Flash Friday: A Howling

Aye, but the wind was fierce, and showed not a bit of mercy as she buffeted wildly against the walls of that shack.  Yet those within feared it not, held fast by a power greater than wind.

A keening wail struck their ears. Carson stood, eyes blazing in anger.  The Howling had come.

Kneeling upon the hard-pack of the floor, Carson pressed his fingertips to the dirt.  He felt the stones beneath, the ribs of the earth.  A deep hum drew the earth up,  just in time, as the Howling struck the earthen wall with a gale force, and broke upon it.

Some things are stronger than wind.

FLASH! It’s Flash Friday, the day when Seeking New Earth authors write short stories up to 1000 words (“flash fiction”) or 110 words (“microfiction”). Both are sure to instigate the imagination and stimulate the synapses. Did you like what you read? Want to explore the story some more? Or maybe you want to try your own hand at some flash fiction? Leave us a comment below!

This story came came to me over the last 24 hours as we were buffeted in our own home by 30 mph winds. It made me think, at one point today, about earth sheltered homes and how on days like today they seem like a pretty good idea. This may be the start of a larger idea, but I don’t know what yet.

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3 responses to “Flash Friday: A Howling

  1. Yay more flash fiction is up. 🙂

    There is a distinct voice to this piece – which I really enjoyed. A sense of an old culture (except perhaps the name Carson – which I can’t quite place) and of earth magic. Well done. Thank you.

  2. I like this. You did a different twist on “Howling” — when I see that word in a speculative setting, it usually deals with werewolves. I like the idea of a world where the very wind is an enemy, a predator that people must fear. I also like the idea of the earth providing a mighty fortress.

    Yes, I’d be interested in reading more of this world!

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