Well it’s time for another Blog Battle, if you haven’t come across Rachael Ritchey’s Blog Battles here’s your chance.
This link will take you to her blog battle page: http://rachaelritchey.com/blogbattle/
The rules are:
Date to Post: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
- 1000 words max
- fictional tale (or true if you really want)
- PG (no more than PG-13) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!
- Your story must contain the word(s) from the theme and/or be centered around the theme in a way that shows it is clearly related
- Go for the entertainment value!
- Post your story by Tuesday 11:59 PM PST
- Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting your story, put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section of this page, and/or include a link to this page in your own blog post (it creates a “ping-back” which will alert me and our friends to your #BlogBattle post)
- Have fun!
The prompt word this week is Musk.
Now this had me stumped for a while but then it came to me in a flash of inspiration I could submit a part of a chapter that I’ve already written from my second manuscript (yes I have more than one, this is my second work in progress!) about a cheeky young lady called Morag Eu Fungh and her dragon.
How can this children’s fantasy tale possibly have anything to do with the word musk? Funnily enough my mind works in peculiar ways so musk is quite appropriate!
My #BlogBattle Entry:
Morag’s Musk Load of Trouble
Morag sneaked upstairs as fast as her short legs allowed. In her bedroom she cautiously peered at her reflection in the mirror. She drew back in horror. A large rabbit stared back at her.
The rabbit wasn’t attractive or cute.
It was no cute pet bunny rabbit
with a fluffy tail and floppy ears.
No, this creature staring back at her
had the definite air of a wild rabbit,
a dirty and downright ugly, wild rabbit.
Morag screamed but no sound came out. Panic rippled through her furry body, sending nervous twitches down her large ears, and tears threatened to smart her eyes but no tears came.
Morag’s rabbit body sneezed. Then between sneezes she started to say a few words to her rabbit reflection.
“This can’t be happening. I must be dreaming.”
But the more she stared the more she realised that she was indeed a rabbit.
Then, a string of words tumbled out of her furry mouth before she could stop them.
“It’s that dragon. He’s cursed me, turned me into a stinking, smelly, ugly, rotten old rabbit. Ugh.”
Morag hopped all the way down the stairs and out the door, mumbling, and groaning without her mother noticing her at all. She was otherwise engaged chatting up the postman!
Out in the large expanse of garden Morag felt very small and vulnerable. She heard the sound of a cat meow. She hid under a bush, only daring to come out when the cat disappeared. The sounds and smells all around her had magnified to an intense level. She could hear tiny insects scurrying about in the earth. The drone of a faraway lawn mower hammered in her eardrums. Her stomach gurgled so much that she made for a patch of juicy grass and ate, and ate, and ate. Then to her horror she began to gulp down whole, small round pellets of rabbit poo that were sprinkled across the park area beyond the garden. Augh, how disgusting! When night came a darkening sense of terror burrowed into her thoughts. The stars in the sky did nothing to make her feel better. She tried to stretch her long rabbit body and relax but no sleep came. In fact she was so frightened that a fox or an owl would attack her that she kept her eyes wide open all night long. In the silence of the night she heard a whisper, and then a loud crackle, and then another. Soon she was convinced that someone nearby must be lighting a fire. She hopped towards the sound to investigate. A flash of red, and then a blast of fire scorched the night sky.
Only the dragon could light up the sky like that. For a long time she remained still, watching, too scared to approach him. But at last her courage grew and she moved nearer and nearer.
Morag could feel the force of his relentless stare scorching the fur on her back. She hopped back and nearly turned tail and ran but the Dragon stopped her in her tracks with his words.
“How does it feel Morag, to be a defenceless rabbit?”
“Horrible,” Morag’s rabbit ears seemed to fold into themselves in despair.
“My thoughts entirely,” said the dragon, though he didn’t sound sympathetic at all.
“I have this musky smell. I eat poo. I have ticks, lice, and a family of mites are crawling all over me.”
“Yes you reek!” said the dragon pulling a face, “What an overpowering scent. Musk. It may be all the rage with deer but it isn’t dear to me! Huh, serves you right. Such a terribly mean thing that you did to your sister. I have no sympathy, you’re lucky that I didn’t turn you into a rat.”
“Please, mighty dragon. I can’t live my life as a rabbit. I’ll do anything you wish, just turn me back. I can’t live out here in my back garden.”
“Of course you can. Rise to the challenge, scaredy rabbit. Be a rabbit for a day. If you survive the night and aren’t eaten by a cat then maybe I might just come back tomorrow and turn you back. But it depends on how busy my day is. I’ve got lots to do you know,” said the dragon as he admired his long, sharp nails as if he intended to file them.
“No. You can’t leave me. You wouldn’t be so mean. I won’t last the night.”
“Stop grovelling, of course you will. Be a resourceful rabbit, see you tomorrow. Best of rabbit luck.”
With those final words, and a cold-hearted backwards glance the mighty dragon turned and disappeared into the night sky.
Morag shivered. Nearby she heard an owl hooting, and then all the sounds of the night seemed to chorus into song as if they were singing just for her, except they sang a song that she didn’t want to hear. She tested out her rabbit legs, and was satisfied to find that at least her hind legs were strong. She hopped fast across the lawn and then leapt into the air. What fun! So she did it again, and again, and again. Being a rabbit had its plus points! Soon, she was warm. Then she saw and heard a rustling in the nearby grass. A snake was twisting and turning its way towards her. Her ears pricked up in alarm. In a panic, she scampered to the right and the left zigzagging this way and that. It was time to find a burrow and hide, before she met any more snakes, owls, or foxes. Foxes frightened her more than anything with their big, furry bodies and sharp teeth. Thank goodness she could see so well but that wasn’t much compensation. She wanted to be a girl again, standing up on her own two feet, rather than hopping about on her hind legs. Being a wild rabbit and smelling of musky deer certainly didn’t make her feel cute like doey-eyed Bambi!
Hope you like my #BlogBattle story. I’m enjoying writing this one. Do let me know what you think.
Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx
© Marjorie Mallon 2015 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.
I don’t a chance to read children’s books any more with my boys all grown up up this story sucked me in and I liked it very much. The tension was good.
Thank you Tracey. It’s great to get some feedback, so glad that you enjoyed it.
I’m intrigued to know why she was turned into a rabbit. Good post. 🙂
Thank you glad it triggered your interest. 🙂
I’m curious about what terrible thing she did to her sister and why the dragon turned her into a rabbit. I like seeing the world through her rabbit eyes too. 🙂
Thanks so much for your comment. Morag likes to get into mischief, and the dragon likes to teach her a lesson! This is my current WIP, still a lot of work to be done on it.
Awesome WIP! It sounds like it will be a fun and entertaining novel once you’ve finished it. Oh yes, my WIP needs lots of work too, so I know what you mean. How’s editing going?
I keep on getting distracted at the moment, what with blogging, family, and other commitments. I’m finding the blog battle quite helpful to edit small chunks at a time. Glad you liked it. Good luck with your WIP too.
It can be difficult to find enough time; I know blogging and life things take up time for me too. Thanks. 🙂
This was lovely. I really enjoyed it. I have a soft spot for fantasy. It has the same freedom with imagination but it has the way about it that allows even sad stories with curses and tries to seem light hearted and delightful. This, with the Dragon and the Rabbit-girl was just great!
Ah. Thank you so much Candice. Yes I love writing fantasy stories, and I’m particularly enjoying writing this one because as you say it is light hearted.
How cool that the word lined up so well with your current WIP! I love it when that happens. 🙂 Not only does it give you a chance to showcase some of your story, but it gives us something to nibble on. (see what I did there? hehe) Love the dragon’s attitude of I’ll be back around when I get around! Sounds like a fun character!
Thanks Rachael, yes the prompt words seem to be working out quite well for me. I’ll be posting another snippet this week too. Glad you like the dragon, yes I like him too!