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Friday, February 3, 2012

Flash Fiction Friday 2-3-12: "Crystalline Dream"

(Image stolen from Lexi some time ago; title unknown, artist probably Adam Spizak)

She looked, curiously, at the pill in her palm. This was going to take her to places undreamed?

Almost without thinking, she put it to her mouth, swallowed.


Waves of liquid light, sweeping, rising. Crystalline fire spiraling along her nerves, setting them aflame. Skin singing with sensation. A great gulf, filling with burning ice.

Scattered notes dancing in the swirling wind. Mighty gears turning, meshing, driving her higher. Globes of ecstasy, bubbling up and through her. Building and foaming, gyring and twisting, lithe and effortless. Floodflames as she neared the tautened edge, then crossed it in screams of wonder and joy.

Your challenge for today was to use the picture above and write a flash fiction of 85-105 words. Additionally, I provided a key phrase I wanted to see used somewhere in the submission:


Nobody's checking word counts, or for the key phrase, but you're only cheating yourself if you break the rules. Unless you're doing it to earn a spanking (in which case, see me after class).

Special Bonus Director's Commentary Track:

This artwork fascinated me. Even though I've never done any hallucinogenics, it seemed to be a pretty good representation of how one might seem. I crossed that with my hazy ideas of what I think the female orgasm might feel like, and then stirred briskly with lyrical and poetic writing. The result, I think, speaks for itself. I hope you enjoyed it.

Understand that I don't advocate recreational drug use -- it seems to me to be an easy way to get lost in an "outside" world, while losing touch with the real world and, incidentally, blowing lots of money -- but I can't help but wonder what an acid trip, or a mescaline trip, might do for someone who was already sensually-minded.

The title comes from the song of the same name by Shadow Gallery. Prog-rock is very good at describing dream worlds, so it makes a good soundtrack.

If you are playing along this week, please leave your link below using the widget. It will appear in the text of the post itself, not in the comments, so everyone that's playing will be listed here. This frees me from having to chase people down to find out if they're playing or update the Friday post several times for late entries. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Apologies for the late entry -- this did not auto-post at midnight for some reason. I've added three of the participants that I've seen so far since they couldn't add theirs without this being here!

In any case, the participants list is below. Go check them out, and thanks to all who played along.

Check back here on Monday for the next challenge! And if you have any photos or artwork you'd like to see in a future challenge, please send them my way. Thanks to Lexi for providing this week's art.

-- PB


France said...

Thanks for adding my link!

I've been told that sex and drugs make a powerful mix, but I have no interest in drugs. Now the argument is that alcohol has the same effect, it alters your state of mind. Anyway. :)

I've enjoyed your piece. Happy Friday!

Word said...

Very good job. Been there, played with ecstasy and sex. Lucky to have a good 'trip'. Your writing captured it very well.
Glad to have FFF up and running. I didn't realize how much I missed it.

Advizor54 said...

I'm sorry I had to enter my name twice, I liked the picture so much I posted early and by accident (much the way many of us vote) and so I had to come around on the official FFF and put up another story.

I'm glad FFF is back on track too!

Jack and Jill said...

It seems that many bloggers interpreted this story as a drug trip, and I was no exception.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful description. That was some pill!

Anonymous said...

Nicely written, PB.

I did acid once, many moons ago... it made me far too paranoid and generally freaked out to think about sex. Nice light show, though.

The Panserbjørne said...

France: I have considered it once or twice but never seriously. I find my own mind is powerful enough to take me places without bothering to take any mind-altering substances. :)

Word: Ah, the voice of experience chimes in. I'm glad it rings true! Thanks.

Advizor: No worries! Glad to have you participating.

Jack: I think it's something about the picture. Tripped me out, anyway.

Sweets: Yeah, it would be, wouldn't it? Too bad they don't really make something like that.

Marianne: I heard that LSD can cause some really bad trips if you have the wrong type of chemistry or brain for it. I'm sorry you had a bad trip -- but glad it's long in the past. Also, nice to see you around again!

-- PB