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With a nod to [livejournal.com profile] readthisandweep, our very own patented mercrone ....


50-Word Vignette #24

Prompt: Defiant

Waves kissed the rocks, ivory lace on death-black glass.

"That went well,' Mercrone said.

Mermaid flicked her tail and laughed. "Did you see what they named her?" she asked.

"She lived up to it for a while too,' Mercrone replied as the bowsprit sank from sight with a furious hiss.



Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.

Date: 2015-02-20 08:27 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-02-20 08:43 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-02-20 09:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
She lands in the birch tree, tightrope balanced, singing her morning song.
Brave little bird to risk the topmost branch.
A slow-flapping shadow approaches. Mistress Crow is here.
The tiny bird flutters away, relinquishing her place. A few branches lower she eyes the sky, singing again, defiant to the last.

Date: 2015-02-20 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Lovely. Very visual.

A robin?

Date: 2015-02-20 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
From here I can never tell. Little black birds chance their wing every day! While the Crow's away, so to speak. ;)

She's here right now, staring across at me as if to say, 'And you've stopped because?'

Date: 2015-02-20 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Lol!

Perhaps she's considering what little gems she might share with you for your afternoon's work.

Date: 2015-02-20 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
Morning's work - I'm a morning writer.
Once I explained, it was just a break, she favoured me with a few small bits of glitter. ;)

This afternoon I'm going to see Yolanda.

Date: 2015-02-20 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Me too. My energies expire in the afternoon, although Mouldy has kept me going through until 3pm on occassion.

Date: 2015-02-20 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seaivy.livejournal.com
go go!! little bird
you have a song to sing
Mistress Crow elegant in black
but without your voice

Date: 2015-02-20 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seaivy.livejournal.com
“the word,” she said, “ is defiant”
i stood there staring at her
“fat cow,” i thought,
“i hate you”
but i like cows
i should call her something else
what ? “big fat blob!”
her voice again “the word is defiant”
i stood mute
NO I won’t!
i hate spelling bees!

Date: 2015-02-20 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Wonderful as always. I love the angles you find for these vignettes.

Date: 2015-02-20 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seaivy.livejournal.com
thank you
the word triggers an image in my mind and i go from there

Date: 2015-02-20 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
That's the joy of prompt words :O)

Date: 2015-02-20 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
I sense a younger Ivy... ;)

Fabulous!

Date: 2015-02-20 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seaivy.livejournal.com
lol yes i hated spelling bees
regrettably i was not defiant
just couldn't spell
so irrelevant - i have an 18th century aesthetic

Date: 2015-02-20 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
I was the same with maths.
Mental arithmetic tests were torture for me.
I have to take my shoes off to count to eleven!

(I'm afraid I was defiant.)

Date: 2015-02-20 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seaivy.livejournal.com
LOL ROTF
i can NOT do those verbal math things
my mind does not work like that!
math belongs in nice neat patterns on a page
i got through algebra that way
equations made pretty patterns

Date: 2015-02-20 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seaivy.livejournal.com
it took me a minute to "get it"
but then i smiled and laughed

what's this comment doing all the way down here?

it's meant for the mermaid & the mercrone
Edited Date: 2015-02-20 02:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-02-20 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
I know, my comments sometimes end up in all sorts of odd places. Never fear, I've spotted it, and I'm glad I raised a smile and a laugh :O)

Date: 2015-02-21 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writerjenn.livejournal.com
In my head, I refuse to answer their questions.
In my head, I am not afraid of the handcuffs.
In my head, I will not bow to injustice.
I wish I were as brave on the outside.

Date: 2015-02-23 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Love this. I'm a big fan of describing something by saying what it isn't. Or, as you have done here, conjuring the actions a character didn't take. It's a nice technique. I'm sure there's probably a proper term for it.

Date: 2015-02-21 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marycatelli.livejournal.com
"Come forth! If you defy us, bring forth your champion! Or -- " The halbard struck the earth. "Acknowledge your new king!"

Silence followed.

A faint breeze blew about the terranced house of the golden city, fluttering curtains.

They couldn't all have left. Even if they had dared defy the challenge. . . .

Date: 2015-02-23 10:18 am (UTC)

Okay, so I'm a fan of the Simpsons...

Date: 2015-02-21 08:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
Defiant to the last I say so in fifty words.
Defiant to the last I say so in fifty words.
Defiant to the last I say so in fifty words.
Defiant to the last I say so in fifty words.
Defiant to the last I say so in fifty words.

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