It's that time again! The second challenge for Rach's Third Writer's Campaign. The idea this time was to craft a post (it didn't have to be flash fiction this time, but that's what I did) that's 200 words long. It needed to have "imago" in the title, and contain "miasma," "lacuna," "oscitate," and "synchronicity" in the post. If we wanted an extra challenge (which I always do), we could include mention of a mirror and make it 200 words exactly. I'm proud to say that I did all of it!
Here's my flash piece, entitled "Deadly Imago."
pond was hidden, buried deep within a forest that only the brave or foolish
dared enter. Its surface was eternally undisturbed, shining with an ethereal
silver glow. Jewel-bright flowers dotted the surface, leaves held aloft by
air-filled lacunae. The locals called it the Mirror.
Azalea had been searching
for it for weeks. By the time she finally stumbled upon its location, she was
on the verge of collapse. The sight of the elusive pond rejuvenated her,
pulling her toward its edge with an unexplainable magnetism. Tiny pink flowers,
her namesake, bloomed beneath her feet with each step; she hardly noticed.
At the Mirror’s edge,
Azalea stroked the petals of a sapphire blossom. She was mesmerized by its
beauty, unaware that these particular blooms exuded an imperceptible miasma
with each photosynthetic cycle. She lifted the flower to her face and inhaled
Almost immediately, she
was overcome with the urge to oscitate. Her exhaustion, it seemed, had caught
up to her. She lay down, head pillowed on the grass, and her heart ceased to
beat. The path of pink azaleas she’d left in her wake began to wither. There
was no one, save the Mirror, to witness the perfect synchronicity.
I actually had a lot of fun with this one. It seemed difficult at first, but I found a lot of inspiration while looking up the meanings of the words. If you like it, I hope you'll swing by and "Like" my entry. I'm #51 on the list (which is weird, because this is my 51st post...). :)