Scarlet–Five Sentence Fiction

Welcome to another Five Sentence Fiction hosted by Lillie McFerrin over on her wonderful site. Here are the guidelines and prompt for the week:

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.

This week: SCARLET

She knew not to move, never to move: not when it was time to be laced. As was expected, she folded her legs beneath her (she had long gotten used to the numbness that came after a few hours), kept her hands in her lap and bowed her head. The golden loops jingled as the ribbon was laced around her spine; she was being wrapped, because she was a gift, a daily gift for his majesty: his art, his entertainment, his representation of the holy on earth. She was his Shakti bound, touted as the totem for His people to follow and obey, but He had bound her too tightly, and now her liberation would bubble forth in a carmine bloom that would outgrow and choke the false ruler. Her lacing would be His noose.

Get on over to Lillie’s site to dig into the other links!


22 thoughts on “Scarlet–Five Sentence Fiction

  1. I’m not sure why, but this made me think of Scheherazade. Two strong women, perhaps, both challenging a king? In any case, just like the others above, I love the final sentence.

    1. You know, I’d never heard of Scheherazade until you mentioned it. Googled it and I’m very intrigued. Thanks for introducing me. And I’m glad you liked the final sentence. My favorite, too! :)

  2. So interesting the way you so intricately wove your words as if weaving the very lace “around her spine.” Outstanding! Love that her ruler will get what’s coming to him!

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