100 Word Stories – …together the flames…

by limebirdwriters

As it’s Friday, the Limebirds take part in the 100 word story challenges set by Julia’s Place. How it works is that every week, Julia will give out a prompt, and you have to make a 100 word story using those words. This week’s prompt is ‘together the flames’. You don’t have to include the prompt words this week, so the total is 100 words.  If you would like to have a go, scroll down to the bottom for more information.

100 word challenge

This week we have Limebirds Amber,  Laura and Vanessa taking part.


Green and blue and red. Together the flames encircled Jamie. She wasn’t hurt. The coven gasped. She stepped out of the trial unbroken. She smirked at the group of women. She opened her palm and the fire raged.

“What now?”

The older women glared at her. She couldn’t become high priestess this easily. She was too young. Instead they would find another way to fix her. They had to, for the sake of the coven. For Jamie was a sociopath.


Together the flames danced across the page, as Peter dipped his brush in the watercolor kit Ma got him for Christmas. He feverishly painted, first yellow, then orange, followed by fire engine red.

“Peter, dinner!” Ma called from the kitchen.

“Just a minute, Ma!”

He couldn’t take his eyes off his painting. Filling one page, he grabbed for another – a new blank canvas for his flames. He was mesmerized by the warm colors that filled his vision.

Snapping to reality, he heard a fire engine outside.

“What’s that smell?” He asked himself. That’s when he saw the smoke coming from the kitchen.


“One, two, three, four…” Margaret pointed slowly to each one as she counted. “…twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three…”. Everybody watched her in silence. “…forty-nine, fifty”. Margaret sighed as she counted the last one.

“Honestly mother, did you have to count them all?” asked Susan.

“It just looked like so many, I thought maybe you had…” Margaret trailed off. She watched the flickering. Together the flames looked like an inferno to her. “I really am getting old now”. She sighed again.

“Don’t be ridiculous mother”. Susan was getting irritated. She started singing, and gradually everyone else joined in “Happy birthday to you…”

Would you like to have a go at a 100 word story? Well, head on over to Julia’s Place for the rules and either add your offering in the comments, or do your own post, but don’t forget to either link back to us or let us know in the comments so we can come and read!


10 Comments to “100 Word Stories – …together the flames…”

  1. Amber – Love it…hubble, bubble, toil and trouble…

    Laura – You did a really good job of painting the picture of Peter painting the picture! I was right there with it 🙂

  2. Great stories. 100 words are so few and you all chose to use them masterfully! This is quite a challenge, especially for someone like me who tends to be so wordy. 😉

  3. Great stories. I just took a stab at them for the first time yesterday. Very fun and stretching exercise.

  4. Great stories 🙂 I enjoyed them, each one was engaging.

  5. I’m never surprised at how well the Limebird Writers do with these challenges. 🙂 Excellent writing, everyone!

  6. Great job y’all, as always 🙂

  7. Very nice work, all!

    Amber, you know how to turn around the reader’s sympathies. I was rooting for Jamie all the way until the end.
    Laura, you’ve tapped into a deep-rooted desire to create…as well as that feeling of terror I think we’d all feel if faced with such possibilities.
    Vanessa, I get a sense of melancholy from such forgetfulness, amid the happiness of the occasion. It’s a lovely but sad realization of the narrator. I wonder if there’s more to that trailing off….

    Always a treat to read these. 🙂

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