Up towards the vortex

d’Verse prosery

Even as the King’s mages work desperately to repair my charred eyes, I cannot help but clutch my fists apprehensively, for how can I be sure I shall see again?

The world on the first of May was peaceful, no different than the last of April, really, although the skies seemed just a touch darker than the day before. I was out running across the Rocklands after morning melee training when a skeletal, crooked tree with bare branches caught my attention. I’d never seen it there before.

Fool that I am, I approached its broken frame as fel shadows roared up from its misshapen limbs and shot upwards, blanketing the morning sky in heavy, unnatural darkness and hypnotic, madly swirling stars. Squinting, I stared up towards the vortex in curiosity and gasped as I realized my blunder.

T’was then that all went dark.


d’Verse prosery is flash fiction with a beginning, a middle and an end, in any genre of the author’s choice, no longer than 144 words. This very short piece of prose must include an assigned line from a poem, within the 144 word limit. Writers may change the punctuation of the assigned line, but they may not insert words within the quotation.

The assigned quotation was:

For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May

–From ‘May Day’ by Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933)

‘What do you see’ Prompt #133

For Sadje’s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offered the photo below (taken by Tasos Mansour) as inspiration for writers to produce art.

Image: Tasos Mansour
@ Unsplash

60 thoughts on “Up towards the vortex”

  1. I like the combination of both prompts. I think I might be in trouble though. I am an unabashed tree hugger. This one may not want to be hugged,

  2. Absolutely brilliant combination of both Sadje’s and D’verses prompts David! Excellent imagery! Bravo! 👏👏👌👌❤️❤️

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