Strange dreams make for stranger flash fiction…

I lived out in the country for a time and one of my neighbors had some very clever goats.  These goats escaped weekly to wander about the place, eating, hitchhiking on the highway, causing all sorts of havoc.  They were also quite fond of clotheslines.  Specifically, full clotheslines.  One of my neighbors, we’ll call her Mavis because she looked like a Mavis, always had full clotheslines.  You knew when the goats were chowing on her linens.  The entire county and possibly the next one over, heard her open up a Texas -sized litany of ladylike curses and banshee-like screams.  She would threaten these goats with the wrath of God and his entire fleet of angelic hosts, as she was a decent Christian woman.  All in all, it was rather amusing.  I do have a point.  I dreamed about Mavis and The Cursing of the Goats last night.  I woke with a smile on my face and this little tidbit in my brain:

Caela watched as the disheveled, addled mage shrugged and turned away.  He focused his attentions towards a goat on the green, repeating his ominous portent while it stared at him, chewing.  Same shaking of the staff, same acrid puffs of smoke emitted from the hunch-backed old timer.   The goat reacted much as she did, wandering off to find another mouthful of juicy grass, the bell around its neck gleefully chiming.  She cocked an eyebrow at her snickering companion. 

“Well, grab the goat.” Tixx laughed. “Let’s go save the world from impending doom.  I’m bored anyway.”

Caela shook her head, rolling her eyes to the heavens. “After breakfast, if you don’t mind.” 

I know I’m not supposed to start actually writing until November 1st, but a little flash fiction here and there won’t hurt anyone, will it?


~ by caelascreator on October 13, 2011.

5 Responses to “Strange dreams make for stranger flash fiction…”

  1. Think of it as stretching before a run. I try writing short stories and essays to sketch out the background for characters and locations.

  2. By the way, I enjoyed the flash fic. Just realized as I was re-reading it that I forgot to mention that. 🙂

  3. A little wind sprint to get into shape for the marathon! I enjoyed your flash fiction piece, and it was made all the better knowing it had a bit of a real-life etiology!

  4. That was funny Caela. Mavis made me smile. Best of luck on NaNoWriMo! 🙂

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