For Honor – Part 1

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Flash fiction is quick and fun to write. It is also quick and fun to read, which explains its growing popularity—especially among young people. By its very nature—limited word count—it trains writers to hone their craft while creating stories within the set constraints.

For Honor was originally published oi the flash fiction webzine Havok in 2019. I have tweaked this story a bit to share it here on our blog. The word count exceeds Havok’s maximum, but the piece is still short enough to be considered flash fiction. And though it is short, I have elected to divide the story into two pieces. Why, you may ask. For two reasons. First, because I am preparing for surgery in early September and wanted my posts set prior to things going even more crazy; and second, because I didn’t want my posts to get too long.  

So … enough said. I hope you enjoy For Honor.

Je’hir tried to blink back the salty tears that leaked from his eyes, past the tops of his pointed ears, and into his dark, sweat-moistened hair as he lay staring up toward the heavens. Sky, turquoise with fluffs of pink clouds filled his vision. A wavering black dot far overhead broke the serene beauty.  

“No, no, no.” He moaned and punched the ground beneath his fists, wishing the tangible evidence of his father’s treachery would disappear.

“Tried again, didn’t you?” Ma’nir’s mocking voice preceded the older boy as he stepped from the dark woods into the small clearing where Je’hir had landed after attempting to close the puncture in the sky-dome. “You’ve got to be the most pathetic half-breed ever. Even your father, full-fledged drakon that he was, couldn’t fix the mess he made up there.” Ma’nir’s high-pitched laughter bounced off the circling trees.

Je’hir moaned and pushed up onto his feet. He dipped his head and scanned his silver wings, checking for any breaks or crumbles. They opened and closed, every scaly feather meshing with its neighbors in perfect sync. He bent and began to gather the glass shards he had hoped would fuse with the dome and close the rift.

Ma’nir shifted from human form into full-drakon. Large and ruby red, he rammed into Je’hir, drawing forth a growl. “Stupid half-elf can’t even shift.” Ma’nir snickered again.

Je’hir hated that he was half-drakon and smaller than the other younglings of his tribe. His inability to shift was even worse. As if his family’s reputation wasn’t tainted enough, every time anyone looked at Je’hir, they were reminded of his family’s fall from grace.

 As Ma’nir attempted to ram him again, Je’hir spun. Using his elf-inherited maneuverability, he gripped Ma’nir’s near wing, flipped out his own for balance, and circled, swinging Ma’nir into a tree.

One look at the bully was enough to convince Je’hir to run. Scooping up a handful of the glass now scattered in the scrubby grass, he folded his wings close to his body and tore into the heavy woods, dodging trees, and leaping ankle-snatching vines.

Behind him, Ma’nir crashed through the underbrush, his howls of anger rising above the din of his heavy approach.

I look forward to finishing Je’hir’s story on my next post. In the meantime, blessings and happy reading!

Author: C. S. Wachter

C. S. Wachter lives in rural Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, with her husband Joe, one German Shepherd, and three cats. She and Joe have been married for more than forty years and have three sons, one grandson and one granddaughter. Ms. Wachter earned her degree in Performing Arts and English Education from Rowan University in 1975. She compares developing a character’s perspective to preparing for an acting role. As a life-long lover of books, she has read and enjoyed a variety of genres. However, after reading J. R. R. Tolkien in middle school her favorite has been, and remains to this day, Fantasy with a Christian perspective. Published Works 2018 The Seven Words Epic Fantasy series The Sorcerer’s Bane (Indies Today 2020 award winner in Religion) The Light Arises The Deceit of Darkness The Light Unbound 2019 Demon’s Legacy: A Worlds of Ochen Short Story (based on The Seven Words series) A Weight of Reckoning (sequel to The Seven Words series) 2020 Stone Sovereigns YA Fantasy duology Lander’s Legacy Lander’s Choice. Various Flash Fiction pieces for Havok and in their anthology Stories That Sing Facebook: Website: Goodreads: Instagram: Twitter: Amazon Author Page: MeWe:

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