Weighty Matters

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Photo copyright: Magaly Guerrero

It time to go Miss,  the lord demands it. We will be traveling fast and light. Viya knew Karr meant she should take the merest of luggage. Well she could travel light, and she would relish getting out of the underground cage. She slipped the fine wooden needle down the side of her moccasins. She was ready. For the moment Karr had escaped the needles pain, but she would still had to face Einar and Arric. Karr had her wrists bound, and then groping her smiled,  he believed the lord Einar would do more. Karr consoled himself, entertainers approached, they had better be good.

Substance for the Writer

Substance for the Writer

Footnote: Weighty Matters is a snippet from my developing novella: Dawn Rider.

This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I’m a bit mystified as to what’s going on here. All the best on your novella.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Rochelle, I am also mystified. I know is that Viya is being held captive, and that the entertainers are attempting to release her. but they arrive to late.

  2. neilmacdon

    An escape. I got that. Some fighting to come. I think

    1. Michael Humphris

      Today I found myself writing another brief section of a story called Dawn Rider. It took over my original idea for this prompt which was to write a story about pressing flowers! Definitely some fighting to come, as I struggle to keep the Dawn Rider story from dominating my other writing.

      1. neilmacdon

        Good luck!

        1. Michael Humphris

          I think that I am going to need it. Thank you Neil

  3. Joe Owens

    She is intending harm to Lord Einar, right? Good tension built in these few words.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Joe. The needle is for her protection, if Lord Einar attempts to molest her she will take his life. Each comments that I get clarifies my thoughts on the Dawn Rider story

  4. Iain Kelly

    Intriguing stuff, look forward to more.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Then I hope that inspiration helps me. Thank you Iain

  5. granonine

    This is one resourceful young woman, I think.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Then I have done my storytelling right. Thank you so much.

  6. nonsmokingladybug

    After reading all the comments I think I got it now.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sorry my title could have been better, when I penned the title I had a very different story in mind!

  7. Sandra

    Something is building nicely here.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, I do hope so.

  8. Magaly Guerrero

    Someone is going to bleed… if they aren’t careful.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think that you may be right, time will tell. Thank you Magaly, the picture inspired several pieces of flash fiction for my note book.

  9. gahlearner

    Intriguing, great building of tension. I hope she succeeds.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I believe that she will, although I have yet to complete her story

  10. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    A bit of intrigue in every sentence. Interesting take on the prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased that the feeling of intrigue came across. Thank you Isadora

  11. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    This was an intriguing glimpse into another story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased to hear your comment. Thank you.

  12. plaridel

    i’m a little curious as to what would happen next. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am too, I really do hope that I can develope this story.

  13. rgayer55

    I had to read it twice. Just my opinion, but I think there should be a comma after “groping her, smiled,”
    On my first read, I thought he was groping her smile. How silly of me. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Russel, I think you are right, thank you for the feedback, I will insert the comma.

  14. amiewrites74

    Intriguing story. She is determined and something tells me that she will escape.

    1. Michael Humphris

      There is a group of determined travellers trying to catch up with her and help her to escape, but as yet I have not penned whether they are successful in their aim.

  15. yarnspinnerr

    Intriguing. looking forward …

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Yarnspinner.

  16. Michael Wynn

    Intriguing Michael, although I feel ‘m missing something not fully understanding who the characters are, especially the entertainers. I like the brooding menace implied by the secreted needle

    1. Michael Humphris

      The entertainers are in reality a group of shape-shifters and warriors. Weighty Matters is a snippet from a novella that I am very slowly developing. They are on a quest which included them needing to free Viya. This part of the story is taking place in Scandinavia ad 550

  17. Dale

    Something is definitely building up. What, I’ve no clue but this can definitely be developed into something much larger!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale, even this author is unsure how this tale will pan out.

  18. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    I wish I understood this.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Dawn, There is a group of determined travellers [ masquerading as entertainers] trying to catch up with her and help her to escape. As yet I have not decided whether they will be successful in their aim. In my planned longer version the fate of a nation hangs on their succeeding. The story is set around ad 550.

      1. lingeringvisions by Dawn

        Wow, I did not get any of that from reading your story! lol

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