horizon

pier

I want to run to the end, spread my arms, and fly.  I don’t think about the impossibility of that.  The call to do so is strong enough to keep all doubts at bay.  I know, when I leap, I will soar over the smooth surface of the water.

The closing words of the first Pirates movie come to me as my feet start to move, “Now, bring me that horizon.”  Yes.  Yes, that is what I want.  Freedom.  Adventure.  The kisses of sea and sun on my skin.  The air rushing passed my face.  I will reach the end.  I will jump.  I will fly.

The boards creak under my feet, which are moving faster with each step, and like springs the planks propel me forward.  Each step becomes a leap of its own.  The end of the pier draws close.  The beginning of my freedom is just beyond.  I’m almost there.  My arms raise at my sides, the wind tugging at them, preparing to hold me aloft.

In the last instant I coil my feet under me, pressing into the pier with all my weight, all my force, and then I unleash the straining muscles to jump as high and far as I can.  I clear the railing easily.  While I feel gravity pushing on me, it doesn’t concern me, my will keeps me airborne.  The breakers slapping at the pylons fades into the background behind the sound of the air as I speed away.

I am flying.

I am free.

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When I first saw the picture for the current Once More With Feeling, I immediately thought about running to the end to jump off.  Everything else followed that one thought.

And you?  What do you see or feel when you look at the picture?  Write it, link it, post it!

busy day

Antelin stirred the bubbling concoction in his giant cast iron pot.  The smells drifting away from the contents carried the magician to another time and place, to when he had first learned how to make the stamina potion.  From there, his mind wandered to the tasks of the day.  It was going to be truly busy.

After finishing the potion and drinking it down while still piping hot, for potency, he had to study the spells he would need to accomplish the rest of the day’s tasks.  Then he would venture out in search of the men who had insulted him the previous night.  His lip twisted into a vicious sneer as he remembered how they had ruined his peaceful evening, sipping wine in his favorite chair next to a roaring fire.

Since the owner of the establishment was one of Antelin’s closest friends he had decided not to exact his revenge then and there, though the desire to do so had been great.  His fingers had crackled with lightning, ready to throw death at the foolish drunkards before he had been able to calm down, set his wine aside and leave.  Rowen, the owner, had come by his home later that night to apologize for the patrons’ rude behavior and to thank Antelin for keeping his cool.

Even then the magician had been gathering the needed ingredients for the stamina potion.  Planning out the firestorm spell, the tornado spell, and the myriad of death spells he would use on those patrons.  He was saving one special one, a painful joint splitting spell for the man who had dared to reach out and knock his hat.

Antelin smiled and continued to stir the potion in large circles with a along wooden spoon.  “Yes, it is going to be a long day, a busy day, but it will certainly fly as all such days do.  Then I’ll treat myself to more of Rowen’s fine wine tonight… to celebrate.”  He liked to keep himself busy.

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Word Count: 333

Written in response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:

FLY (intransitive verb)
1a : to move in or pass through the air with wings
b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space
c : to float, wave, or soar in the air <flags flying at half-mast>
2a : to take flight : flee
b : to fade and disappear : vanish
3a : to move, pass, or spread quickly <rumors were flying>  

Please note that the above examples of the third definition use various tenses of the verb.  For Trifecta, remember, you must not change the tense.  We need fly, not flying or flew.
Remember:
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