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That’s when she got a whiff. A scorched odor wafted on the cool ocean breeze. It drifted in and out, pulled in waves, sometimes overpowering the essence of sunscreen and sweat. She glanced around and lurched forward, yanking her sunglasses off as she twisted in the chair. “What the—”
“Synbatec, wastopaneer, tacise.” A frenetic young man, dressed in coat and tie, boogied behind her. Flames licked upward battling the brilliant white glare of paper grasped in his hand. “Synbatec.” He shoved the papers away from his body, closer to the umbrella.
“Clark.” Karen gagged on bitter vomit surge and slapped her husband. “Fire! Wake up.”
The flames swarmed and crackled. “Wastopaneer.”
“Wha-what?” Clark bolted upright. Clunk! His head banged against Karen’s.
“Oof!” Headache stars splintered her scalp. “Clark! Fire.” Chills swept across her skin. The crazy man stared into her, the conflagration creeping downward to his fingers and upward toward the beach umbrella.
An arc of water crashed over the man. Clark leaned over, sucking air, a neon green bucket tumbled at his feet.
The crazy man wailed, his body collapsing to the sand. “No.” He plucked at the papers, a whine rising from the ground with him. He glared at Clark. “You ruined the spell.”
“Spell?” Clark inched backward.
The man plowed fingers through his hair. “Publication. Agent. My last chance. Argh. I’m doomed.” He stalked away.
This was my Third Campaign Contest entry. The guidelines:
Write a blog post in 300 words or less, excluding the title. The post can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should show:
- that it’s morning,
- that a man or a woman (or both) is at the beach
- that the MC (main character) is bored
- that something stinks behind where he/she is sitting
Just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: "synbatec," "wastopaneer," and "tacise." (NB. these words are completely made up and are not intended to have any meaning other than the one you give them).
- that something surprising happens.
My entry word count: 298.
You can find the other posts here. I'm # 124