unfortunately the colony didn’t notice until they’d chased off the herds around the settlement.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.09.23]

By | September 23, 2017
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1. Sometimes it’s Kings and not Farmboys who go off to seek their fortunes, but he’s not a king, not anymore.

2. “I used to joke that this was where textbooks came to die,” she said as she sorted through the Goodwill donation bin.

3. They solved the puzzles with brute force, throwing manpower instead of brainpower into the fray.

4. No one expected much of him after the accident, traumas like that are supposed to leave you broken. When he stubbornly refused to accept the fact that he was doomed to be a twisted shell of his former self… they were annoyed instead of overjoyed.

5. The gun’s logic circuits process the situation faster than they can, selecting ammunition and calculating trajectories as soon as it starts to leave the holster.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.09.16]

By | September 16, 2017
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1. Every year they killed the last of the dragons and every year the ocean birthed new ones.

2. She feels like she’s always packing up her life to move somewhere. An endless cycle of purging-packing-nesting that makes the concept of home seem distant and dreamlike.

3. The long distance ships are massive things, cobwebbed with transport systems. It would take days to walk from the bow to the stern, so even the failover systems have backups.

4. “Have you heard about the fire?”

5. The first day of summer vacation is always overwhelming– There’s no school to eat up his days and he can do anything. So much to do! So much to accomplish! …So he goes back to bed instead.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.09.09]

By | September 9, 2017
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1. When I was younger climbing trees ended in bruises instead of broken bones.

2. For centuries the aliens don’t notice us and we don’t notice them– we’re just too different, too alien to recognize each other.

3. “I explained the rules,” the genie said with a resigned frustration. “Multiple times. Wishes that violate the rules won’t work, no matter how convoluted your reasoning gets. This isn’t logic, this is magic.”

“You just say that because I haven’t figured it out yet.”

4. Volumes have been written on the art of war… we will be the first to author the books on peace.

5. Magic is trapped in the cracks of the stones, yellow-blue flashes of light that snap and pop are never quite green.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.09.02]

By | September 2, 2017
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1. “This is the last thing I wanted– to win by without any shred of honor left? But the phrophecy can’t go unfufilled.”

2. Cold winds creep sluggishly along the valley floor, the merest whisper of frost that hints at the storm to come.

3. Dogs sprawl about the campsite, exhausted but alert for the slightest sounds of food.

4. The light of the dying star dims as they fly closer, peeling off the centuries in a fast-forward dash to the present.

5. Songs are meant to be sung at certain times of day and punishment for singing out of step is swift and vicious.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.08.26]

By | August 26, 2017
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1. Radiation batters the sensors in a rush of static, but echoing through the noise is the heartbeat ping of the beacon.

2. “Everything ends.” He tossed the last shovel of dirt onto the gravemound and paused to wipe his brow. “Good things, bad things, it doesn’t matter. Take nothing for granted.”

3. The oldest races are the largest, evolved in a more forgiving world they have been slow to adapt to the new reality.

4. Someone calling during dinner was one of my grandmother’s gravest sins and I watched her outlast telemarketer after telemarketer in stoic silence.

5. Fine gray moss grows in the crevices, scattered like ashes across the collapsed brickwork.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.08.19]

By | August 19, 2017
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1. Spectral wolves guard the edges of the forest, hard slices of moonlight given life and purpose.

2. “Views like this are hard to come by.” She looked out into the void, but there was no joy there, no terror… all she felt was a deep aching sadness.

3. The birds race across the sky in a living thunderhead, flashing blue and white as the flock banks and dives to avoid the hawks.

4. Space travel will never be safe, just safe enough, and only that elusive threshold is keeping us from the stars.

5. Lulls in the fighting give them time to burn the dead before they turn.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.08.12]

By | August 12, 2017
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1. “You never know what you’ll find in one of these, but statistics don’t lie.” She glared at the abandoned storage locker and the hours of work ahead of them.

“So… trash?”

2. Leftovers, if they’re lucky enough to have any, form the base for the next day’s stew or go into the pit for the pigs.

3. Dragons eat everything: animals, plants, dirt… The fuel required to keep the massive beasts healthy has them constantly in motion and always hungry.

4. Doing asteroid work is the best kind of escape, out here’s there’s nothing for years but me and the rocks.

5. Red is easiest dye to make, the fields are lush with pokeweed and huckleberries.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.08.05]

By | August 5, 2017
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1. Thousands of other civilizations have come and gone before the first humans arrive to join the war.

2. There’s a rhythm to morning drive-through he can get lost in, but the sudden arrival of a bus throws the kitchen into chaos.

3. Gold paint adorns the acolytes, intricate patterns that catch the light from the stained-glass windows and bring them one step closer to the divine.

4. “Pull and twist, don’t just pull.” Father tugs his own weed out of the ground as she watches carefully, frustrated but determined to get this right.

5. The quartz spiders are giant delicate things, crystalline legs flexing like blades of grass as they hunt silently along the cavern walls.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.07.29]

By | July 29, 2017
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1. I learned to lie almost as soon as I learned to speak.

2. For the first few months she watches the stars every chance she gets, curled up on the observation deck’s benches and lost in dreams of what could be.

3.“It’s easy to hide magic in the mundane. People are always willing to dismiss things as tricks of the light or imagination instead of facing the idea that the world is bigger than they think.”

4.There are thick fabric steps woven into the mammoth’s girth that lead into the riding canopy.

5. Jumping off the ledge is something he can’t bring himself to do. Night after night he walks to the line between life and death and every morning he goes home again.

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