The flash-fiction that included my main protagonist really helped me to get to know my character. With that in mind, today’s blog post is another brief story/flash-fiction that features another of the characters from my NaNoWriMo novel.
Isolde sat cross-legged on the grass; the flower in front of her towered over her head. Her eyes became a brilliant purple, and the flower began to change. Slightly at first, but as she continued to stare, the petals changed colour, the leaves grew larger and then changed shape. The stem writhed under her control, the flower-head tilting and turning. Finally the flower shrank and regressed back into a seedling, and then finally into a seed.
She giggled to herself, and ran her hands through her hair, flapping her wings. They moved so fast that all you could see was a red and purple blur. She lifted off the ground, and hovered effortlessly.
“Hmmm, I’m bored.” She sighed.
A small mammal poked its nose through the undergrowth. It was small, furry and orange with black spots. As it saw Isolde it cowered slightly. Isolde darted forward landing a few feet in front of the creature. It came up to Isolde’s waist yet still looked cautious of her.
“Hey there Cutey. You’ll play with me won’t you?” She said running forward and throwing her arms around the animal. It sniffed at Isolde with its shiny nose, and took a few steps back.
“Hmm well if we’re gonna have fun, we have to do something about how scared you are.” Although Isolde had the body of a well-developed woman, she spoke with such playfulness you could mistake her for being much younger. “Let’s make you a bit braver, shall we.”
Isolde’s eyes glowed purple and sparks of energy spat off of her. She flapped her wings and hovered in front of the creature focussing her magic on the unsuspecting creature. It began to glow. Energy pulsed off the creature, which now had its nose in the air and its head back, showing Isolde its two front teeth. It looked directly at Isolde with a new confidence in its eyes.
“Perfect! Now I hope you’re not going to run away from me….” with a crackling noise, energy sparked violently off Isolde. Her eyes glowed so intensely that her face disappeared behind the glow.
The aura surrounding the creature became intense and crackled violently. Its placid eyes grew narrow and cruel; its prominent teeth became large and pointed. Isolde was panicking; she couldn’t stop the flow of magic. It was like a switch had been flicked and there was no way for her stop it. The creature became larger in every way; its forelegs rippled with strength, and now ended in four sharp claws. It’s back warped as muscles and spines burst from it.
With an audible pop, the magic just stopped and she dropped to the floor exhausted, landing face down on the grass. She stood up and saw the monster she’d created. It stomped it’s feet and approached her slowly with its head down, though not out of subservience.
“I think the fun’s over now.” Isolde cracked her knuckles “I think it’s time for you to go.” Isolde’s eyes glowed purple once more, but faded after a second.
“Time… to… go.” Isolde tried again, even trying a theatrical hand-gesture, but her eyes flickered purple once more, and then just stopped. “Oh crap!”
Realising her mistake she flapped wings and took off. She only got about two feet off the ground before the creature’s tongue shot out. It was long, yellow and as Isolde found out very sticky. She couldn’t escape and she found herself heading towards the rows of sharp teeth. Isolde’s eyes flickered purple a few more times out of desperation, but it was no good she’d exhausted her magic, she was going to die.
Fzzzzzt! The creature shrank back to its normal size, and was very surprised to find that it was about to eat another creature. It hopped off back into the undergrowth scared and presumably trying to figure out what had just happened.
“What in Elder’s name do you think you’re doing?” A familiar voice came from behind her. It was her sister. “You do know how close to being killed you were just then, right?”
“Cherry? What are you doing here?”
“Well you didn’t turn up for training, so I thought I’d look for you. Good job I did eh?”
“Sorry? That’s all I’m getting? What were you even trying to do?”
“I was just trying to have some fun.” As soon as Isolde said it, she knew that she’d given her sister all the ammunition she needed.
“Fun! I’m sorry, did you say fun? What in elder’s name were you going to do for an encore? Chop off your own head?”
“I don’t know what happened. I just couldn’t stop it.”
“You’re young and you’re still in training. You know, training? That thing you skipped out on so you could nearly get eaten. I mean for the love of…”
“Look, I said I’m sorry. You’ve done things like this too you know? How is this any different to when you turned all the grass red?”
“That was a long time ago. I was young. I’ve since had more training and now I can control the magic. If you go to your training, do well in..”
“Elders save me from another, fly straight, work hard speech. Just leave me alone.”
“Fine! I’m heading back to the village.” Cherry flapped her wings and took off, darting off in to the distance.
“Go on then. I don’t care.” Isolde stomped her foot and folded her arms, then she flew off to catch up with her sister. “Please don’t tell Dad.”
“I won’t!” Cherry shouted from the distance.
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