Sweet Invitation #1LinerWeds

It’s January 1, which begins a new year of monthly Hot Flashes (tiny little stories, around 150 characters long. Nobody even attempted to guess my theme for 2019, so nobody won the prize. Meh.

One of the funnest things about a Christmas party is getting to play with other people’s toys. We got to play Skyrim with a virtual reality headset! Um, the headset immersed one in virtual reality, I mean; the headset, itself, was really really real.


So I played, and a Rodent of Unusual Size attacked me, and I was saved by my creepy companion, Lydia, whose resting bitch face is an armed crouch.

Then the amazing Sara Marian played, and she chased down a dragon, killed it, and ate its soul!

What did she say, as she chased the dragon?

C’mere, I wanna pet you with my sword!

She did, too.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about playing with someone else’s cherished toy or using someone else’s valued object.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Sweet Invitation #1LinerWeds

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      Marian Allen

      January 2, 2020 at 7:45am

      “Cute.” That’s the first time my brain has ever been called cute. Lazy, yes. Not right, yes. But never cute. lol

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  1. Holly Jahangiri

    January 4, 2020 at 9:59am

    That’s pretty badass. I had to get my son to get me past the dragon the few times I played. Might’ve helped if I’d figured out how to move at all – or had a VR headset. I was fricasseed and burnt on my own sword several times before I just gave up. I move more gracefully in Second Life than I do in Skyrim. (I’m an old thing that prefers the text based RPGs, gratified that tabletop gaming is still alive and well and even flourishing in shops around here.)

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      Marian Allen

      January 4, 2020 at 10:00am

      I can’t do Second Life. Too many people. If I wanted a full social life, I’d leave the house.

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        • Holly Jahangiri

          January 4, 2020 at 12:36pm

          Mind you, I haven’t been there in so long I’m not sure I could log in and I’ve probably lost the lovely hair and clothing and look like an escapee from the landing zone, but Milkwood’s lovely, even if you just wander around or sit under a tree and daydream a while.

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            Marian Allen

            January 4, 2020 at 2:54pm

            I have trees here. Of course, our trees have damp ground and insects and the occasional snake, but we got ’em! 😉

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  2. Holly Jahangiri

    January 4, 2020 at 11:45am

    Oh, by the way, I mastered the damned rodents. Probably the only thing in that game I can do, competently, on my own. My son was appalled at how I bashed their little beady brains in, and continued bashing, long after they were dead. Hey, I’ve seen those movies. I’ve written the horror stories. I’ve designed online RPGs. Those tunnel rats were NOT going to get up and come after me as zombies!!!

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      Marian Allen

      January 4, 2020 at 2:53pm

      LOL! I like puzzles, not battles. I was happy to have the creepy companion Lydia dispatch the rodent.

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