Thursday, April 3, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Cuervo or Crow

Cuervo (Spanish) or Crow (English)
[courtesy of D.B. McNicol]
Hip-hop, hip-hop, the squatting boy watched the raven cross his way.

Stopping in front of him, the beady eyes studied the young boy and then suddenly unloosed a deep gurgling croak as it dropped two stones on the ground.

Startled, the boy fell backward on the hot sand, but intent on the raven the searing heat went unnoticed.

"Grandfather told me stories about you."

The raven croaked in return.

"You brought us the sun, moon, stars and water. When you brought us fire, the smoke turned your white feathers forever black."

The raven croaked once more.

"I am alone here in the desert and need fire to live. I am grateful for the fire stones."

The raven hopped a few steps and then flew off into the sky, loudly croaking his acceptance of the thanks.

My theme is 10x10.
A maximum of ten sentences, a minimum of 100 words.
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17 comments:

  1. your flashes are great!
    loved the B murder surprise!
    and the crow was a magical touch.
    happy C day!

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    1. It's been fun getting back into the swing of flash. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Are those really ten sentences?
    *counts*
    That's not even ten! Awesome flash. I can definitely learn a few things.
    Sania @ Fragile Words

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    1. What? It's not ten? LOL! Glad you enjoyed it...

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  3. What a great flash piece! Love the mythology of the bird.

    A-Z Challenging at Untethered Realms

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    1. I couldn't come up with anything macabre so when with the mythology. Glad it worked and you enjoyed it.

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  4. Why does the word cuervo in Spanish sound more alluring than the plain English crow? I like how you can write a short story around a hundred words. Great writing exercise.

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    1. Thank you for visiting....yes, writing in no more than ten sentences and at least 100 words can be a challenge but one I enjoy tackling.

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  5. I saw the title and for a moment thought you were writing about tequila. The crow was cool, though. :) Looking forward to tomorrow's flash!

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    1. :0 Thanks for your continued visits...I was sick yesterday so making my rounds today.

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  6. Great piece Donna. Love Crows.

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    1. ...and I got to use a photo that I took! Thanks for visiting!!

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  7. Another brilliant piece of flash fiction. I'm so enjoying your posts! :)

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    1. So happy to hear you're enjoying these...lots to go! ;)

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  8. So that's how the crow got its color. It's a cute story to tell a child.

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    1. Yes, I enjoyed researching the mythology of the northern native Americans for this one.

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  9. I love the idea of flash Fiction. Never heard of it till now and I read like...A lot! English major with a minor in creative writing too. I love everything you've written so far! If you don't mind, I might write about Flash Fiction on the 'F' day!

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