Friday, February 10, 2012

Feeling Emotional?

How are all my favorite people this morning? I want to give you a quick warning, that I won't be hopping around blogs until Sunday. Sad, I know! It's going to be hard to wait that, but I'll be at the LTUE conference for the next couple days. (Don't worry - I'll tell you all about it!)

Now... on to more important things. It is the final day of the "I'm Hearing Voices" Character Blogfest, hosted by the lovely Cassie Cook & Angela Cothran! A quick shout out to these ladies for putting together such a fabulous FEST! It has helped me a ton with my characters, and I've had a lot of fun reading other posts and making new friends!

Today's challenge is to write a 250 word flash fiction to make the reader "Feel" whichever emotion you are trying to evoke.
*Note: I have had a HARD time deciding which "emotional" part to share for today. If you know me, I like to go against the norm, but... I really had to introduce you to Clovis. So check it out.---(BTW - Skye is the one speaking.)
Meet Clovis! (source)

We walked in silence behind Clovis’ silhouette, not knowing what to say to such a fearsome creature. Clovis made a sudden stop and put his hand up, signaling for us to do the same. I heard a small noise, but I couldn’t place it. Grabbing Logan’s forearm, we both searched the area, trying to identify the noise. Clovis raised his trident and my eyes grew large. Logan grabbed my arm and we backed against the wall.
With a quick swoop, Clovis made vicious stab at the ceiling, the sound of metal and rock colliding. Logan’s muscles tensed around my waist. Clovis moved the trident into the faint light of the tunnel showing a black furry ball on the end of one prong.
“Bats," he said.
Bats? Oh my gosh he just speared a bat! Apparently Harvok’s didn’t like bats in their caves.
Clovis pulled the twitching creature off the trident and shoved it in his mouth. A loud crunch followed and my mouth dropped.
“Bats goods,” Clovis said.
My nails dug into Logan’s arm but he didn’t seem to notice. His eyes were like giant orbs when we looked at each other. “I think I’m sick,” he said. All I could do was nod in agreement.

So, what did you think? What did you feel?
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Miranda Hardy said...

Goodness. I felt fear and then disgust. Great job.

Enjoy the conference. So jealous.

Mark Koopmans said...

Have fun at the conference.. you sound excited, just make sure you remember which name to use when self-introducing:)

I felt gross at the eating the bat part and I think Harvoks are cool :)

Kyra Lennon said...

Like Miranda, I felt fear and then disgust too. The fear was very strong, and you created great suspense, making me wonder what Clovis was going to do next!

Tara Tyler said...

apprehension, not quite fear, but worried about what might happen. great scene!

i'm jelous of your conf, have fun for me!

and have a hearts & flowers weekend!

Cristina said...

Every time I read a little more of your story I fall deeper in love!!!

Am I the only one that thinks this Clovis thing is kinda cute? I do.

L.G.Smith said...

Mmmm, bats. Clovis is kind of a sort of disgusting way.

Have fun at your conference.

inluvwithwords said...

I felt suspense, apprehension, and then finally, I was grossed out.

Nicely done, Abby.

Can't wait to hear about the conference!

Danielle B. said...

I think I'm gonna be sick. Eeewwww! Clovis reminds me of Dobby but uglier. I bet he's cute in his own way. LOVE this!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Bats! Ugh. However, I love the way this scene is set up. Very well done.

Have fun at the conference - super jealous!

RachelMaryBean said...

*shiver* That should have come with a warning! Good job!

Cassie Mae said...

Holy gag! Still gagging. Can't comment through the bile that wants to emerge from my tummy.

Ya, great descriptions and...


prerna pickett said...

awesome job! Totally creepy.

Clare said...

This was excellent.

I especially loved this exchange:

“Bats," he said.
Bats? Oh my gosh he just speared a bat! Apparently Harvok’s didn’t like bats in their caves.
Clovis pulled the twitching creature off the trident and shoved it in his mouth. A loud crunch followed and my mouth dropped.
“Bats goods,” Clovis said.

That gave me a giggle.

I'm sure I should be creeped out by Clovis, but I find things like this fascinating.

You done wonderfully at describing dark and creepy.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

It reminds me of that time Ozzy Osbourne bit into a bat that fell on stage. He had to get rabies shots. And it's very well written of course :)

Angela Cothran said...

Started off feeling a little worried about what they were walking into...then, EWW! Gross! Well done :)

Emily R. King said...

Yuck! I'm totally disgusted. Nice, Leigh. Very nice.

Samantha said...

I just threw up a little.

Nice job Leigh!


Lara Schiffbauer said...

I was thinking revulsion. Definitely pursed my lips together in revulsion.

Dianne Gardner said...

OH gosh, did you paint Clovis! He's fantastic and I can so see him in a book! I loved this scene, tho the bat eating was a little repulsive. Good job.

Ashley Nixon said...

Clovis is such a great name for him! Loved the "He just speared a bat!" LOL. I was definitely nervous for a minute! I had no idea what the noise was!

Sarah said...

Urgh. Goosebumps and revulsion. You've defiantly made me feel today! Still, he seems like such an amazing character, and Clovis... where did you get that name? It suits... him/it really well!

Jenny S. Morris said...

Yucko! But Love THIS!

The Golden Eagle said...

I felt nervous for the characters, and then disturbed that he'd eat something just like that . . . blech.

Great piece. :)

Sara said...

I felt the fear, and the suspense and then the disgust. Very cool character. I want to know more about Clovis and what he is.

Jennifer Lee Young said...

I loved your excerpt Leigh! I was NOT expecting him to eat that bat, lol. Great job girl!!!

Lyla said...

Haha reading the exchange Clare pointed out made me say, "eewwww" out loud. I can't help but feel sorry for the poor creature. :( Great job!

Cortney Pearson said...

Ew, I definitely felt queasy on that one! Great dialogue in there too. Nice writing!

Kelley said...

Love this. I love everything about your story :) So good you are!! :)

And Clovis...I love Clovis :) Great pic of him btw!

Patricia T. said...

Felt a lot of emotion. And, you did a great job of showing. Your story was very good.

Jade Hart said...

OMG Leigh that was gross :) Spearing and eating a Bat?! how did you come up with this stuff :)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I felt disgust, but I admit I was a little amused :) "Bats goods!"

Carol Kilgore said...

Emotion definitely is there :)

Sarah Pearson said...

I love the way you built up the creepy and ended with the gross :-)

Anonymous said...

There was a mixture of uncertainty and disgust. It'd be neat to know what the rest of the story is about.

Trisha said...

Definitely fear, and tension, and suspense...and then 'grossness' haha. I see that grossness has been mentioned in some other comments too. ;) Great flash piece, Leigh!

Hope Roberson said...

Disgusting :) I love your characters!

Leslie Rose said...

Visceral creep factor. Nice.

Donna Hole said...

LOL; distrust, fear, and disgust. A great combination for a scene like this. Clovis sounds exciting and repulsive both. My kind of character :)

Sorry I'm so late getting around to all the blogfest participants.


eva fhadilah said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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