The next story I had published this year was also thanks to Five Stop Story. My story ‘Sanctuary’ also received an Honorary Mention in their June Competition.
This was her sanctuary. Her place of rebirth, from a life of surviving to a life of living. It was the place that taught her beautiful places could be visited, and peace obtained, without the exorbitant prices that so often seemed to go along with the island get-a-ways and rainforest eco-resorts. She had soon stopped watching the travel programs, those which inspired the mind to dream and then disappointed the heart with a price unacheivable in any foreseeable future.
She had never really thought about the holidays that could be taken in her own ‘backyard’. There were always the advertisements and promotions for the beautiful national parks in the area, but she didn’t know how to camp.
This story was written several years ago, though to be honest I have no recollection now of what triggered it. A warning though – it does contain references to death, specifically euthenasia, so if that sort of things upsets you, don’t read any further.
I thought I’d start a series for Six Sentence Sunday of the first six lines from the stories I’ve had published this year.
The first is from Ermaline’s Feast. This story received an honorary mention in Five Stop Story’s April Competition
As her wings shifted ever so slightly, the great beast turned, heading for the sun. Ermaline looked down on the people miles below and wondered that something so small and insignificant could be so tasty. Damn shame they fight back, she thought, wincing at the fresh scar on her side that had blistered from the heat of their torches. It was a bad burn, and not for the first time did she wonder why she was not fire proof outside as well as in. But it would heal, and she would be back, these humans were too good to resist.
It was a month before Ermaline had the chance to return to the village.
Want to read more? Check out the rest of the story here – http://www.fivestopstory.com/read/story.php?storyId=2539
Today I have had two more stories published!
“One” at http://www.freeflashfiction.com/index.php/stories-artwork/science-fiction-and-fantasy/one-by-heather-jensen/
One is a flash fiction – just over 400 words. It is a fantasy, telling the story of the Norse God’s desire to destroy the world and start again and Freya’s attempt to save it.
“Sanctuary” at http://www.fivestopstory.com/read/story.php?storyId=3157 (If you like this one, you can click the blue heart at the bottom!) 🙂
Sanctuary is a little different to my more recent writing. I wrote Sanctuary about 5 years ago, at a guess, and while looking through my old work thought it would be a good length to submit to the Five Stop Story monthly competition. I gave it a quick edit, but was not confident that it would receive an award of any sort – so the Honorary Mention was most unexpected!
I just found out last night that my short story ‘Sanctuary’ has received an honorary mention in Five Stop Story’s June Competition!
It will be published on their site later this month. I’ll keep you posted! 🙂