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#MondayMixer is a flash-fiction event hosted by Jeffrey Hollar (@Klingorengi) .  Jeffrey provides three groups of three prompts (three locations, three things and three adjectives)  and participants post 150-word stories – using at least one word from each group – on their blogs.  This week’s prompts are:

Locations:  1) moraine         2) tumulus            3) bazaar
Things:         1) canard            2) settee                3) stiletto
Adjectives: 1) obsequious   2) audacious       3) penetrating

Here is my story:

Her penetrating, stiletto gaze laid open his heart the instant he met her in the bazaar.  She seemed to show interest, as well, so he moved along, a little bit, and glanced back.  She was still watching.

Encouraged, he began to approach her – indirectly, at first, so as not to appear threatening.  Her eyes definitely stayed with him.

She took a few steps toward him then nodded away from the bazaar to the alleyway that led to private residences.

Seeing the signal from her eyes, he continued toward her as she turned and slowly walked in the indicated direction.

He followed and she made sure that he didn’t lose sight of her through the maze of intricate turns.  Finally, they met.

It was then that she drew out her real stiletto and plunged it deep into his chest.  Thus, she stole his heart, his life, and finally, his wallet.

 

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#MondayMixer is a flash-fiction event hosted by Jeffrey Hollar (@Klingorengi) .  Jeffrey provides three groups of three prompts (three locations, three things and three adjectives)  and participants post 150-word stories – using at least one word from each group – on their blogs.  This week’s prompts are:

Locations:  1) brasserie        2) caldera                 3) hummock
Things:         1) keloid              2) demesne              3) capsule
Adjectives: 1) esoteric          2) disingenuous     3) truculent

Here is my story:

It would be disingenuous of me to say I had planned what happened, but his mistake – not my planning – saved us.  Of course, timing also played an important role.

He was carrying enough of the virus to wipe out the entire colony – a disaster that would have brought an end to any further exploration of this planet.  By then, my only hope was to vaporise his ship in a way that would burn up not only its pilot, but also its deadly cargo

Up to that point, he had evaded every move and weapon I had tried and it looked like he would make it safely to the ground.

The volcano had been dormant for centuries and he probably figured it would be a good hiding place after he touched down.  Who could have known that landing his capsule in the caldera would actually trigger the eruption?

 

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