Flashathon Hour 11 Prompt: From Jean Marie Ward

From Wikipedia:

In endurance sports such as cycling and running, hitting the wall or the bonk describes a condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which manifests itself by sudden fatigue and loss of energy. Milder instances can be remedied by brief rest and the ingestion of food or drinks containing carbohydrates. The condition can usually be avoided by ensuring that glycogen levels are high when the exercise begins, maintaining glycogen levels during exercise by eating or drinking carbohydrate-rich substances, or by reducing exercise intensity.

We’re not running, we’re not biking, but we are writing.  And don’t pretend it’s not hard at times.  Anyone who has hit the wall at this point I can’t blame.  Perhaps I’m there myself.  But we’ve just got to push through, because we’ve come this far and we’ve only got two hours to go.

This hour the prompt comes courtesy of Jean Marie Ward writer of anything and everything.  This prompt didn’t come with the picture, but I felt like we would be well served by seeing this rather beautiful flower at this, our moment of need.  So let’s go:

Japanese spider lilies

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.  Will your story qualify?  And was that absolutely way too much pressure to put on you this late at night?

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith), finaled in two categories of the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, coming from DAW Tekno Books in March 2012. She is also known for her art books, such as the popular Fantasy Art Templates. She edited the web magazine Crescent Blues for eight years and now writes for other online venues, including Buzzy Multimedia. Her web site is JeanMarieWard.com.


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    #1 by DLThurston on October 22, 2011 - 10:10 pm

    It was graceful, sitting there as thought weightless, delicate tendrils flipped up at the end. It was beautiful, festooned with petals like thin ribbons. She knelt down next to it, and breathed deep the sweet aroma that sat like an aura around the bloom.

    Her head filled with the beautiful scent, swimming around her nose dancing through her brain. It took her to another world, filled with the sense memories of her youth, a simpler time before age crinkled her face, bent her spine, greyed her hair, blurred her vision. Her thin lips spread across her face in a smile. It felt good. It felt right.

    She took one more deep sniff of the simple flower, let it into her. Let it be her. Turned it into her whole existence.

    And let go.

    After a few minutes, the attendants came in, covered her, and took her away. The flower remained, bold blood red, before it too slipped away. One last memory. One last sensation of the patient’s choice.

    One last moment of happiness.

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    #2 by Jennifer Brinn on October 22, 2011 - 10:20 pm

    So I went with a Chinese based story. It is really creeping me out. But I think this will be a good story. Yay for making it through 11!

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    #3 by Day Al-Mohamed on October 22, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    Story removed per author’s request.

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    #4 by N.R. Brown on October 22, 2011 - 10:35 pm

    Story removed per author’s request.

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    #5 by N.R. Brown on October 22, 2011 - 10:39 pm

    (A combo of the prompt and the idea of the 11th hour banging around in my head!) :)

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