Photo of three people riding horses through the bush in an Australian cattle station. Used as a prompt for microfiction.
Photo by Tobias Keller on Unsplash

In the unseen timelines of the mortal trio, that day was marked as the occasion of the light dimming in each of their hearts forevermore, disconnected as they were from the source.

They’d slunk out of the forest triumphant, leaving behind an unrecongnisable world: sacrifices made in the name of gods they didn’t believe in, although flashbacks were tinged with fear of the wrath of those same dieties.

Meanwhile, the sun continued to rise and set, bearing witness to daylight thievery and acts of grace with the same silent intensity.


Inspired by Sonya’s Three Line Tales Week 95.

Conflict Resolution

we’ve reached a deadlock

playground rules for dousing flames

sticks and stones break bones


take care in choosing

rock paper scissors fire

go- throw! wrap! cut! burn!


game of two players

you choose rock, I go with fire

decision pending


sway of the flame’s light

bent by the gem’s sharp edges

unlikely union


Two word prompt (gem, flame) courtesy of RonovanWrites’ Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. Thanks Ronovan!

Interesting fact: did you know that a decision to settle a matter in a US court (albeit a minor one) was made using a round of rock paper scissors? Check out “American Case” in the Wikipedia entry for Rock Paper Scissors. What did we do pre-Wikipedia? I guess that is the kind of thinking Jimmy Wales hopes will inspire donating to the cause (I did once, as I get reminded everytime there is a fundraising drive).