This is another flash fiction that I wrote for my group. It's a pretty weird one, admittedly...before you ask, Atropos was the Greek Fate responsible for cutting the threads of people's lives when they died, and Yanni is a Sphinx. It was meant more to create a mood than to tell an actual story.
My writer's group does a challenge each month where one of us provides a topic and we can choose to write a flash fiction about that topic. This month, naturally, it was 'Christmas.' Some people might go for heartwarming renditions of family and affection, but not me. Enjoy!
This is the first chapter of my novel, Lady of the Veils. It is coming out this month in ebook format through Gypsy Shadow Publishing. I am so excited about the whole thing; this is a dream come true for me. Here is the blurb, if anyone is interested. In a suburban town twenty minutes from the border of Faerie lives a young woman named Karen MacGregor. Though she is the daughter of an exiled Faerie princess, Karen leads an unremarkable life full of homework, punk rock and old science fiction movies. When bloody civil war breaks out in her mother’s homeland her life begins to change rapidly. Her brother is presumed dead after his fighter jet is shot down over the Enchanted Forest, and Faerie’s royal family, including her beloved godfather, has been executed. Accompanied by a Fey Prince with whom she shares a forbidden love and armed with magic she never knew existed, Karen must lead a rebel force against an ancient and powerful enemy.
I wrote the first draft if this story in college, but I cleaned it up earlier this year. This one is a little more horror-oriented. It is my attempt at a ghost story.
I wrote this during a month when one friend of mine lost her little niece to a horrible disease called Epidermis Bulosa and another friend lost her son-in-law to suicide. This was my homage to both of them. I never showed this story to either of my friends to protect their feelings but I am posting it here. Steph and Barb, if you see this...I love you both.