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

Grapevine Gore Photo Prompt for Flash Fiction Story Grounded, This image of grapevine gore is actually a picture of tree sap. This is the photo prompt for the August 3, 2012 Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers 100-word flash fiction challenge. My contribution is titled Grounded and is posted on my WordPress blog at

“Easy, kid. Call it in to New Jerusalem Forensics. After you finish puking.”
“How do I explain it?”
“Say we found human innards. Somebody’s been gutted.”
“I mean, the tissue. It’s not necrotic. It’s reconstituting.”
“Thirty years LAPD Homicide. Never seen anything like this. Transferred to New Jerusalem to ditch the gruesome crime scenes. Got no idea what I’m looking at. I’m losing my mind.”
“Forensics won’t send anyone.”
“Why not?”
“Said it’s not a crime scene. Just another resurrection.”
“Where’s the gut pile? Who is that? How is he doing that?
“Scarier question. Why are we not?”

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Ilyan Kei Lavanway is an independent LDS author and publisher. He writes fiction and non-fiction that will blow your mind and resonate with your soul, expounding timeless principles of truth. Much of his writing contains concepts that are unfamiliar to many readers. Lavanway aims to impart eternal perspectives to his readers while also providing evocative and stirring entertainment. If readers come away with only neutral opinions after reading his work, Lavanway says he has not done his job. If readers come away without questions they have never before asked, Lavanway again says he is not doing his job.
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11 Responses to Grounded by Ilyan Kei Lavanway for Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Flash Fiction

  1. Brian Benoit says:

    Very interesting! There’s a lot going on here, but the core of it, the rookie and the veteran, works really well as a vehicle. I want to know what’s going on with these resurrections too. Nice job.

    Brian (

  2. elmowrites says:

    You introduce us to a strange new world here – the resurrections element feels like the beginning of something for sure. However, I found the flow a bit restricted, especially in the long “Thirty years LAPD…” paragraph and I wonder if you cut it back just for the sake of word count. If so, i’d suggest you just let the words work and don’t worry about word count. Or if, like me, you’re obsessive about hitting exactly 100, find another way to cut down the words so that the sentences still ring true.
    But feel free to disagree!

    I’m over here:

  3. billgncs says:

    that was a good one! full of questions

  4. rochellewisoff says:

    New Jerusalem Forensics? Another resurrection? Hm. Intriguing! I did have a little trouble with tracking the conversation. It could just be me. I’ve been up for 23.5 hours now and my brain is turning into the picture. 😉
    I’m here:

  5. Sandra says:

    I had some difficulty following who was saying what, but it’s a great idea and works well. Good work.

  6. Trudy says:

    This sets up some interesting questions in the reader’s mind, and the relationship between the rookie and his mentor is realistic. It felt a little fast paced to me though, like the dialogue needed to be broken a bit after the “Look” – he turned to the rookie/ he shook his head, something like that, perhaps, to give a little pause.
    But I enjoyed it, and you packed a lot into those 100 words!

  7. SAM says:

    I really enjoyed this piece. I love the nice little spin you put on it, though I too had a little trouble figuring out who said what. The dialogue was strong, enjoyable, despite that.

    Thanks for stopping by my place!

  8. yaralwrites says:

    Another good one and I like the resurrection part.
    Mine can be found here at

  9. Joyce says:

    Wow. That is certainly a new slant on the photo prompt gore. It is hard to describe what it really is when one doesn’t know, but that is a very graphic and descriptive way to explore some new ideas on what it could be with a very creative imagination. My story was not too far off that too. Ha.

  10. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Ilyan,

    That was tight and well crafted with introductions to New Jerusalem and resurrections. new light on an old subject? Either way it was good.



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