Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daily Ten-Minute Writing Prompt

Write every day. Even if it's just a little bit.
The rules are simple. Set your timer for ten minutes. Begin to write and include the prompt somewhere in your mini story. The word he or she can be changed to reflect whatever gender you want to use. Optional: Share your writing prompt in the comment section. 
Today's prompt is:

A Glimmer of Guile 
Mary Patterson Thornburg

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

When Vivia entered womanhood and discovered her guile, she thought it was a curse. True, it means she can do unusual things with her mind – move objects, make water boil, tell what people are feeling, even influence the way they feel. But that makes her different, and not in a good way. In Vivia's world, people like her are feared. Her world calls them witches.

Now, though, she's embraced her special psy powers. She's glad to be who she is… except that it means she has to remain celibate. This never seemed like too great a concern until she fell in love with her second teacher, Taso Raym, and realized he shared her feelings. Then, to make matters worse, he sent her away.

So, reluctantly, she's joined an all-female community, Ladygate, and accepted the fact that love is not for her. She's more or less managed to forgive Raym for dumping her, or at least to forget about him. Well, almost. Anyway, she has bigger problems right now. She's been given the task of investigating the disappearance of a lord's son, kidnapped, it seems, by a very bad, very scary witch – Orath, called The Red Prince's Lady. And her guilish training is not quite complete, so she needs help. From Raym.

But Raym has also disappeared. Vivia is on her own, with a mission to complete – one that now touches her heart, whether she wants to admit it or not. She's almost sure she has the necessary strength and skill… to confront Orath and defeat her, to save young Tedor, and to find and rescue Raym – if he wants to be rescued, that is.

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