Flashathon Hour 12 Prompt: From Day Al-Mohamed

We’re here at the end, so if you’ll indulge me a few moments, I’d like to explain just how the hell this came about.  Flashathon was an idea with many parents.  It was inspired by the weekly flash fiction contests run at several sites online.  It was also inspired by those who do blogathons, especially the 24 hour, 48 post Blogathon done annually on Blag Hag.  And there was just a little bit of the 8 in 8 project undertaken by Neil Gaiman and his collaborators.

One day I made an idle tweet wondering if anyone would think about doing a flash fiction marathon.  It probably would have ended there except that Day Al-Mohamed, who runs my blog-away-from-blog Unleaded.  She took the idea and started running with it.  Got me to run with it.  And here we are, a few months later, crossing the finish line that felt so impossibly far off when we first had the idea.

So since I started it off, I’ve decided to let her close it.  So this hour of the Flashathon will be inspired by her and her upcoming anthology Trust & Treachery.  Trust & Treachery is all about power struggles, politics, and posturing.   In fact, all group interactions, whether they are governmental, corporate, professional, academic, religious, or social are influenced by power dynamics. The origin of the state is found in the art of interpersonal conflict – love, hate, passion, greed, fear…  As such, we wanted to find a prompt that really got to the heart of the meaning behind the words “Trust” and “Treachery” and find something that encompassed all the emotion and conflict behind them –

So join us as we cross the finish line, hopefully together.  Tomorrow we’ll sleep in, deal with flashathon hangover, then work out who earned which levels of participation badges.  Be patient with us.  We’ll be very very tired.

And before you forget, Trust & Treachery is still looking for genre fiction submissions between 1000- 5000 words in length and will pay $20 per story for those accepted.  The deadline is December 15th, 2011.  You can check out our website at http://treachery.mlcrawford.com for more details. Who knows, perhaps your Flashathon fiction may be just the piece for us!


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    #1 by DLThurston on October 22, 2011 - 11:12 pm

    What’s here? a cup, closed in my true love’s hand?
    Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end:
    O churl! drunk all, and left no friendly drop
    To help me after? I will kiss thy lips;
    Haply some poison yet doth hang on them,
    To make die with a restorative.

    He was beneath her, motionless. Kissed by death, embraced by the grave. She knelt down next to him, tasted his lips.

    Thy lips are warm.

    They weren’t. To her mind, in this moment, she felt warmth, she felt some life still in his body. She embraced him, held him close, was certain she could hear a heartbeat where there was none. His dagger pressed into her side, invited itself further.

    Yea, noise? then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger!
    This is thy sheath;
    there rust, and let me die.

    She thrust the dagger to her heart, slumped over. The act was over. The star crossed lovers lay dead. The curtain came down, the stage lights came up, and the audience erupted in applause. They had seen Juliet and her Romeo, the lovers both on stage and off. Their passion filled the characters. She was true to her character, wanted to feel each moment, each reality.

    She rose from the plinth on stage, dropped the dagger, and walked off stage before the curtain could come up. Before the bows. Walked away from the role of her lifetime, from the role of his lifetime.

    He stayed.

    The poison had been true.

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    #2 by Day Al-Mohamed on October 22, 2011 - 11:14 pm

    Story removed per author’s request.

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    #3 by Day Al-Mohamed on October 22, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    Holy crap Batman! I finished a story in the FIRST 15 minutes!!!!

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    #4 by Jennifer Brinn on October 22, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    Yay! 12 for 12! This one rocks! I’m a little loopy right now, but it was good.

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    #5 by N.R. Brown on October 22, 2011 - 11:23 pm

    Story removed per author’s request.

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    #6 by Dana Gunn on October 23, 2011 - 12:04 am

    Done and done! It’s been a blast! Thank you all for pulling these stories out of me.

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      #7 by DLThurston on October 23, 2011 - 9:08 am

      Absolutely, thanks for coming along for the ride!

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    #8 by Day Al-Mohamed on October 23, 2011 - 12:14 am

    Dana, you rock! Thanks for hanging in there. Wasn’t sure I’d make it.

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      #9 by Dana Gunn on October 23, 2011 - 2:25 pm

      I was definitely cranking out some yawns along with the words. Needless to say, I went to bed right afterward.

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    #10 by Dana Gunn on October 23, 2011 - 12:04 am

    Story removed per author’s request.

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