Tuesday, 9 February 2016

FB3X Drabble Cascade #151 - word of the week is 'steam' (Just 100 words: can you do it?)

Welcome to FB3X Drabble Cascade #151 - This week's word of the week is 'steam'.

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 59) (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 week I used the word of the week, steam, as inspiration for a simile to open the piece.

He was lifted as gently as steam rising from hot liquid, but Benedict woke a little as his mother’s touch slipped out of his reach. The loss of her calming influence gave his own magic free rein, bringing with it a dance of fire and ice.

Those who took him were gentle, washing his battered body with ungent herbs, but they could not reach inside his magic. Lost to its maelstrom, too tired to fight anymore, Benedict surrendered to dying. 

Yet, then came a presence, larger, wilder than his own power, sweeping him up. Terrifying. But Benedict was not afraid. 


Contains adult themes,
or language
Nerves (m/m, Fantasy, PG13)
by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Author's Note
Welcome to another week, I hope you enjoy today's offering.


Nal regretted coming even as he slid from the cold air into the hot pool. This was where humans came to pick up Fae and he didn't do things like that. He was going to kill his cousin for talking him into it.

Almost before he settled he felt the water move and someone touched his leg.

"You look nervous."

The face that appeared through the steam was at least handsome.

"Why would you say that?" he asked, voice cracking.

The human smiled and Nal knew he was never living this down, Fae were supposed to be the suave ones.

Welcome to the FB3X Drabble Cascade, a weekly blog hop where we want you to share you drabbles, or flash fiction inspired by our word of the week. To join in, just post your piece to your blog/social media/website and add your link to the list with Title (Rating, Genre), e.g. A Little Bit of Fun (PG, Science Fiction) and then to perpetuate the cascade, add the list code to the bottom of your post :)

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  1. Flying -- oh oh, first meeting with his dragon. *happy dance* Mother provides.

    Nerves - What a unique place for humans to pick up Fae, not a bar but a spa. *grins* He's not living up to his Fae cred but I can't see it hurting him. He's real.