Write a Story with Me # 49 with Danielle Ackley McPhail

Write a Story with Me is a group endeavor just for the fun of it. A different writer adds a new 250 words each week. It is the ultimate Flash Fiction Challenge!

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Here’s this week’s excerpt. We hope you enjoy!

49 – Danielle Ackley-McPhail

“Silence!” Queen Morath rose to her feet, her voice commanding, but low. Those in the room–fae and human alike–went still, the tumult fading.

The Queen of Queens strolled forward past her guards and the humans to stand before the grieving mother. She reached out a gentle hand to smooth away her tears. “She is here because we summoned her.” Her nose turned to a sneer as she eyed the fae guards behind the grieving mother. “But her appearance is earlier than anticipated. No matter.”

Quiet murmurs rippled through the chamber.

“Of all of us, she is most wronged.” Morath said, turning to meet the gaze of each person in the room. “Her kind, our kind, Fate…all have torn and tugged her life asunder with each new day, leaving her to bear burdens not of her choosing. We have brought her here to decide the fate of our peoples, both fae and human alike.”

The murmurs erupted into an outcry, nearly obscuring Natalia’s gasp.

“My son….all I want is my son….”

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Parts One – Forty Click Here

Part Forty-One – Vanessa Chapman

Part Forty-Two – Susan Rocan

Part Forty-Three – Kate Johnson

Part Forty-Four – An Elephant Can’t

Part Forty-Five – Julie Catherine Vigna

Part Forty-Six – Kai Damian

Part Forty-Seven – Richard Leonard

Part Forty-Eight – Sharon Manship

Part Forty-nine – Danielle Ackley McPhail

Don’t forget to stop by next week to see what happens next.

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13 responses to “Write a Story with Me # 49 with Danielle Ackley McPhail

  1. I read each week to see where the story is headed. I love that we all have taken it to unexpected places. 🙂

  2. I am so intrigued. when we we reach the true climax? There still have to be a war, right??? Something to explode? 🙂

    • Danielle Ackley-McPhail

      LOL…we’ll see…we’ll see! If no one else delivers, I’ll remember you’re looking for one the next time my turn comes up 😉

      • what the heck was I thinking when I wrote my post? I sound drunk. “we we”? “There still have to be war?” geez *face palm*. I should so re-read these things before I hit that reply button. I’m glad you understood me. And yes, I am a writer…at least I play one on t.v. Oh, and the explosions aren’t for me. They’re for the hostess of this blog. She loves explosions. Big, flaming explosions. We have to make the hostess (and her little blue lady friend) happy. 🙂

  3. I am amazed at how well each contributor has carried the story so far. I wonder where and when the intensity will lesson. What will it take?

    Awesome reading.

    • It does seem to be holding together really well, doesn’t it? I think it’s because each author sees the challenge of maintaining a coherent thread, but there are a few interwoven that still gives them leeway…Have to admit, I would have been hard-pressed to continue some of the other threads that I passed up.

  4. I read this when I was tagged so that I could add an intelligent piece to the effort, but was not able to comment then. You have eased the tension along and given Natania a bit more depth. I think mine will post in two weeks and I am anxious to see how the other contributors receive my piece.

    • You’re going to do great! 🙂

    • Thank you, Joe. It is very challenging to have put something in motion and then relenquish control to others. I had a concept in mind when I wrote my first contribution and everyone who came after had a slightly different slant than I would have visualized. That’s what makes this so much fun…

      • I have a smaller scale effort going where each person adds at least 750 words with their piece. I really had no thought of where it would go, but new with so many hands involved it would be exciting.