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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
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Stephen of Scarborough (Part One)

Another story but in parts! 🙂  Enjoy.

Drat, I flung the stone across the cell. That didn’t work. I lifted the chain and tugged at the lock; didn’t even dent it. I gazed at a torch flickering on the other side of the steel bars. I had to get out. Slowly I crawled over to the stone and once again began pounding on the lock.
“Give it a rest lad,” the gruff man in the cell next to me whined. “You’re never goin’ to break it.”
“If it so happens that I do, don’t expect me to help you in your own jail break,” I shot back halting for a moment.
“From the likes of you? I doubt you could even get yourself out youngster.”
Several snickers from other prisoners drifted from the shadows. My cheeks began to burn, I renewed my pounding. The lock still didn’t budge. Holding the stone at eye level, I looked at it to the lock to my hand. An idea formed in my head and I set the stone aside. Tilting the lock towards me I stuck my right pinky finger into the key hole and wiggled it around.
“You’re going to end up missing part of that figer boy, a figer ain’t a key.”
I grunted, forcing my figer to search farther. Something clicked and the bolt popped open. “No?” I said grinning in triumph. The man looked at me, even in the dim torchlight I could tell he was dumb struck.
“Ah, you still have to get the figure out.”
“That’s nothing see,” I grasped the lock and pilled at my figner, it didn’t move. I pulled again with the same results. My sweet victory suddenly tasted a bit sour. Clenching my teeth together I yanked my hand away from the lock and my figure tore out. Blood trickled down the top where the lock had caught it. “There,” I said wiggling my throbbing digit. My neighbor only shrugged.
“You don’t think very far ahead,” he nodded at my cell door. This time I didn’t answer. I wasn’t out yet. I undid the iron around my leg, stood and walked over to the bared door.

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  1. Sir Emeth Mimetes

     /  August 26, 2009

    Story Girl,

    Very well done! I loved your dialogue, in that it seemed to fit with the setting that you had. Too many writers neglect to out the necessary effort into making their phrasing and their character’s speech match the story’s setting. I continually am jarred by modern colloquialisms in a supposedly ancient world. You did very well on this score!

    You also were able to focus your description (despite the clipped-out nature of the snippet) on what was immediately important to what was happening. Even though I could not see what you would have undoubtedly put into the story if there was more posted, I was still able to consistently create the scene in my head without trouble. Another good point!

    Well, that was really quick and off the top of my head, but I just wanted to encourage you. I am getting Holy Worlds Christian Fantasy set up, so I am hoping that it will be ready to be made public soon! I will be looking forward to having you a part of our community when that happens.

    With joy and peace in Christ,
    Sir Emeth Mimetes

    • storygirl308

       /  August 26, 2009

      Thank very much! I am glad you enjoyed it, and that it painted a clear picture. 🙂 I started this story for something on the Forum and then decided to use it to practice cramming in conflict. So far it’s been allot of fun.

      I like the name “Holy Worlds Christian Fantasy”, and I am also looking forward to being apart of it.

      In Christ, Laura

  2. Daniel

     /  August 26, 2009

    I like it!!!!! It is very good! It’s well written, and though, since it isn’t exactly an ‘action’ sequence, it does keep one interested.
    I can’t wait for the next bit! (metaphorically speaking of course.. 😀 )



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