Friday, December 28, 2012

Trifextra: Week Forty-Eight

After all the trials and trauma and tribulation that this year has brought forth, we were more than happy to spend some moments of wonder as seen through your eyes.  Respite and escape are some of the most powerful benefits of poetry and prose.  We'd willingly wander these halls for many hours if we could.

In a not-even-close-to-being-close-race, first place this week goes to Draug with Silver Lining.
His fingers were on my jaw. It was hard to resist the urge to jerk away.

“You’re doing well,” he remarked.

I could hear the smile in his voice. It calmed me. I was able to relax an increment more.

The fingers shifted up to touch my scarring.

I pulled away. Silence filled the space between us.

“…What they did to you wasn’t right. But I—and the doctors—aren’t them.”

“I know,” I whispered.

“We want to help you.”

“I know,” I repeated. I swallowed hard. “It’s difficult,” I admitted the next moment. “I still can’t get used to the idea that there are things I’ll never be able to do on my own ever again. And even with the blackness, I can still see…” I trailed off when the image of a gleaming blade filled my head.

He took my hand in a firm, unexpected grip. “Then let’s splash some color against that dark canvas,” he said. He raised my hand to his jaw line. “Paint a picture of me in your mind. Push back the blackness.”

This was a strange reversal. For weeks I had struggled to accept contact again. Now I moved my fingers along his features to capture his form in my mind. With hands that shook faintly in wonder, I marked a square jaw, a pudgy nose, and a thick head of hair.

“Brown,” he said for my benefit. His lips twitched into a smile; I felt the shifting muscles. “Green,” he added when I touched the corner of his left eye.

The picture was becoming clearer in my mind. I splashed details against the blackness in shining lines of color. One facet remained, however. I dropped my fingers to his lips. They were still quirked in that smile I had heard and felt. I dropped my hand, satisfied. The picture was complete.

“Hang on,” he said, and with an eager flutter of my heart I sensed his lips closing in. “I think you missed something there.”

Taking second is Trudging Through Fog with Fanning Flames.  It's another instalment in her Jade Dragon series, and apparently you guys like it as much as we do.

Rounding out the trifecta is People Do Things With Their Lives with Salacious.  I don't think any of us saw that coming.  Nice job keeping us on our toes!

Kudos to all of our winners, it was a pleasure to read your words.  On to the weekend prompt.
"I feel I'm able to get rid of any demons lurking in my psyche through my writing, which leaves me free to create all of this and to enjoy our family life, stepping away from all the fictional traumas and the dramas. If I write about family in crisis, then I won't have to live through it, I guess."
                    - Jodi Picoult

This weekend we're asking for 33 of your own words that exorcise a demon.  One of your own, or one from your imagination.  Let it bleed on the page.

This week's challenge is community-judged.
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Good luck!


  1. o__O

    I am...a little speechless.

  2. Oh, hurray! Draug, you totally deserved it. It was a very well constructed piece.

    I was afraid that, after such a long hiatus, folks wouldn't be interested in the Jade Dragon anymore. I am touched!

  3. Thanks, fog (:

    Your stories are always so *real* even though they're fantasy. I think that's what keeps peeps coming back to each installment.

  4. Thank you one and all for my 3rd place mention. And congrats to Draug and Fog for 1st & 2nd - awesome entries both. There were so many fine pieces - I am honored and grateful to have been voted 3rd. Thank you!

  5. There were some great reads, so congrats to you all. I'm glad to know Draug's only without speech & not words - WRITE ON! :)