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

Seclusion Photo Prompt for Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers Amanda Gray Outside Pecos, This image is titled Outside Pecos and is provided by Amanda Gray for Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers 100-word flash fiction challenge July 6, 2012. This photo prompt is featured in my story, Seclusion, posted on wordpress at URL and on the Madison Woods website at URL

He trekked for miles. Every step a prayer of gratitude for the freedom of his land and for the tender, undefiled perfection cradled in his arms.

She wrapped her soft, dainty arms around his solid neck, gazing at his stalwart face as he carried her over sand and sage. He had seen the place before. Vowed to return with the girl of his dreams.

Twilight waned. Cool breeze and her warmth enlivened him. She drifted to sleep in wedded bliss, the rise and fall of his chest a comfort to her. His beating heart and a distant howl her lullaby.

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

  1. Kwadwo says:

    “She drifted to sleep in wedded bliss…” Beautiful line.

  2. N Filbert says:

    lovely – impressive to take a dismal setting and turn it verdant.

  3. Touching hope and love in this piece. I really liked it. But I think the last line – His beating heart and a distant howl her lullaby.- made me a little confused if she was wife or child (though I know wedded bliss should say it all right?)

    Very nicely written, positive and hopeful. Thank you.

  4. rochellewisoff says:

    The word “youth” threw me off. Somehow I always think of a boy as a youth. Just a thought. Other than that it’s a sweet, uplifting story.

    • Sorry for the confusion. She is definitely a girl. If there is one thing I would not want confused, it is that. I suppose I should have used a more specific word, such as maiden, or damsel, or better yet, perfection. I’ll use perfection. Perhaps it’s not too late to edit. I often forget the kind of world we live in. Thanks for pointing that out.

  5. Really, it’s the simple security and journey of togetherness you hope from marriage, once you strip away the fanfare and embroidered lace. This is a lovely story, very touching and I love the ending, where she feels safe in his arms from the distant howls.

    I’m here:

  6. “Every step a prayer of gratitude…” is a beautiful turn of phrase, and I very much enjoyed the love and joy they found in each other.

  7. What a creative way to turn a sight of desolation into one of love and hope. Two people on a journey and the world be damned! Loved it!

  8. EmmaMc says:

    At first I wondered where this was going, but it is just so romantic. Really loved it.

  9. yaralwrites says:

    Thank you for reading mine and I agree Perfection sounds much better, well done.

  10. Sweet, lovely and poetic. I wonder why they are walking however…and wonder how happy she will be when she awakens to see this a desolate, barren place. Thank you for reading mine.

  11. Stacey says:

    An interesting interpretation. I’m not sure what your vision was, but I definitely had flashes of romance novels while reading this (undefiled perfection; soft, dainty arms; solid neck; gazing; stalwart face; vowed to return; twilight; the rise and fall of his chest; his beating heart). I could almost see sun glinting off of his naked, well-muscled chest as the hem of her lacy white dress cut a new trail along the desert floor (and I I loved that Twilight happened to be capitalized!).

  12. Very much like, and it gives me the feeling that she’d follow him anywhere for love, which appeals to the hopeless romantic in me. The sort of “I’ll live in a cave if it means we’d be together” version. šŸ˜‰

    Thanks for your comment on ours.

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