Twelve Days of Fast Fiction, Day 04: IT SHINES LIKE MUD

Posted: 16 December 2012 in 12DaysFF, fast fiction, fiction, Uncategorized, writing
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Greg Rucka, apart from being one of the genuinely nicest blokes I know, is a hell of a writer. Whether it’s his novels or his comics, he grabs hold of your brain from the first page and then refuses to let go. With his stories, you desperately want to know… what happens next.

Of course, before he entered the witness protection programme, he was known as Señorita Conchita Velasquez.

Title: It Shines Like Mud
Word: quillon
Challenger: Greg Rucka
Length: 200 words exactly

I was scared. It couldn’t be, could it?

The weapon lay in a large pool of clear liquid, glinting in the light thrown by the portable units erected around the site. The middle of the hilt was damaged; one quillon was snapped off, but the rest looked new, other than something dark and shiny covering the edge of the blade. Blood? No-one said it; no-one dared.

Generations of searching, and we’d found it.

A sudden burst of light: our backup. My boss almost ran to us, but of course, she didn’t. One-eighth normal gravity wouldn’t let her even if the bulky suit had allowed it.

She knelt by the side of the pool and slid a probe into the pool. The tip flashed twice, then twice again. Then again.

Water. Some slightly weird readings, sure, but it was water.

Ninety billion miles from home. She hadn’t even noticed the sword at first. To be fair, nor had we.

Then we were all laughing, and slapping each other on the back. We talked of colonies and new eras and… well, we talked.

Later, afterwards, someone nicknamed it The Conch. We should have just left the damned thing where we found it.

© Lee Barnett, 2012

This story is part of The Twelve Days of Fast Fiction (More information on the Twelve Days here)
Day 01: Why Can’t Reindeer Fly? – challenger: Neil Gaiman
Day 02: Around and Around Again – challenger: Wil Wheaton
Day 03: Hell Comes To Greenland – challenger: Jason Arnopp
Day 05: Frederick The Unopened Package – challenger: Amanda Palmer
Day 06: Under Hetty Pegler’s Tump – challenger: Warren Ellis
Day 07: The Impossible Box – challenger: Mitch Benn
Day 08: Away In A Manger – challenger: Tony Lee
Day 09: Typos and Typography – challenger: Kieron Gillen
Day10: Why Santa’s A Jerk – challenger: Ed Brubaker
Day 11: The Wrong Christmas Cookies – challenger: Matt Fraction
Day12: The Christmas That Wasn’t – challenger: Jamie McKelvie


“There are two hundred stories collected in this volume. They are funny, they are thoughtful, they are romantic, they are frightening. To me, though, they are more than entertaining. They are inspiring.” – Wil Wheaton, from his introduction to volume 2 of The Fast Fiction Challenge

Two volumes of The Fast Fiction Challenge, containing 180 stories in Volume 1 and a further 200 stories in Volume 2, are available from lulu.com, and in some countries on Amazon. ebooks available from the author; email for details.

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Comments
  1. And now I know what a quillon is.

    And some things of legend will just keep leap-frogging across the centuries…

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