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kisahawklin ([personal profile] kisahawklin) wrote in [community profile] 15_minute_ficlets2014-08-31 02:12 am

Prompt #201

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Today's word is: bang

bang [bang]

1. a loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun.
2. a resounding stroke or blow: a nasty bang on the head.
3. Informal. a sudden movement or show of energy: He started with a bang.
4. energy; vitality; spirit: The bang has gone out of my work.
5. Informal. sudden or intense pleasure; thrill; excitement: a big bang out of seeing movies.
6. Slang: Vulgar. sexual intercourse.
7. Printing and Computer Slang. an exclamation point.

verb (used with object)
8. to strike or beat resoundingly; pound: to bang a door.
9. to hit or bump painfully: to bang one's ankle on a chair leg.
10. to throw or set down roughly; slam: He banged the plates on the table.
11. Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.

verb (used without object)
12. to strike violently or noisily: to bang on the door.
13. to make a loud, sudden, explosive noise like that of a violent blow: The guns banged all night.
14. Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse.

15. suddenly and loudly; abruptly or violently: She fell bang against the wall.
16. directly; precisely; right: He stood bang in the middle of the flower bed.

Verb phrases
17. bang into, to collide with; bump into: The truck skidded on the ice and banged into a parked car.
18. bang up, to damage: A passing car banged up our fender.

19. bang off, Chiefly British Slang. immediately; right away.
20. bang on, Chiefly British Slang. terrific; marvelous; just right:
That hat is absolutely bang on.

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"I want to live."

[personal profile] gisil 2014-09-17 08:01 pm (UTC)(link)
The report of the gun sent Gisela running headlong through the tunnel. The icy wind pulled at her cloak, loosening her hair as it streamed behind her. The only thought in her mind, which would echo disbelievingly in her mind for years to come, was: I want to live.

"I want to live," she shrieked as she plunged into the icy water that rushed at the mouth of the tunnel. As she looked back her lover's form lay limply in the shadows. She did not fully process or assign feelings to the image, as she did in succeeding years.

The shot had taken Geroen's life. Later, much later after Hildegarde had rescued her from the water and after her fever had subsided, she learned the truth. But until that time, the sound reverberated in her fevered dreams, drawing the same cry from her: I want to live.

Hildegarde stared at Gisela, her sapphire eyes blazing, as she watched her figure twist in the sweat-drenched linens of her bed.

"Why did you run?" she asked numbly. "I would never have hurt you."

Hildegarde had fired the shot that killed her brother, Gisela's lover. A misunderstanding, blighted by jealousy, had taken a human life. She and her brother had been neither close nor distant, but she had killed the seeds of Gisela's future happiness unknowingly.

Long after Gisela had recovered, they spoke together quietly about it, on the verandah where the flower-scented breeze could minister to Gisela's frail health.

"It is not your fault, Hildegarde," Gisela said. "Johann drove you mad with jealousy. The blood is on his hands. He exploited your passionate temperament."

She took Hildegarde's hand in her small, pale hand and smiled a thin smile.

"You are brave, Gisela," Hildegarde said after considering her for a moment. She felt a surge of pride in the knowledge. Gisela was hers. Her sister. Her daughter. There were stronger ties than those of blood. Those slender threads of obligation could not hold love's sustenance on their own.

She knew that Gisela still dreamed at night of the tunnel, and the ringing shot. But she remembered Gisela's cry, when her lover had been shot beside her, and she had kept running. It said everything about her nature, and her true feelings. "I want to live."
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[personal profile] edenfalling 2014-09-19 02:51 am (UTC)(link)
Title: Paved with Love
Fandom: original story
Word Count: 600
Summary: Shadowfall's father asks her to help make a gift for her mother.

Shadowfall eeled into the forge and tucked herself away on a shelf beside the big wheel-powered bellows Father used when he needed a particularly big fire.