clare_dragonfly: A cartoon eight-year-old boy holds up a book and looks at it with shock and anger. (Calvin & Hobbes: angry book)
Title: Fists and Faces
World: Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 1,166
Rating: PG for mild violence
Prompt: [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, "It is difficult to be the first of your kind."
Notes: This prompt immediately brought to mind the first female knights in Uthyr's court. This story immediately follows Recruitment Day.


The other hirelings edged away when they saw Electra and Brandigen walking into the hall.

Electra had seen those looks before. Half of them were just trying to be polite, because there were ladies entering the room—even if those men were baffled by the militaristic clothing the ladies wore. The other half knew Electra and Brandigen for what they were, women knights, and did not want to touch them for fear their disobedience to the laws of the sexes should rub off and make them weak.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Reading: books and tea)
Title: Lettered
World: The Ursulan Cycle
Word count: 1,262
Rating: G
Prompt: Crowdfunding creative jam: "The community of scholars/physicians, while Morgan is in school."
Notes: This is a rather quiet little story. It surprised me; I thought there was going to be a lot more dialogue. But I guess monks don't talk much.


Morgan did not want to go away to school. He hated the idea of being away from his daughter for that long—bad enough he was going to be away from everything else he’d ever known. But his mother insisted he learn to read and write Latin, and his master insisted, and eventually even Lot insisted, and he gave in.

His mother insisted on bringing him to the monastery in her finest carriage. He would have preferred to go alone, or with a servant or two, on ordinary horses, but she would have none of it. So he wasn’t surprised when the other boys, those few who were also studying at the monastery, gave him nasty or appraising looks.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
Title: Tilted
Word count: 198 (total: 1,003)
Rating: PG, for everything being sad?
Prompt: Crowdfunding Creative Jam: image prompt
Notes: This is a very sad story. But it's useful backstory! Now I know how Tay's mom died!


The world is tilting.

Tay runs out of the house, not listening to her father, not listening to her brother. All she can think is that she has to get out of here.

She finds herself running for the coast. Of course it would be the coast. That’s where her mother is. Was. Should be. Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Witchy: bottles)
Title: A Witch in the Kitchen
Word count: 415 (total: 2,149)
Rating: G
Prompt: Crowdfunding Creative Jam: A woman who gives up witchery to be a chef, but has a hard time not making magic in the kitchen.
Notes: Everything I know about commercial kitchens I learned from TV shows my sister was watching.


“Ms. London.” The restaurant owner, a salt-and-pepper-haired woman with copious laugh lines at the sides of her eyes, reached out and shook Louisa’s hand firmly. “Welcome. I’m so glad we could attract a chef of your caliber, after what happened with the last one.”

Louisa smiled. “Thank you, Ms. Lafayette. I will warn you again, I’m out of practice.”

Ms. Lafayette waved airily as she showed Louisa into the kitchen. “I’m sure you’ll do wonderfully. You had such a successful career before you took that break, and I’m sure you cooked for your family, didn’t you?”Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: happily ever after)
Title: Paradise
Word count: 602
Rating: PG-13 (implied heterosexual sex)
Prompt: Crowdfunding Creative Jam: fallen angels
Notes: Inspired by the Biblical story of The Watchers.


He came in the night. He took me from my parents’ house. I was sixteen years old.

But let no one tell you I did not wish to go.Read more... )

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