April 21st, 2011

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Flash Fiction: Summoning Demons

The chants rose slowly, shaping sounds not part of any human language. The acrid smoke of incense swirled as the air in the closed chamber started to move. Only when the candle flames changed from their natural colour to a dim midnight blue the glow of the diagram drawn on the floor with unsavoury substances became apparent. It brightened, spitting sparks as the chants crescendoed. A flash of light and a thunder strike, then silence, broken by genteel coughing.

A strange figure stood in the summoning circle, short, and with a fringe of hair framing its properly bald head.

“William Aloysius Coltrane.”

“Yes?”

“You have been summoned and bound to our service.”

“What?” The man in the circle straightened his glasses and peered up at the speaker. His opposite was about nine foot tall. The horns and goat’s legs and all seemed to be way too realistic for a mask used in a prank.

“You will serve as our accountant for a year and a day.”

A glance at the even more disturbing other figures around the cavernous room decided William against protesting.

“What does the job entail?”

It had to be a dream. He blamed the cheese sandwich.

Originally posted at  ankewehner.de. You can comment here or there.

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Thursday, wondering where the time went

Well, at least the morning was productive. I scraped some weeds from between the paving in the yard, mowed the grass and weeds, and cleaned out the corner in front of the rain barrels. There were some impressive specimens of tetterwort growing there, and about an inch of soil on top of the flagstones, the corner being a bit awkward.

Productivity flagged in a bad way after lunch, but at least later I got an early Friday Flash done... which got 3 comments in 20 minutes, which made me wonder if the one last week was too long, or too clichéd a theme, or what. (Yes, I'm fishing for feedback here.)

In other news, I had asked Smashwords abut their category weridness, and received a reply that, yes, they consider it broken, particularly where Fantasy and SciFi are concerned, and are planning to fix it in May. Yay!

Entirely unrelated... I think everyone probably has seen this video already, but in case somebody has missed it, here's peacock spider mating habits

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