Dracula: A Thief’s Tale | Flash Fiction

“We shouldn’t be here,” Callie murmured, her eyes fixed on the window.

sunset2.jpg“The sun isn’t setting yet,” I soothed, but I knew that she could hear the falsity of my tone.

“Calm down, you two,” Bryn snapped from behind us. He was still shovelling treasure into his backpack, his eyes wide. “I don’t know what we’re gonna do with these old coins, but they’ll be worth hell of a lot.”

“He’s going to wake up!” Callie squealed.

I turned to her, but then stopped. From somewhere below us, we could hear the sound of a coffin being pushed open.


Word Count: 99.

As some of you may already be aware, I have been recently been rereading Bram Stoker’s Dracula (check out my review here). So, when I looked at this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt, which could arguably be a sunset, how could I not think of the terrifying Count Dracula? I have absolutely loved reading this book and honestly cannot get it out of my head, so you’ll have to excuse this little bit of vampire fiction!

If you’re interested in the Friday Fictioneers prompt, it is a weekly challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields that asks its participants to tell a story in only 100 words or less. You can read all about it here. Thanks for reading, and remember to click on the blue Inlinkz button below to view more stories based on this prompt.

Picture Credit: Dale Rogerson.

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Three-Day Quote Challenge (Lyric Style) #3

Over the past few days, I have been taking part in this adapted version of the three-day quote challenge! Thank you very much to Tales from the Mind of Kristian for my nomination; it has been a delight.

Lyric Style #3

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one quote (song lyric) each day for three days.
  3. Nominate three people.

My Lyric:

“Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true
Or is it something worse”
– “The River” by Bruce Springsteen.

This is a bit of an ominous lyric to end the challenge with, but I like how thought-provoking it is. Dreams are abstract things like love; enchanting, but difficult to describe, which is perhaps why this lyric is so fascinating. Here’s a link to the song:

My Nominees:

  1. Melody Chen.
  2. Fingers to Sky.
  3. Searching for my Inner Zen.

Thanks for reading!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge – if nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your work!

Three-Day Quote Challenge (Lyric Style) #2

Earlier in the week, I was nominated by the very kind Tales from the Mind of Kristian for this adapted version of the three-day quote challenge. Please do check out Kristian’s blog; he posts some lovely stories!

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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one quote (song lyric) each day for three days.
  3. Nominate three people.

My Lyric:

“Thinking your mind
was my own in a dream
What would you wonder
and how would it seem?”
– “Words (Between the Lines of Age)” by Neil Young.

There’s something really special about these lines as we are made to consider the power, as well as the beauty, of the human mind. There are, of course, pretty thought-provoking lyrics throughout this song, but these few are my favourites. If you’re interested, here’s a link to a full-length version of the song (there’s quite a long intro):

My Nominees:

  1. Life isn’t Hard.
  2. The Sound of One Hand Typing.
  3. Curious Hart.

Thanks for reading!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge – if nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your work!

Three-Day Quote Challenge (Lyric Style) #1

The very kind Tales from the Mind of Kristian has nominated me for this interesting challenge. It is essentially the same as the ordinary three-day quote challenge, where nominees post a quote for three consecutive days, yet it requires song lyrics.

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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one quote (song lyric) each day for three days.
  3. Nominate three people.

My Lyric: 

“And there’s something about the city today
Like all the colours conspire to overwhelm the grey
And this close to the fire I can feel no cold
But a rainbow halo around my soul”
– “The Day I Died” by Just Jack.

Much like poetry, music can be good or bad; equally, it can have a lot of meaning, or not very much. My music taste is pretty varied, and I like a lot of songs for their tunes rather than their lyrics, but for this challenge, I have chosen songs with lyrics that really make me think. “The Day I Died” is a fantastic song; depending on my mood at the time, it can either seem full of melancholy or can be extremely uplifting.

I chose these particular lyrics because I have always loved the idea of the “colours conspir[ing] to overwhelm the grey”. There’s a lot of meaning here, but it can only really be understood by listening to the full song:

My Nominees:

  1. Tokens of Expression.
  2. Ladyleemanila.
  3. Patricia’s Place.

Thanks for reading!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge – if nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your work!

Three-Day Quote Challenge #3

Over the past few days I have been taking part in the three-day quote challenge and am now on my third and final day! Thank you very much to the very kind Tales from the Mind of Kristian for this nomination.

THE THREE DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE – DAY 3

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one quote per day over three days.
  3. Nominate three blogs per day to take part in the challenge.

My Quote:

But little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love  –  Francis Bacon.

The first time that I read these lines, I had to write them down somewhere, so carried them with me on a note on my phone for a number of weeks until I rediscovered them. What Bacon is saying is completely true; this quote all about friendship and the importance of love. It’s also another statement that’s particularly relevant in today’s society. We can have thousands of followers and Facebook friends, but if we don’t really know them, or they don’t really care, we’re still in solitude.

My Nominees:

  1. Nothing to Infinite.
  2. Samantha the Reader.
  3. Cleopatra Loves Books.

Thank you ever so much for reading! My exam period is still ongoing so my posts might be quite irregular for a little while. I’ll be back with you soon enough, though!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge; if nothing else, see it as an appreciation of your wonderful work.

Three-Day Quote Challenge #2

Yesterday I was nominated for the three-day quote challenge by the very kind Tales from the Mind of Kristian; please do check out his blog. He posts some really great stuff!

THE THREE DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE – DAY 2

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post one quote per day over three days.
  3. Nominate three blogs per day to take part in the challenge.

My Quote:

When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them  –  Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a very thought-provoking book. It’s all about selfhood and morality, but there’s something really interesting about this quote. It suggests that a person’s name is not only a part of the person but a part of who they are. This is especially relevant today, as in this information era we’re putting a lot of our ‘self’ online. The Picture of Dorian Gray suggests that we should be doing the complete opposite. Or, at the very least, we shouldn’t reveal others’ selves to the world.

My Nominees:

  1. This is Another Story.
  2. The Past Due Review.
  3. The Undomestic Writer.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed today’s quote. I will be back tomorrow for the third day of the challenge!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge; if nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your wonderful work.

Blank Verse #AtoZChallenge

Blank Verse

What is it?
Blank verse is a name for poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. It is actually pretty common and was used by Shakespeare in most of his plays.

Remember: Iambic pentameter is when there are ten syllables in a line. The first syllable will be unstressed, the second will be stressed, and then the pattern will repeat.

B.pngA Literary Example:
To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
–  Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

My Example:
I am unknown, unloved, unspoken for,
A shadow creeping through shady hollows.
I dance by night and slide through daylight’s calls
Unresting, but content. Unloved, but strong.

Other Poetic Devices for “B”:
Ballad – A ballad is a type of poem that is written in stanzas that consist of four lines. They are generally direct and are often set to music. They are usually written in alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter (this is known as the ballad metre) and their stanzas usually follow the rhyme scheme of ABCB.


square1Thank you so much for reading! I actually struggled a little with this letter, which surprised me, as I thought that there would be a lot of poetic devices beginning with the letter “B”, but perhaps I was wrong. Obviously, I am still catching up with this competition, but should be posting my third entry soon, which will be about consonance.

If you can think of any terms to add to my list, or if you have any other thoughts or questions, please feel free to comment below!

#AtoZChallenge