Dottie over at Tink's Place have come up with the idea for a Monday Morning Flash Fiction challenge. Each Monday a new picture prompt will be posted and if you choose to participate you post your story on Friday - 350 words, give or take.
I have to thank Blodeuedd at Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell for introducing me to this fun meme. I don't know if I'll be able to keep up with every week, but I'll give it a try from time to time.
The Image This Week:
(Image by IruLana from DeviantArt.com)
Story By: Melissa
Okay, this is Part 7. Sorry to keep it going, so I finished it, mostly. ;)
Phoenix narrowed his eyes on Cerine, "Times up. What have you told them, Cerine?"
Liam piped up in a relaxed tone, "I was just about to ask Cheyenne to marry me."
Phoenix spun to face Liam, eyes glowing, "What! I will not hear of it. Not with the likes of you!"
Cheyenne's jaw fell open, and she gawked at Liam for a moment, letting his comment sink in. He had been talking about being a team. Was he really going to ask or just trying to get to Phoenix. Cheyenne jumped to her feet, "I'll marry who I damn well wish! You have no say in my life!"
"You are here, in my home, my world, one of my creatures. You will do as I say." The tone was cold as ice and a growl of stones falling rumbling down a mountain side.
Cheyenne had enough, "No!" was all she got out before feeling the slam of power to her chest, throwing her chair backward, flipping it and sending her sliding across the marble floor.
Liam jumped and ran to her still form, picked up her head holding it to his chest and whispered to her, "We will get out of here. I can help you, but they will all rot here. I won't help them. They have become bitter crazy trapped here. Listen. Listen and stay with me. I want to take you home, my home, in the woods. Lush greens hide the city in the mountain side. The crystal lake reflects the blue sky and spacious homes. There is a lovely little stream I use to sit by. I want to take you there, to have your hand after these years."
Cheyenne looked into Liam's bright blue eyes, "You mean it, really? Marriage?"
Liam smiled, "Yes, I want to share my favorite spot with you. Feel those pouty lips on mine, forever."
Phoenix grabbed Liam's shoulder, picking him up and pitching him across the floor. Liam landed hard in the corner.
Cheyenne felt the fury burn in her, the fury that would fuel her sun magic since there's no sun present. Phoenix reached for her, pulling her to her feet. "We.."
Cheyenne hit him with a flame ball, one with as much of her sun and human magic in it as she could muster, in this dark city hidden below the pond. Phoenix stumbled back a few steps releasing her from his grasp.
He smiled to her, "You are one of my descendants. Long lines have passed, but still one of mine. You can't hurt me with my own powers."
Cheyenne jumped back a step. The sword jabbed through Phoenix's chest. He had taken Liam for granted, to be a weak human. But there was something more there. Cheyenne didn't care what it was; she loved him, and would marry him in his home. Phoenix slid to his knees showing Liam in his glory. "A team. A couple."
"There was more than your powers in there." Cheyenne growled through gritted teeth to Phoenix.
Cheyenne beamed a smile to Liam then turned evil eyes to her mother. "Thanks for all the help." She said, full of sarcasm.
Cerine was standing looking stunned, at the lifeless form of Phoenix. "I... I... I couldn't fight him. I tried years ago, and was punished. I couldn't match him."
"Well, we did." Cheyenne turned to Liam. "Now, how do we get out? What do you have up your sleeve?"
Liam smiled his all-knowing smile, "Love, you know me all to well."
Cheyenne huffed, "Maybe not well enough?" and cocked and eyebrow.
"Alright. Elf. Earth elf. Happy?"
Cheyenne nodded. "We'll get through the rest as we go. I know enough. Now, getting out."
Liam walked up to Cheyenne slipping his arms around her waist, "Sun fuels Earth, to live. And you do that to me. We feed each other. You need to shine, and I love basking in the rays. Together we'll swim through the water and through the barrier above. I can take care of the stones holding the barrier." Then winked.
Cheyenne slipped her hands up Liams muscled chest, over his shoulders and around his neck, taking in the feel of him, with her, "And what about this place you are taking me. Out in the middle of the woods? Hidden by the mountains and lush vegetation. Can I be...me?"
"Yes, I'm hiding you away in the woods." his teeth gleamed as his thin lips spread into a wide smile, "And you can be you, through and through. No hiding what's inside, what or who you are."
Cheyenne's eyes flicked to the side dropping her head, "Maybe one dragon flying over head?"
Liam raised her chin to have her eyes locked on his again, "Yes, one dragon flying overhead. A beautiful warrior to have on our side. If she wants to come with us."
Both turned to look at Cerine. "Yes. Yes! To walk through grass again!"
825 words, and finished. Not the best, but had to close it out. I felt it was going to long and getting to difficult to keep up with changing pictures. :)
Hope you enjoy! Thank you.