Thursday, April 21, 2016

A to Z: Short Beginnins R

2016 THEME: Short Stories - at least the beginnings thereof.
YOUR PART: Throw out names, themes, random words or situations using the letter of the day and I'll pick some of them to include in the opening paragraphs of a short story.
WHY: I'm most inspired when there's a challenge involved. Usually that means an opening line or a theme. This month: your words.

My creative blender awaits your R word suggestions in the comments section. Stop by tomorrow's post to read the story you inspired.

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Q Story:
"Quit fretting Isabella, your hair will turn out queer and no one wants that at your coronation," said her grandmother who stood in the shadows.
The maid pulled the braids together and pinned them in place. Another put slippers on her feet and another placed golden bracelets on her arms. When her hair was finished, she moved to the quilted coverlet on her bed to relax while the maids cleaned up the bath and everything they'd brought out of the chests.
"You'll be fine, Isabella, you look the quintessential queen. Go on, they're waiting for you."
The whole seducing the king plan had turned into quite a quagmire, Isabella considered. After all, she'd never wanted to be queen. Her grandmother did. And after the coronation, she'd only have a few years, if she was lucky, to watch her grandmother fail. Tonight, when the moon was full overhead, they'd be switching bodies. The poor king had no idea what a mess his kingdom was about to become, and for that she felt bad. He was a kind man, and he'd been nothing but good to her during their courtship. But if she didn't complete the ritual with her grandmother, Isabella would be dead by morning regardless of her youthful body.


  1. Duh duhhh!!! That's quite a cliffhanger, Jean. And the rest of the story...? :)

    R words: read, redoubtable, rum, replete, rattle, rope, rinse, risible. Have fun. ;)

  2. Ooh, I'm so hooked!

    R words: rainbow, right, rod

  3. Switching bodies---that does not sound good.

    R words: roustabout, rascal, rampage.

    Meet My Imaginary Friends

  4. She has got to go ahead with the ritual!

    Ritual (see what I did there?) Roadie Radio Railway Rambling Ralph Ruthless

    Rosa Temple writes...

  5. Q is a tough one--and you did a great job with it!

  6. yup seducing royalty is always a quagmire - nice job

  7. Oooh! Spooky! I would like to read more of this story...
    How about rubies for R?

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  8. A dark story! Good one.

    R is for rabies?

  9. I hope you go back and expand some of these. Looks like you've got storyseed fodder for years to come!

    For R, how about a little romance?

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  10. Oh dear, sounds like the king has a crisis brewing!

    Remnant, review, road-rage, rambunctious, return, rivet, restorative, rim.

    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016


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