A pseudo-scientific-study about the evolution of tongue rolling in Homo sapiens populations. It sprang from a homework assignment about useless traits. It's a bit sci-fi in it's subject and mention of genetics, but I consider it mostly humor. Well, humor for a poor lil' bio major, at least...
Ahh, I love this story. I'd had that prelude of mine lying around for a while before I felt like adding to it, since I didn't really want to deal with character development - I thought the hook was the exciting part. But oh! This came out so nicely! This is when 'Red Sky In Morning' became something I really enjoyed working on. Here we meet our intrepid adventurers, lost deep in unfamiliar woods. Just trust me on this one and try it out.
It's a bit narration, and a bit poetry. Inspired by two things: a picture of a king's court out hunting with falcons by a castle, and rescuing a little nuthatch which had been stunned by a stray paintball and was in the middle of the field. It had been too out of it to resist being picked up, but as it came-to it started flipping it's wings around and trying to escape before we'd reached safety.
This is the opening to my story-in-progress. I've got more written, but I figure I might as well post it a bit at a time to give me leeway to write more. 'Red Sky' is my personal version of the never-ending adventure that every fantasy writer seems to carry around in their back pocket, and rarely finishes. It's loosely based on ancient history, daydreams, and my own desire to see more camraderie in fiction.
If you've ever looked at my art gallery, there's a picture of a girl resembling a palm tree, and a blue-ish dragon. (yes, it's colored now!). Anyways, that picture was rather mediocre as things went, so to make up for it, I wrote this. The poetry itself isn't that exciting, but I still felt rather clever about the idea. I'll just hope two so-so's make a 'good'! =) I haven't gotten the illustration html to work yet, so just visit my gallery for the accompanying picture!