Silent Defender

Posted: April 2, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Jamia crouched in the darkness of the coves, her eyes on the shoreline. The cliffs were pale and sheer, growing dark where they met the rising tide and brown where they met the sloping greenery. The water rippled, stirred by the raven-headed galleys darting towards the shore. On the benches, pale, fair-haired men in mail pulled at mighty oars.

Black Ravens, she thought. They are striking here. 

She signed to the man beside her, a grey-cloaked archer with a bow of yew and horn. Jamia had no voice, but her people obeyed her signs without question.

The archer nodded. “We move on your signal,” he whispered, making the lip movements clear so she could follow them.

Jamia watched the boats creep up to the shore and their occupants spill out like ants from an anthill, their swords gleaming in the sun. They laughed, already dreaming of their ravages.

She raised her fist.


And the bowstrings twanged, arrows darting through the morning air. The first wave of raiders dropped, their blood staining the waters.

Jamia raised her falcata and charged, her warriors close behind her.

The raiders would not find the easy victory they had hoped for that day.

Word Count: 199

This is for Sunday Photo Fiction!

  1. ceayr says:

    Full of blood and carnage, what’s not to like!

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  2. All gore. what a lore. well written.

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  3. I definitely enjoyed that story, great job!

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Atmospheric and action packed. Great stuff.

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  5. James says:

    Repel the Saxon hordes!

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  6. I love the action and imagery. You even managed to squeeze in a bit of character. Wonderful job in 200 words.

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  7. Veronica says:

    Lights, set — Action!!

    Thank you!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. […] For action moves on this see “Silent Defender.” […]


  9. Excellent! That beach is going to be running red by thte end of the day. reminds me of something from Braveheart or Rob Roy

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