Perspective by Ilyan Kei Lavanway for Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Flash Fiction

Perspective Damsel Fly Dragonfly Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt June 22 2012, Perspective by Ilyan Kei Lavanway is a micro-fiction story derived from this image of a Damsel Fly dragonfly that is the photo prompt for the Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers 100-word flash fiction challenge June 22, 2012 at URL and URL

“Daddy, look at the dragon fly,” squealed Lela, gleefully.

“Where?” Ty looked toward Lela’s voice and then knelt at the brook.

“Over there!”

Ignoring her, Ty gulped cool water, face half submerged. He paused.

“I see it! Beautiful!”

A blue dragonfly lit upon a pebble. Viscous, red raindrops stunned it momentarily. Its flight drew Ty’s gaze heavenward. Tranquility belied panic.

Two tumbling objects plummeted. Opaque saliva, followed immediately by its transparent, hypergolic complement, plunged into Ty’s gaping mouth. The ensuing detonation propelled his torso to the ground. The upper third of his skull ascended past Lela’s bisected cranium and foot.

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17 Responses to Perspective by Ilyan Kei Lavanway for Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Flash Fiction

  1. boomiebol says:

    Wow!!! Well done, and many thanks for stopping by mine

  2. yaralwrites says:

    Nicely done and thanks for stopping by and for the tip.

  3. raina says:

    wow nicely written!

  4. Gruesome! It all started so peacefully, too! Mine’s on the list.

  5. rich says:

    i’m not exactly sure what happened. how did the girl’s head split open? what knocked him down?

    • I may have been a bit vague in the writing. My intent was a play on the semantics of the word dragonfly as opposed to the expression, dragon fly.

      The little girl was telling her dad to look at a dragon that was flying. The dad, with his face in the stream, thought she was talking about the dragonfly that landed on the pebble. Neither realized the other was talking about something completely different.

      Unbeknownst to the father, the dragon had swooped down and caught the girl in his mouth. When the dragon flew overhead, it bit down, severing the top of the girl’s head and one of her feet, swallowing the rest of her. When the dad looked up, he saw the girl’s foot and the top of her head tumbling down.

      The dragon’s two types of saliva dripped into the dad’s mouth, igniting when they mixed on contact, blowing his head apart. The dad’s forehead was propelled into the sky, past the falling pieces of his daughter.

      • rich says:

        two types of saliva? i’ll read it again and see if i can pick all that up. that’s a lot.

      • rich says:

        i can see how that separation of “dragon” and “fly” makes a big difference, but it’s too easy to miss that. especially because it’s a child. also, i would rather (i know, it’s not my story) he see a reflection of something massive in the stream. that could be a better indicator of the real dragon.

      • The notion of two types of dragon saliva is hinted at in the sentence, “Opaque saliva, followed immediately by its transparent, hypergolic complement, plunged into Ty’s gaping mouth.”

        The opaque saliva by itself is inert. The clear saliva by itself is also inert. However, when the two complementary fluids mix or contact each other, they are mutually reactive in an explosive way.

        Some rocket fuels are designed to have hypergolic properties. This allows safe storage when kept separate. It also facilitates reliable, immediate ignition when mixed, without the need of an incendiary source like a spark or a pilot flame.

        The idea is that a real dragon would have two types of salivary glands, perhaps on opposite sides of the mouth. Ejecting separate streams of the two saliva types such that they mix upon leaving the dragon’s mouth allows the dragon to spit fire without burning itself. In the story, excess saliva of both types had drooled out of opposite sides of the dragon’s mouth without mixing until splashing into the dad’s mouth as he was looking up, awestruck.

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever read a 100 words with so much violence. Very unsettling, but skillful writing to provoke that reaction so quickly. Thanks for reading and commenting on my story.

  7. Kwadwo says:

    It started so peacefully and ended with gore. I didn’t get what happened to Lela and Ty until I read your answer to Rich’s question in the comments section.

  8. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Ilyan,

    I’m glad you provided an explanation. With or without it, though, your story was well crafted and vivid. The fact that the 100 word limit kept you from spelling out what was going on did not detract from the story (once the explanation was provided.) It stood on its own two feet, provoking my mind to puzzle out the clues and solve the mystery. Well done.



  9. flyoverhere says:

    I am just glad there are no real dragons with jet fuel saliva, at least no naturally occurring ones! Good imagination and well told. Of course I had no idea what had happened until I saw the explanation.

  10. hazelspencer says:

    It bothers me that these innocent photographs seem to evoke such violence and ugliness from so many of the story writers. Death does not seem to be an intellectual solution to the conundrum set by them. I am sorry but I saw no meaning in this and even on second reading do not find the story you explained later. Please do not be angry with me, I would truly like to offer constructive criticism but I just don’t get it.

  11. Hi….Read it several times bec. I was puzzled and perplexed…I sensed violence but now sure why., That is,…until I read your explanation to Rich. This could be the beg’g of a longer story. Thanks for visiting me.

  12. N Filbert says:

    wow! excellent

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