Nov 17, 2011

3 For Thursday Week 8 Prompt 3

3 For Thursday
Week 7 Prompt #3
  • The raised area at the front of an equestrian saddle 
  • The counterweight at the end of the hilt of a European sword 
 This week's phrase prompt was
~~…from the shadows lurked~~
This weeks special prompt was a picture provided by last weeks winner:
Jen DeSantis aka @JenD_Author
Because it is NaNoWriMo I would encourage you to make this part of your NaNoWriMo story if you can.  If it is put NaNo at the top of your post along with the title of your project!  If you wish you can also include a brief synopsis of your story and how this fits in (it won't be used against your word count). 
If it's not for NaNo just include your story title. 

Contest Starts at 1pm (eastern)
Contest Ends at 2:00pm (for the Speed Challenge and for part three of your story for the Blind Challenge)
You have one hour to write 100 words including this word.
THIS IS ALSO THE START OF THE CLASSIC CHALLENGE!  300 words using all three prompts.

-----3 Ways to Play-----
 ═══Speed Challenge
Make this prompt a 100 word stand alone story in this hour
Blind Challenge
Start a 300 word story, writing the first 100 words during this hour using this prompt then adding to it as the rest of the prompts come up (without altering what you have written).
Classic Challenge
Wait for all three prompts then write a 300 word story including each of the provided prompts, for this you have until midnight eastern time!

For Full Rules Check Here

Don't Forget to add your twitter handle and/or email address below your post and give your story a title too (for a 300 word story you can finalize your title on the last entry)

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  1. Speed Challenge – prompt 3


    Leigh al Boros grasped the pommel of her saddle with both hands, straining as the drake raced down the valley, rolling and twisting with joy.

    Leigh laughed out loud, encouraging the dragon.

    “On Tarron, on!”

    He was one of the smaller ones but his speed rivaled even the largest war beast. Leigh’s raven hair whipped across her face, stinging, and in the cool autumn air, her teeth began to chatter.

    Suddenly she was in shadow. Turning to see the cause, her breath caught.

    War dragons, their giant wings blocking the sun as they made their return to the castle.

    99 Words

  2. Blind Challenge – entry 3

    A Woman Full Grown

    As Arthur approached her, she stepped out from the shadows.

    “Halt!” she said in a commanding voice, her hand raised over her right shoulder and grasping the pommel of what appeared to be a sword as tall as she was.

    Arthur froze in his tracks, raising his hands in a surrendering fashion. And then his heart skipped.

    In the late afternoon sun he could see that he had been mistaken. She was no child. She was obviously a woman full grown. And beautiful.

    “Are you the one called Arthur?” she demanded.

    “I am.”

    “Then you must come with me, now.”

    100 Words

  3. Classic Challenge

    Shadows Of The Past.

    Nearly-forgotten battle reflexes guided Daigon now.
    After nearly ten years of anonymity and living in quiet
    obscurity, the Shadow Realm was coming for him.

    He expected as much. He had been a Blademaster. He had
    sworn life service to the Realm. He was Soulbonded to
    one of the powerful and ancient Shadow Dragons. A
    commitment without compromise, he had broken that
    Oath. It was a betrayal that could be neither overlooked
    or forgiven...ever.

    He was not defenseless here. A Blademaster's armor and
    sword were bound to him for life. Two nights before he
    had confirmed he could still bring forth those gifts if

    Concentrating, he felt the overlapping scales of his
    armor form about him. Nearly impenetrable yet so
    weightless as to not hinder, he knew its metallic caress

    The comforting weight of his Blade completed him. Long
    as a tall man, the blade was a full handswidth wide. It
    was feather-light and unbreakable.

    The true beauty of the weapon lay not in its blade but in
    its ornate pommel. A gilded claw held a flawless smoky-
    red gemstone. The stone drew on his Soulbond. It
    empowered him with the speed and strength and even
    the fire of his bondmate. It was an unmatched sword.

    Walking home that next evening, he wondered who they
    might send for him. He considered and discarded dozens
    of names. In the final analysis, it didn't much matter. He
    would NOT return to the Realm without a fight.

    He sensed the threat before it crossed from the Realm.
    He armed and armored himself with a thought. From the
    shadows lurked a massive, scaled form. It was Liasastis,
    his dragoness bondmate!

    She would offer no quarter nor would he expect any. As
    she dove in her attack, he met her...blade held high.

  4. Re: Shadows Of the Past...sorry...formatting problems. It is 300 words from @klingorengi

  5. Penelope's Way
    by Lisa McCourt Hollar

    "Edmund was on his way to see Princess Penelope. From the shadows lurked, Goldwing, the dragon that had killed his father. The beast was watching the knight, waiting for the opportunity to strike when..."

    "The princess leaped out of the shadows and ran him through with her sword!"

    Gaylord sighed. "Penelope, who is telling this story, you or me?"

    "You are."

    "Then let ME tell it."

    "When daddy reads to me, he lets me change the story."

    "I'm not dad."

    "I know. Daddy would never put a dragon in the shadows. How can a dragon lurk? He's huge."

    "It's a small dragon."

    Penelope snorted. "Edmund deserves to be eaten, if he can't see a dragon in the shadows."

    "Maybe Edmund is thinking about Princess Penelope."

    "I told you, I don't want to be a princess. I want to be a knight and carry a sword with a magical, crystal pommel."

    "Well in my story you are the Princess of Unicorns and Rainbows." Gaylord grinned at his sister and attempted his most evil laugh.

    Penelope rolled her eyes. "In that case, I want to change the story."

    "You don't get to change the story."

    But Penelope wasn't listening. She was holding a crystal gem; one of those glass things they sell at novelty stores. Only Gaylord noticed this gem looked different. It glowed when she held it.

    "Where did you get that?"

    "I found it. It grants wishes."

    "How cute," Gaylord smirked.

    Penelope whispered into the crystal, "Dragons are real. They live in the shadow realm."

    On the wall a shadow of a dragon appeared.

    "What the...Penelope, what did you do?"

    Penelope smiled. "I like this story much better." Penelope whispered into the crystal again. She and Gaylord disappeared from the room and two new shadows appeared on the wall.

    Word Count: 300


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