Flash Fiction – Teddy

Still a few stories to revise, but I think they’re getting shorter…

Teddy

“Don’t worry, Maya, there are no monsters under your bed,” her mother said as she tucked Maya into bed. “Even if there were, Teddy will keep you safe,” she handed Maya her Teddy bear.

“Thank you, mommy,” Maya smiled up at her as she hugged him.

“Goodnight, honey,” her mom kissed her on the forehead. She turned off the lights and closed the door, dropping Maya into darkness.

Soon after she fell asleep, a gurgling sound came from under her bed. “You again!” Teddy slipped out of Maya’s grasp, careful not to wake her. “I won’t let you hurt her,” he jumped onto the side table to grab his wooden sword before hopping to the ground and dashing under the bed.

Glowing red eyes peered at Teddy before creeping forward on all fours, fangs bared. “You!” it hissed and lunged at Teddy, swinging its claws at him. Teddy sidestepped, but one of its claws cut his side.

“Go back to where you came from!” Ignoring the pain, Teddy thrust his sword into the creature and forced the sword out the side, slicing through it. The creature gurgled, black gunk coming out of its mouth as it dropped to the ground. It faded away, leaving only a dark stain.

Noticing the cold from Teddy’s absence, Maya woke up and panicked, as he wasn’t on the bed. Teddy threw his sword off to the side and slid out from under the bed. “Teddy?” Maya sat up and searched the floor. “How did you get over there?” Maya reached down and picked him up. “Teddy, you’re injured!” Maya carefully pushed the stuffing back into him and hugged him, “I’ll fix you up in the morning.” She pulled the covers back up, over her and Teddy, and quickly drifted back to sleep.

 

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Flash Fiction – Halloween

Updated another flash fiction story a bit.

Halloween

“Brian, do we have to go in?” Karen looked at the old, abandoned house completely devoid of life with broken shutters and cobwebs covered entrance. She pouted as she gazed up at him in his suit of armour.

“Well, Miss Vampire, it’s Halloween and you all promised to go in there,” Brian replied. He crossed his arms as he stood in front of the house.

“How bad can it be?” Lucy asked as she pushed up her glasses; the hood on her chipmunk costume kept pushing them down.

“Let’s go,” Drake, dressed as a wrinkly grey zombie, grabbed Lucy’s hand and went in.

“Fine,” Karen hooked her arm around Brian’s as they followed.

The door creaked as they opened it. Once they were all in, the door slammed shut on its own. Karen grabbed the handle, jiggling them as she tried to pull it open.

“The rumours are true then? It’s most definitely haunted by Joey Menroe, the butcher who killed his three daughters,” Lucy stated, “It won’t open back up till midnight.”

“We have to stay here for fifteen minutes?” Karen screeched.

“Either that or use a window,” Brian laughed and they heard the shutters close, one after another throughout the house. Slam, slam, slam. “Or not.”

“Let me out,” Karen kicked the door.

Drake glanced around, aside from dust and cobwebs, everything looked normal. “How about we check upstairs?” Drake kept hold of Lucy’s hand as they went. Each step creaked and when they reached the top, Lucy’s foot broke the board, leaving her foot stuck.

“Help,” Lucy pulled at Derek. He wrapped his arm around her and tried to pull her out. The costume tore as she wiggled her foot out.

“Are you okay,” Karen called out.

“Yeah, my costume isn’t though,” Lucy replied. They continued into the hallway, but it was too dark to see where they were going. They put their hand on the wall and walked along.

Thud.

Lucy tripped over something on the ground. She screeched when her hand touched something wet and sticky. “Drake?” he had let go of her hand and didn’t say anything. She reached around the ground more and felt something large and warm.

A light came from the stairs; her friends had rushed upstairs when she screamed. “Need a flashlight?” Brian asked. He flashed the light her way to see her on the ground beside Drake, who had a cleaver sticking out of his chest.

“Ah!” Karen screamed and started down the stairs. She tripped and ran into a tall, bleeding man in an apron. He laughed and ripped into Karen’s neck with a meat hook.

“Holy crap,” Brian stared down at him wide-eyed.

“Karen!” Lucy cried out, “They’re both dead!”

The butcher turned his attention to them and started upstairs. Lucy pulled out her cell phone for the time. It hit midnight and the man on the stairs vanished. “We never should have come here,” she stormed out, leaving Brian to deal with their dead friends.

“I’m sorry,” Brian dropped to his knees.

Flash Fiction – Only Takes One

I had actually forgotten about these flash fiction stories I had put up on Goodreads from prompts. Figured I’d fix’em up a bit and post them here.

Only Takes One

Jodie sighed at her reflection in the mirror of her school locker; acne-ridden face, big glasses and an uneven haircut she messed up herself. Shaking her head, she turned away from her reflection and proceeded to take her books out of her locker. She closed the door and turned to head to her next class.

Wham. Someone rammed their shoulder into her as they ran by and knocked her to the ground, scattering her belongings. She rubbed her elbow and winced before randomly feeling the ground for her belongings, unable to see without her glasses. The other students walked around her, ignoring her distress, and tears pricked the corners of her eyes.

A blur appeared before her. “Here,” he said as he placed her glasses in her hands.

She hurriedly shoved them on her face, leaving them crooked. “Thanks,” she stuttered and her face flushed as her eyes connected with the stranger.

“You’re welcome,” he picked up her belongings alongside her.

“Isn’t that the new guy?” the girls standing by the lockers on the other side of the hallway whispered.

“You mean the hot millionaire,” one of the other girls corrected her.

“What’s he doing talking to her?”

Jodie cringed at one girl’s crude comment, knowing they wanted her to hear it.

When she picked up the last paper, a hand appeared in front of her. She glanced up at him and he just smiled down at her, waiting. He helped her to her feet and handed off her belongings, “I’m Tom.”

“Jodie,” she replied. “And thank you for helping me.”

“Anything for a beautiful girl,” he said with that same smile as he reached out and straightened her glasses. “I’m new here and could really use a tour. If you’re not busy after school, would you mind showing me around?”

“You want me to?” she pointed at herself, baffled. “Why would you want me to?” She glanced at the girls across the hall still staring.

“Why wouldn’t I want to be shown around town by a beautiful girl? As long as it’s not an inconvenience to you, that is.”

“Sure,” she nodded.

Bring. The bell for class rang.

“Great, it’s a date,” he winked at her. “Meet me at the school entrance a few minutes after school,” he smiled widely before rushing off to find his next class.

“Did you see that?” the girls continued to whisper despite the bell.

The girls huddled around her before she could move, “Did you know him before?” They all questioned her until a teacher walked into the hallway.

“You guys are late, get to class,” he commanded, frowning at them.

“Tell us all about him tomorrow and make sure to introduce use,” they squealed as they disbursed.

Jodie didn’t pay much attention to the girls and their questions; she just smiled and bit her lip as she thought about Tom.

Rerelease: The Tarot Cards: Major Arcana

After my third revision of book three in the series, I decided to go back to the first two books and update the images and rewrite/reedit the books since I’m a better writer now than I was back then. I’m not sure about doing an actual relaunch on the books, despite the potential fresh start, but I have updated the current book.

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The Tarot Cards: Major Arcana

The cards have been released.
They’re draining the world of its magic.
A new master has been chosen.
Only she can capture the cards.

High schooler Clara Marsters was on summer break when she found a magical tarot card that would change her destiny. The card teleported her onto the dying world, Gaia, as its new master. There she met Alex, the mysterious yet familiar talking tiger, who came to assist her on her quest to collect the remaining cards.

In order to save the world and get back home, they must travel through the kingdom of Burkhart, solving puzzles and braving the trials of the cards. Unfortunately, there’s more than trials she has to worry about; others want the magical power of the cards, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it.

How far would you go to save a world that isn’t your own?

 

 

Tarot Cards: Death

Above all else, I see the Death card as being about change and transformation. In my novel, my main character, Clara, had to transform to obtain this card.

Death

General Meaning
– Change.
– Something needs to end for a new beginning.
– Transformation.
– New cycle.
– Transition.
– Rebirth.
– Something meant to happen.

 

As a Person
– Someone with many different levels.
– Different.
– Loner.
– Intense.
– Secretive.

Love & Relationships
– Relationship is changing.
– Relationship won’t work out.
– Obsessive.
– Excessive.

As Feelings
– Feelings are changing.
– Feeling a need for change.

Past
– Hardest part of a change is behind you.

Present
– Things are about to change/currently changing.
– Something needs to end.

Future
– End of relationship or major change in life.

Career & Money
– Change in employment.
– Be careful with your spending.

Outcome
– End of a cycle or relationship.
– Moving forward.

Reversed
– Resisting change.
– Delays.
– Clinging onto things that are no longer needed.
– Depression.
– Death.

 

Tarot Cards: The Hanged Man

In my novel, the Hanged Man trail leaves Clara in a precarious position as self-sacrifice comes into play.

The Hanged Man

General Meaning
– Martyr.
– Time of reflection.
– Sacrifice.
– New perspective.
– Patience.
– Yield.
– Isolation.
– Life on hold.

As a Person
– Martyr.
– Passive.
– Patient.
– Introspective.
– Dislikes conflict.
– Unconventional.

Love & Relationships
– Wait before getting into a relationship.
– Take a good look at your relationship.
– Appreciate what you have.

As Feelings
– Waiting for things to pan out.
– Feeling a need to sacrifice time.
– Distant.

Past
– Growing from sacrifices made.

Present
– The heed to let go of a situation or person.

Future
– Don’t fight the changes coming.

Career & Money
– Wait before acting or making decisions.
– Negotiations.
– Consider options carefully.

Outcome
– Sacrifices need to be made.
– Let go of what’s no longer needed.
– Wait.
– Surrender.
– Try to see things in a different light.

Reversed
– Bad choices made.
– Giving up.
– Missing your chance.
– Unwilling to suffer for the better good.

 

Tarot Cards: Justice

In my novel, Clara had her conscience judged by Justice and could only pass if it was clear.

Justice

General Meaning
– Fairness.
– Truth.
– Karma.
– Duality.
– Harmony.
– Honesty.
– Cause and effect.
– Trials.
– Equality.

As a Person
– Harmonious.
– Dislikes conflict.
– Unbiased.
– Forgiving.
– Methodical.
– Educated.
– Inquisitive.

Love & Relationships
– Things need to be balanced.
– Equal union.
– A growing love; friends to lovers.
– Potential wedding.

As Feelings
– Feels a need to be fair.
– Feeling the relationship is right.
– Weighing feelings.

Past
– Past decisions influencing you now.

Present
– A big decision to be made.
– Weighing options.

Future
– A big change ahead depending on your decision.

Career & Money
– Look for a job in legal matters.
– Accounts being settled.
– New opportunities for money.

Outcome
– Fair decisions.
– Taking responsibility.
– A need to be honest.
– Think carefully.

Reversed
– A legal situation.
– Imbalance.
– Conflict.
– Dishonesty.
– Immoral decisions.

 

Tarot Cards: Wheel of Fortune

In my novel, Clara finds herself delving into different cycles of the Wheel of Fortune and often uses the card as a lock pick!

Wheel of Fortune

General Meaning
– Change in luck.
– Cycles.
– A turning point.
– What goes around comes around; karma.
– External factors influencing you.
– Fate.
– Fortune.

 

As a Person
– Someone who’s been through a lot of ups and downs.
– Dualistic personality.
– Runs hot and cold.
– Always changing.
– Opportunistic.

Love & Relationships
– Good things are coming.
– A chance meeting.
– If single, that will change soon.
– Changes in the relationship for the better.

As Feelings
– Feelings are changing.
– Uncertainty.
– Moving between polar feelings.
– Up in the air.

Past
– Actions of the past controlling the present.

Present
– Changes are afoot.

Future
– You will have a chance to change things.

Career & Money
– New opportunities.
– Change in fortune.

Outcome
– Don’t resist change.
– Keep an open mind.
– Things are out of your control.
– Changes are coming.

Reversed
– Bad luck.
– Resisting change.
– Breaking out of a cycle.
– Trying to control everything.
– Repeating negative cycles.

 

Tarot Cards: The Hermit

The trial of the hermit in my novel forces Clara to follow the light in the darkness and search herself for the answer.

The Hermit

General Meaning
– Wisdom.
– Retreat.
– Alone time/isolation.
– Time to meditate.
– Inner journey.
– Insight.
– Self-awareness.
– Peace and quiet.

As a Person
– Loner.
– Wise.
– A guide.
– Reflective.
– Seeker of knowledge.
– Analytical.
– Insightful.

Love & Relationships
– Someone is currently unavailable and focusing on other things.
– Your partner wants alone time.
– Love interest is extremely selective when it comes to a partner.

As Feelings
– Needing alone time.
– Need to reflect on the relationship or themselves.
– Might want to separate from you.

Past
– Completed education.
– Life lesson learned.

Present
– Time to reflect.
– What you need, is inside you.

Future
– Reflection completed.
– Loneliness.

Career & Money
– Think about your true calling.
– Does your current job fulfill you?

Outcome
– Alone time needed to reflect.
– Someone in your life will help shine a line on your situation.
– Discovering your inner self.
– Loneliness.

Reversed
– Ignoring inner voice.
– Overthinking.
– Cutting out the while world.
– Loneliness.
– Doubting yourself.

 

Tarot Cards: Strength

Throughout my books, I’ve used this card multiple times to help Clara with both physical and mental strength.

Strength

General Meaning
– Control of inner self.
– Patience.
– Compassion.
– Strength.
– Courage.
– Self-discipline.
– Using love instead of force.
– Passion and love.
– Pride and determination.

As a Person
– Exudes confidence.
– Great inner strength.
– A leader.
– Passionate.
– Balanced.
– Artistic.
– Has a lot of hobbies.

Love & Relationships
– Respectful relationship.
– Sparks.
– Physical and sexual attraction.
– Patience required.
– Courtship stage.
– Unconditional love.

As Feelings
– Passionate feelings.
– In control of your feelings.
– Strong romantic feelings.

Past
– Previous composure allowed for the current situation.

Present
– Be in control of yourself and be a leader to others.

Future
– Things will come under your control soon.

Career & Money
– You’re in the right job.
– What you want to do, is right in this situation.
– Do what you’re passionate about.

Outcome
– Patience required.
– Be tolerant.
– Using self-control.

Reversed
– Brute force.
– Acting irrationally.
– Cowardice.
– Jealousy.
– Fear.
– Impatience.