Forbidden Lovers

Unique in their difference
Disparate in their likeness
Legions moved, carried by wing
Opposed to the wingless, walking below

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The walking, armed with spear and stone
The flying, with rocks of fire
Ready to send the other home
To rest atop a funeral pyre

The war they fought, never ending
How it started, neither knew
Both sides tarried, never bending
Never remembering why they slew

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As is the normal in a war
Something remarkable oft takes place
As killing the other becomes a chore
Slaughtering, never seeing the face

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Until one time, a life depended
A woman’s life begins to fade
The man who finds her, hate rescinded
He finds her ‘midst a bloodied glade

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Back to health, he heals her wounds
She looks into his soulful eyes
Her heart starts singing loving tunes
She steals a kiss, then off she flies

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Now he tries to end the war
Saying they fight for no good reason
They say they’ve heard it all before
And sentence him to death for Treason

She tells her lords to think things over
Asks if they remember why they die
Her questions make them sit up, sober
They see the love inside her eye

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A truce is called before the others
They soon find out silence is golden
And now they see forbidden lovers
And to them, their lives beholden

A senseless war cost millions of lives
Fought with sticks and bombs and spears and guns
The deaths of many husbands, wives
Brothers, sisters, daughters sons.

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And so a peace reigns through the land
With grateful children, fathers, mothers.
As two walk out, hand in hand
The war was stopped by forbidden lovers.

© A Forbes 2017

Sunday Photo Fiction – Both Sides

Every week a photo is used as a prompt to write a story in around 200 words. If you want to have a go, then click on the Sunday Photo Fiction image below, and if you want to read what others have written, then click on the blue image with the frog below that.

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198 04 April 30th 2017

He leaned forward and looked at it. The clarity of it amazed him. The veins on the wings stood out so clearly. Each hair on the head, the eyes were incredible. Each little facet its own window into the world. The stripe down its back so clear, with each tiny hair on either side of it making the brown stand out. The fly didn’t move when a single droplet of clear liquid hit the keyboard beside it. The head just tilted slightly to the right, and then twisted to the left.

Then … nothing.

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The fly looked at it, the big beast sat there. It pulled a needle from its arm and then a smile crossed the face, one of bliss and pleasure.

Then the fly watched it as it leaned forward, seemingly examining it. The breaths were ragged and laboured. A smile spread across the face as if it were looking at the fly for the first time. The fly looked at the spoon and syringe, and then back at the beast. It saw a droplet fall from the head and land beside it.

The beast’s eyes rolled back into its head and fell forward, no longer breathing.

Book Review – Shadeward: Exoneration

In October 2016, I wrote a review of the first book in the Shadeward series called Shadeward: Emanation. I have now finished the second book and decided to review that as well.

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Exoneration is the second book in the four-part Shadeward Saga by Drew Wagar. It mainly follows three main characters – Meru, a Timekeeper from Amur; Kiri, an “only” – an orphan – girl from the slums now one of the Priestesses of Drayden and Zoella, a young girl orphaned and left and abused at a farm before running away and being saved by Prince Ioric.

At the end of the first book, Meru sets off in a flying metal machine to warn the people of Scallia about a catastrophe that is about to befall the planet. His friends, Mel and Coran take a floating metal machine that runs on ‘tricity to another area to warn people.

Of course, not everything goes the way it is supposed to, and a few more people are thrown into the mix for good or ill. Sometimes it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. It reminds me of a quote from a film – “I have seen good men do bad things, and I have seen bad men do good things”.

There is plenty of action and intrigue in the book with many twists. You find yourself hoping for some characters to survive only to start hoping they die later. And the other way round – you hope some people and then find yourself glad they didn’t. Wagar builds characters well and makes them believable with their views and scheming.

The creatures, measurements and times in the books are unique with no description needed as to what they mean, although there is a glossary in the back if you want confirmation. Creatures like flits, which, from the brief description, you know are butterfly-like creatures and marsips which in my eyes, are rabbits or something similar.

The only problem I have found with the book is the length of time I have to wait until book three comes out. At the moment, that is looking like 2018. So you have plenty of time to grab the first two books and read them.

Exoneration is a must for any library of fantasy lovers.

Exoneration-Medium

Shadeward: Exoneration ………………… UK Paperback

Shadeward: Exoneration ………………… UK Kindle

Shadeward: Exoneration ………………… US Paperback

Shadeward: Exoneration ………………… US Kindle

Terry Made Me Think Of This

I was reading a blog post by Terry, and it made me think and parenthood. For those of us who are parents, we pay so much for our kids, but we never ask for any money back from them because it is what we do. We look after them, we nurture them, we love them, we sit with them during their nightmares, during their highs and their lows, their ups and downs.

It reminded me of this song.

Take a read of Terry’s post “Oh Come On And Shake A Leg