Archive | March 9, 2012

Unicorn-Chaste, a story of the Unicorn/Factory for the February Giraffe Call

For flofx‘s commissioned prompt, a continuation of
Unicorn Chase (LJ) and Unicorn Chased (LJ).

Unicorn Factory has a landing page here on DW and here on LJ

I have a feeling this one needs a content warning.

Infe noticed the changes in her daughter, as the unicorns filled the village.

At first, Felfen lit up, becoming happy in a way she hadn’t since Infe and Fennix had taken jobs at the Factory. She began making more friends, her skin turned brown with the sun and her hair bleached fairer, and she smiled, all the time, she smiled.

Infe smiled more, too, and Fennix did, proud that their daughter was helping the Town and the Factory, proud that she was becoming a valuable member of the community. More than that pride, though, they were happy that their flower was blooming again, that their lovely daughter was smiling and playing again.

And then something started happening.

Infe wasn’t sure, at first. Felfen was at that age where girls could be smiling one moment, crying the next, and shouting with rage the next. The frowns could have been passing thunderstorms. The worry lines could have been a friend speaking unkindly to her. The smiles were still there, at least. She was still spotting unicorns…

…at first. When Felfen started letting Angwe, a year younger than her, take the credit for the unicorn spottings, Infe knew something was wrong. She took her twenty minutes on lunch one day, and walked out in the Town, to see what was going on.

There. There was Infe’s daughter, the jewel of her life, sneaking across the market square, and there, there was a shadow Infe couldn’t quite see, and Felfen blanching.

“Leave me alone,” the girl muttered, backing towards the fountain. “Leave me alone. I won’t tell them, anymore, but why won’t you just go away? Please?”

Infe didn’t know what the unicorn did, but her daughter backed up until her legs hit the low wall of the fountain’s surround. “Please, please. I don’t know why you’re following me. I don’t know…”

For one moment, one moment of horrible, awful clarity, Infe could see the unicorn. It stood at the shoulder almost as tall as a man, and its horn was long, and pristine white, its hooves golden, its tangled tail and mane streaked with the same gold color.

And its horn was leveled straight at Felfen.

Infe screamed. Across the square, someone else took up the panic, and someone else. They could all, it seemed, see the creature. And they were all terrified for Infe’s daughter.

Only she, Felfen, staring at the creature, seemed calm. Frozen in terror? No. Infe made herself calm down, and walked, as quietly as she could towards her daughter. Not frozen, but ready.

“I understand,” the girl whispered. The look in her eyes… Infe remembered that look on her own face, many many years ago in a wedding bed. “I’m ready.”

“Fel…” but it was too late. The unicorn was piercing her daughter with its horn, the blood dripping into the fountain, staining it red, staining Felfen’s dress red. Her daughter’s eyes rolled back in her head, and she fell into the water.

And the unicorn was gone from Infe’s vision, the water pure and clear, and Felfen, un-wounded, floated like a lily in the fountain pool.

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Weekly Summary!

Feedback Wanted!
Giraffe incentive: Podcast (LJ)
Feedback Roundup (LJ)
VOTE on upcoming THEMES (LJ)

PSA: Open for Business (LJ) Commissioning rates and notes

In the last week, I wrote for the February Giraffe Call:
One Off:
Wine of the Swan Maidens (LJ)
Engineered (LJ)
Pantry (LJ)
Fae Apoc:
Briars & Vinegar: Eating the Roses (LJ)
Early for Roses (LJ)
A New Flower (LJ)
On the Adriatic (LJ)
Family Vintage (LJ)
Addergoole
What They Needed (LJ) Ambrus, 1984
Unicorn/Factory
Making Harvest Wreathes (LJ)
Tír na Cali
Planting Future (LJ)
Success (LJ)
Dragons Next Door
Encyclopedia Draconis (LJ) – A Summary of Sentient Hunters of Other Sentient Species in Dragons Next Door

For the January Giraffe Call:

Unicorn/Factory
Productive (LJ)
The Governors (LJ)
Right and Wrong (LJ)
Fae Apoc:
Making New History (LJ)
Trusting in History (LJ)
Fairy Town:
About the Want (LJ)
What You Need (LJ)
Guarding the Church (LJ)
Addergoole:
Paying the Rent (LJ) (Baram’s Jaelie and her Wish)
Bug Invasion
Poison (LJ)

And for no call at all:
Facets
The Beginning (LJ) [Donor Perk]
Rin/Girey
Under-Handed (LJ) [Beta]
Dragons:
Showing Off (LJ) [Donor Perk: Jin]
Backpack Gremlins (LJ)
Tir Na Cali:
Cali-Novel 17-end (LJ) {Cali-Beta}
Addergoole:
Ciara: Wolf in the Hand ()
One-off:
Still (LJ), a story for my Mother.

I also did a meme:
Ask me about my characters (LJ)

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Giraffe Call Summary – February Giraffe Call

For the February Giraffe Call (LJ):

39 stories written.
18 total prompters, 2 new
7 people donated a total of $80, 1 of which were new.
$5 of donations were left unclaimed.
Link to Call: http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/273042.html

And the Stories!

Linkback story:
(LJ)

One-off
The most Interesting Wine (LJ)
Salvation in a Bottle ()
Bleed it Out (LJ)
Rose Petals (LJ)
Twelve Roses and One ()
Pure Snow White (LJ)
Wine of the Swan Maidens (LJ)
Pantry (LJ)

Science!
Engineered (LJ)
Re-Engineered (LJ)

Fae Apoc
Bitter Vintage (LJ)
Late Planting ()
Early for Roses (LJ)
A New Flower (LJ)
On the Adriatic (LJ)
Family Vintage (LJ)

Briars and Vinegar (LJ)
Briars and Vinegar: Blood on the Snow (LJ)
Briars and Vinegar: For 100 Years (LJ)
Briars and Vinegar: Sharp and Bitter (LJ)
Briars & Vinegar: Eating the Roses (LJ)

Addergoole
Picking Grapes (LJ) (Shiva & Niki)
Love and Hospitality (LJ) (Wren & Nydia)
What They Needed (LJ) Ambrus, 1984
Yr8
Thorny Disposition (LJ)
Planting Seeds (LJ)

The Aunt Family
…and Thou (LJ)

Facets
The Sweet Rose of Morning (Did not Xpost)

Unicorn/Factory
Pure as… (LJ)
Making Harvest Wreathes (LJ)

Stranded
Not That Kind Of Girl (LJ)
Roses (LJ) [Summer]
Admirer (LJ) [Winter]
Vas
Vinting Love (LJ)

Tír na Cali
Second Pressing (LJ)
Planting Future (LJ)
Success (LJ)

Planners
Rose of the City (LJ)

Dragons Next Door
Encyclopedia Draconis (LJ) – A Summary of Sentient Hunters of Other Sentient Species in Dragons Next Door
()

Bug Invasion
Poison (LJ)

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Stranded World Landing Page

“So,” Winter explained to his younger sisters, “the world is like a giant spaghetti squash.” He jammed his fork into their dinner. “Everything looks solid, right? But,” he twisted the fork, “if you grab things just the right way, you can see how it’s all made of long strands. Except in the case of the world, the strands are magic.”

His three younger sisters, used to taking Big Brother as the authority on everything, were still dubious.

The siblings Winter, Autumn, Summer, and Spring each manipulate and read the strands of the world in their own way, while attempting to live within the world as normally as possible. The Stranded World is contemporary fantasy, slice-of-life with a magical overtone, following the threads of their lives.

These stories are primarily one-shot pieces bouncing around the lives of the four siblings.


Good stories to Start With

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