February 14th, 2020

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Prompt Challenge 14: Practical women, dust

Title: Rosie Cotton as was
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
Character: Rosie Cotton
Rating: G
Word Count: 243
Prompt: Practical women, dust
Summary:  Old kings are all very well

“Tch!” A vowelless click of distaste. “What’s all that clutter doing here?”

“Dad said...” Tolman’s voice wavered into silence. He looked entreatingly to his older sister; their father had been well and truly out-argued in the matter of the plans for the new settlement, out here east of Bree, and he had no wish to stir up his formidable mother’s anger again.

“He said that it’s from the old kings. It’s all their glory, he said, all their lost, cold splendour…” Primrose’s clear young voice unconsciously fell into her father’s soft, haunted cadences.

“Stuff and nonsense!” said their mother. “That’s your dad all over, Prim - I think he likes to be gloomy. All this place needs is a good clean-out.” She peered inside, appraisingly. “And a fire-place put in. And a window or two. Be nice for a young family. Hop to it, Robin – you too, young Tom. Get all that clattery old rubbish out of here and make some room for me to get rid of the dust.”

When their mother had decided… well… Brothers and sister turned to begin the inevitable long, cheerful day’s work.

“Keep it up like this, mum, and they’ll be making you mayor of New Delving,” Robin said some time later, hauling at what seemed to be the broken remains of an old chariot. “Soon as there’s enough of us settled here to be worth a mayor.”

“Mayor of Cotton Delving,” she replied. “Wouldn’t mind.”

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Some Knights - Game of Thrones - Brienne of Tarth

Title: Some Knights
Fandom: Game of Thrones
Female Character: Brienne of Tarth
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 124
Prompt: Day 9 - Rescuing the Knight
Summary: Brienne & Jaime at Winterfell

She stood in front of Sansa and the Dragon Queen and testified on his behalf. She had no doubt they would have killed him.

In return, he’d given her the one thing she’d truly desired, a Knighthood. She didn’t believe it was real at first, but as Jaime continued to say the words, it sank in and her heart sang with the joy of it.

She wanted him to know how worthy he was. She wanted him to be able to realize the goodness inside of him, so she gave him the one thing she had left to give- herself.

As she stood by his side and begged him to stay, she came to the realization that some knights would never truly be rescued.
Oz general no place like home
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Simple Economics - OZ - Diane Wittlesey

Title: Simple Economics
Fandom: OZ
Character: Diane Wittlesey
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 201
Prompt: Day 14 - Practical Women

Diane Wittlesey was nothing if not practical. When they told her that they would no longer pay for extra shifts, she knew she had to get the money somehow. The way she saw it, she was paying to keep food on the table and make sure that DeeDee had everything she needed to have as good a life as a correctional officer’s kid could have. And it wasn’t as if she was breaking the law, she might have been bending a few internal rules- rules, she might add, that were only a few months old. She wasn’t bringing in drugs, nothing that drastic. If a few piss-pots wanted to die a prolonged and quiet death due to lung cancer, it was their lives to lose. She always preached good self-control when she went down the list of rules- if they couldn’t live without a cancer stick, she might as well be the one to make a few bucks off of it, and as trashy as he was, she knew she could trust Scott Ross to make sure she got her fair share. It was simple economics, supply and demand.

All she needed was to be sure that she never got caught.
River Serenity
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Identity - Firefly - River Tam

Title: Identity
Fandom: Firefly
Character: River Tam
Rating: G
Word Count: 172
Prompt: Phases - Day Eleven
Summary: River knows who she's been

Even though she was still the youngest person on Serenity, she could clearly see the phases of her life that had gone before.

There was the Girl before- Simon’s sister, getting into his hair, questioning their father with frightening regularity, a dancing, free-spirit.

There was the Student- she only felt fragments of this phase. So much of her time at the Academy had been blocked and she might have been fortunate not to remember some of the darker moments.

There was the Rescued Girl with the fragmented mind, also known to some as Crazy Killer Woman. She was devoted to and dependent on Simon more than ever, but she was afraid of her capabilities and the violence that lurked inside.

And then there was whoever she was now, a woman in a girl’s body, trying to piece together what she could. She looked out into the darkness of space and slowed her breathing.

Pilot. That’s who she was. Serenity’s guide, keeping her in the air with all the love that she had.
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The End - OZ - Shirley Bellinger

Title: The End
Fandom: OZ
Character: Shirley Bellinger
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 126
Prompt: Day 13 - gravity
Summary: Shirley takes a walk

She walked with a purpose, nearly hurrying through the corridors as she prayed the words to the twenty-third psalm.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…

Her footsteps barely made a sound on the tile floor, drowned out by the sound of her own voice and that of the priest sent to accompany her on this journey.

He restoreth my soul…

She felt the sun streaming in through the windows. How remarkable to feel it now, flooding her with warmth.

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.

It wasn’t until the gate swung open and the gallows was before her, waiting for her sacrifice, that she understood the gravity of the situation.

She was going to die.