Tuesday, 17 February 2015

FB3X Drabble Cascade #100 - word of the week is 'ether' (a chance to test and share your writing skills)

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Welcome to FB3X Drabble Cascade #100 - This week's word of the week is 'ether'.

Suitable for all.
The Way A Cascade Works

it's really very simple, be inspired by our word of the week and just write :).

To see this week's entries check out the list at the bottom of this post. We put it behind a cut so it doesn't clog up your scrolling.

A drabble is a work of 100 words exactly. Flash fiction is a work of up to 500 words. Both may be submitted to the cascade. So What Can You Write? The simple answer is - anything! Our work here on FB3X will be erotically themed. but feel free to take the inspiration any way you want to, fiction, fanfiction, non-fiction, meta, since variety is the spice of life!

To those struck by inspiration (and no you don't have to be a professional writer to join in, anyone can embrace their inner author):
  • Below you will find a chance to join in the cascade in the form of a linked list
    • Write a drabble/flash fiction inspired by the word of the week.
    • Post the fiction to your own blog, social media, or website 
    • Then insert a link into the linked list to that drabble/flash fiction for everyone to find (A hint of the genre of your drabble/flash fiction in the title of your post would be appreciated.), e.g. A Little Bit of Fun (PG, Science Fiction)
    • To encourage your friends to join in and hence cascade the fun, you can also add the list into your own post by copying the code.
  • OR you can just write us something in the comments :)
For folks who enjoy reading drabbles/flash fiction: you can then peruse the cascade to your heart's content :).

AND NOW - on to the fiction :)

Contains adult themes,
or language
Flight of Fire (Part 08) (PG, m/m, Fantasy)
by Sophie Duncan

Author's Note
I'm trying to do something a little different this year. For those of you who don't know, unless it's a week inspired by a holiday, or memorable occasion, our word of the week is picked by opening up a dictionary to a random location, waving a finger about without looking at the page and pointing it to a word, i.e. it's chance. So, this year, rather than standalone drabbles, I am going to try writing a coherent story, Flight of Fire, in 100 word episodes, each one inspired by the word of the week. I have a vague outline for characters and direction of Flight of Fire, but specifics will be decided by the word of the week.

This episode follows directly on from the previous one. The idea of ether brought back the idea of Stephan's weakness - he's been through a lot, and he's still recovering.


Stephan tried to focus on his rescuer’s face, but vision blurring, his thoughts felt high. His concentration drifted into the ether as his strength failed him; his eyes blinked shut.

“Rest now,” the soft instruction came.

The gentle hand that then laid on his shoulder felt safe. Yet, Stephan forced his lids open. This was a stranger, safety was an illusion that he, a fugitive, could ill afford. He met that steady gaze, but his anxiety went unspoken.

“I am Benedict.”

Benedict slowly, deliberately unravelled a cloth from one wrist, revealing an old manacle scar.

“I will not betray you.”


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  1. 1) I love the name choice of Benedict 2) Great way to establish empathy and trust. 3) I'm glad you didn't have Stephan giving his trust to a stranger too easily without some reason for that trust.

    1. I've always liked the name Benedict :) Harbouring a magic user is not a safe thing to do, so Benedict had to have his reasons for helping too.