Teacup Story – Mistakes of Hindsight

There are times when mistakes look like mistakes, but that is only with the benefit of hindsight. (Genre – general, Rating – PG)

It feels like you’ve done something wrong. It’s never clear cut, life never is, but there is a feeling, a suggestion that if you were to go back in time you would do things differently.

That’s not a bad thing, a mistake. It’s a thing you learn from, if you can recognise why you made the mistake. Perhaps it was the age you were at – you were young, brash, selfish. Maybe you were to wrapped up in a problem that took al of your time. Maybe you had other struggles that meant you lost touch with people.

Maybe, even, the past was not as rosy as your mind likes to think it was. People were not as good as you like to think they are. Situations weren’t as black and white as they are with the power of hindsight. They are normally good reasons why you do what you do, even if you know you’d never do it again. In that moment, it might have been the right thing.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t regret it. Or learn from it.

And vow never to do it again.

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100 Words – Solitary

[100 Words is a story in 100 words or less, based off the word in the title.]

“I hate being alone,” Krissie said to the empty room.

The room was silent in it’s response. The wooden walls did not reply to her, even the guards who stood outside didn’t reply.

She looked up, at the tiny window that was in the leaf and wooden ceiling above her.

There was no songbirds, no life, nothing.

Just her, and her cell.

100 Words – Birdsong

[100 Words is a story in 100 words or less, based off the word in the title.]

The sound is gentle, a harmony of nature which thrums around you to remind you of the life that lives in the sky. You can sit, just sit and listen, and not see a single bird flutter across the ocean blue heavens.

But you can hear them singing in the treetops. And that is enough to remind you that there is life in the world around you.

That you are still alive.

100 Words – Relationship

[100 Words is a story in 100 words or less, based off the word in the title.]

A tie between two people, beyond all promises and vows. Beyond all rings and ceremonies.

The foundation that you have to build upon, every day.

Apologies, when warranted. Fighting your corner, when needed.

Loving, always.

100 Words – Warmth

[100 Words is a story in 100 words or less, based off the word in the title.]

Not the warm of a fire on a cold winter’s day, but the hot warmth of a Mediterranean country. It is almost sticky, clammy, constricting, but then a gentle wind blows past and the heat is instead a gentle caress across your skin. It is as if you sit in a spa, totally relaxed, letting the warmth permeate your tight and aching muscles.

The warmth takes away your stress enough to just breathe in and out. Nothing more, nothing less. Just existing.

Teacup Story – The Gardener

Melyy was known as the Gardener, with a reputation for cultivating those plants that could kill others. She was a specialist, and a specialist’s skills were always in demand (Genre – Fantasy, Fiction, Action, Rating – 12)

Melyy hummed to herself as she went through her greenhouse. The plants were flourishing in the heat of the summer, especially the small seeds of Ueeisl which was just starting to poke through the green soil. Hopefully she would get a good crop this year, she needed a good crop to pass onto the Triage so they stayed off her back.

She tugged her gloves up around her elbows, carefully pruning back one of the larger Iopi plants which was starting to get to the grow wildly and in every direction stage of growth. What had been a mere seed back in Inner’s month in the winter was now a young sapling of a tree, complete with purple and yellow leaves. In a year or so it would start producing the namesake red-berries that when distilled properly, could kill a horse.

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100 Words – Forgiveness

[100 Words is a story in 100 words or less, based off the word in the title.]

“Forgiveness is not about what has been done wrong, but about an act of seeking peace,” General Belov bellowed across the awaiting soldiers below. Her eagle, Hkari, stamped her huge claws into the ground, waiting impatiently for them to take off and lead the charge into the enemy.

“We are seeking peace for our fathers, for our mothers, for our children,” she roared, raising her sword high into the sky, “let us teach the enemy that they shall always have our forgiveness – with death!”

Hkari launched herself and Belov into the sky, followed by the roar of the soldiers below.

Teacup Story – Setup

Hecura knew how to defend her lands, especially against a poxy youth (Genre – Fiction, Action, General, Rating – 12)

“Get up,” Hecura said, kicking Lord Uldrige with her foot and sending him across the courtier’s debating floor.

Uldrige coughed blood onto the arm of his white jacket as he staggered to his feet.

“I have told you before,” Uldrige growled, “you do not own those lands. They were my family’s heritage, they were stolen from us!”

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