New flash fiction over at http://phlambler.blogspot.com/2012/05/prediction-ready-steady-flash.html
Phil Ambler has taken over the Friday Prediction from Lily Childs and I am thrilled to have my little slice chosen as the winning entry for the inaugural ‘issue’ in the Prediction’s new home.
Rules – 100 words max flash fiction or poetry using the following words – cockle, shake, Lily. Deadline is 9pm UK time on Thursday 24th May 2012.
TO DIE FOR
By Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Finely-crafted links of spun gold comprised the chain… blood onyx nestled in the hollow of her throat. As I watched, the glittering links began to shrink, drawing the chain tight around slender neck. Elizabeth began to shake, collapsing back onto her bed.
Smiling, though there was no warmth or humour present… I loosened my fist.
The chain slackened…
“‘Twas that shaman, Lily… wasn’t it… her bewitchery is behind this? Daughter, your treachery will not pass unpunished!”
Picking a cockle from the dish, I turned to her…
“The sweet is most welcome, your Majesty.”
Tightening my fist once more…
© 2012 – Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw. All Rights Reserved.