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Duty

February 24, 2017 • erthwitch

Comanche's eye, photo prompt for 100-word flash.

Duty

“What are your priorities?” She asked me and continued her task without waiting for an answer. My wrists jerked when she cinched the saddle. I winced. This would be an uncomfortable ride.

“Hindsight isn’t very useful from that positon, is it?” she said, more as a statement than a question. Apparently, she thought I knew the answer to her first question.

Satisfied her cargo was secure she swung herself into the seat and gave the horse a nudge. “You’ll learn soon enough. She comes first. Everything else falls into place after that.”

Apparently my wandering days were done. Duty called.


 

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Categories: 100 word flash

Full Disclosure

February 17, 2017 • erthwitch

Full Disclosure

“Your window is closing,” she said.

“Why do you keep telling me that?” he replied. “I said I don’t care.”

I have to. Full disclosure, you know. She slipped into thought transfer.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said.

She sighed.

If you have any doubts, now is your last chance to leave. I need to know you fully understand.

Tendrils of glowing matter, etheric mycelial roots, exuded from her fingertips. They burrowed into the soft skin at the back of his neck as she embraced him.

If he felt it, he didn’t protest. He gave himself over fully to the inoculation.


 

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Categories: 100 word flash

Rock Telepathy

February 11, 2017 • erthwitch

Photo to accompany Rock Telepathy

Rock Telepathy

For the lawn, turn to the rock.

He pointed to a large boulder.

It will hinder grass growth through telepathy. We do all the maintenance here through rock telepathy. It is hard work, but we’re suited for that, as you can see.

I don’t understand. How can a rock mow grass?

It doesn’t. The rock tells the grass to stop growing. So if you wait until the grass is tall, it’ll be next season before you’ll see results. This year you’ll have tall grass. Next year, tall dead grass. Unless you take up a sickle yourself.  New grass stays short.


 

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Categories: 100 word flash

The Taste of Witch Hazel

February 1, 2017 • erthwitch

Here’s an excerpt from yesterday’s word count:

While I’d learned the names of many plants by helping my parents on cataloging expeditions, I didn’t know much about using them. DRSS said chewing twigs of witch hazel would help with any ill effects of the spring water … or did he say spicebush twigs?
I pushed one of the shrubs out of my face and broke off a twig to chew. There were still a few of last year’s nut pods clinging. The empty shells crumbled and fell between my fingers. Nothing. Too bad, too. I was tired of eating freeze-dried rations and hoped for a little more flavor tonight. As soon as I put the twig in my mouth I knew it wasn’t going to be something I’d want to do often.
“Hey,” I croaked.
“Huh,” DRSS grunted as he hacked a path through a patch of catbriers.
“Is is witch hazel or spicebush you said to chew on?” I spat the astringent taste of witch hazel out of my mouth. My mouth felt as if all the moisture had wicked out of it and my throat puckered tight. I took a small sip of my water, swished, and spat again before taking another sip to swallow.
“Spicebush.”
“Oh.” Good. That witch hazel stuff was awful.
“But if you did have the runs, the witch hazel would help quell it.”
Uggh. I gathered a few twigs and stuffed them into one of the lower leg pockets that wasn’t already too full. Never knew when I might need the nasty stuff.

from the excerpt "Taste of Witch Hazel" by Ima Erthwitch

Witch hazel flowers.


 

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Little Spells

January 22, 2017 • erthwitch
Little Spells, a 100 word flash fiction story from Ima Erthwitch.

Image credit goes to Cut out and Keep.

Little Spells

His hand trembled as he held the sealed vial to the window. I watched his face pale in the filtered sunlight as it
illuminated the words on the tiny scroll.

”What is this?” he asked, handing it to me.

He wanted me to lie. My little spells always made him nervous. His slight tremor was enough to give me reason to carefully consider
my response.

”What do you think?” I asked. Great tactic. Answer a question with a question. A few seconds passed.

I put the vial on the floor. Smashed it with my shoe.

”There,” I said. “It’s gone.”


 

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Handful of Trouble

January 5, 2017 • erthwitch
White baneberry, doll's eyes, Actaea pachypoda

White baneberry, doll’s eyes, Actaea pachypoda

Handful of Trouble

And she thought a handful of baneberry would keep me at bay. Another one rolled from beneath the pile of cushions where she hid. White ones no less. I reached down and smashed one between thumb and forefinger where she could see it.

A fresh round of muffled sniveling.

“Do you really believe the old-wives’ tales?” Surely not. Not in this day and age. “Come on.”

Not that I expected her to be obedient, but this was getting old. Aconite last time, baneberry this one.

What next? Maybe a neck-bag of garlic. At least I could do something with that.


 

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Categories: 100 word flash

In the Blink of an Eye

December 21, 2016 • erthwitch

I set out to write a new first sentence, maybe two or three, for The First Hunt.

500 words later I realized I’d rewritten the entire first chapter. And so it turns out that in the blink of an eye my story has a new beginning that better sets the tone and introduces the protagonist, Treya.

Here’s the first paragraph:

Many people say life can change in the blink of an eye. I can testify to that. My name is Treya. A man who smelled of mold materialized out of thin air on a crowded street in Bentonville . Right in front of me. He muttered a threat and then disappeared in that same blink of an eye way. Totally disintegrated my notions of how the Universe operated and propelled me toward today’s life-changing event.


 

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So Many Doors

November 23, 2016 • erthwitch
So Many Doors, a rural fantasy 100-word flash fiction by Ima Erthwitch

So Many Doors

So Many Doors

So many doors. Too many.

Too many options and not one single hint. What is the world coming to?

It’s not as if I can go door to door checking to see which one I want to take.

No. Instructions said “only choose one”. That’s all. No clue.

Not a hint as to what might happen if I chose two. Or six. What then?

How am I to know if the risk is worth the consequences?

Someone I knew once said “just hold your hand over the doorknobs, you’ll feel the one”.

Whatever. They all feel the same to me.


 

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Categories: 100 word flash

Excerpt from Chapter 9 of “The First Hunt”

November 23, 2016 • erthwitch

The First Hunt by Ima Erthwitch book cover.“The First Hunt” is the first book of my Bounty Hunter series. It’s set in northwest Arkansas. Most of book one takes place in the Ozark outback, away from the populated towns or cities.

I’ve been working on revising and polishing the second draft and thought I’d post a little from today’s work. Let me know if it piques your interest.

Chapter Nine
Leaving City Limits

Nothing looked the same on the outskirts anymore. Nothing was the same anymore in town either, but the change was more drastic out here. Lowell and Springdale looked like ghost towns. Where there had once been shopping malls and service stations and restaurants, now there were empty parking lots with weeds and cedar trees growing in the cracks. The buildings were little more than empty shells. Some of them had been partially demolished.

The large department stores were still in use, but they weren’t for public use any longer. DRSS noticed me craning my neck to better see what used to be a Neighborhood Market grocery store.

“They use them for warehousing now,” he said.

“For warehousing what?” I asked.

“Food, commodities. Whatever. All those things that are delivered weekly in the People’s Care Packages,” he said.

“Oh.”

As we passed it, I noticed the guard station at the entrance to the complex.

“So where do all the things come from if there aren’t any more factories here to produce them?” I asked. No one I knew worked in such a facility. I’d never paid much attention to where my food and toilet paper had come from since they started arriving in boxes.


 

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Hello world!

November 14, 2016 • erthwitch

This site is new and under construction.


 

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