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This follows my new tradition of publishing stories I wrote for Cracked Flash Fiction Competition. This story is from 4 June 2016. The prompt was: The sword fell out of her hand. It was over. This story won Honourable Mention.

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Blood Dawn

By Ronel Janse van Vuuren

The sword fell out of her hand. It was over.

Yuki couldn’t believe that she had failed. The katana gleamed in the dim light of dawn.

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Twenty-four flash fiction tales filled with folklore and mythology, creeping in on the edges of nightmares, and twisting around the various sub-genres of fantasy.

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When I read “sword”, every kind of sword and the world around it ran through my mind. I settled on the katana for various reasons. I really liked this story. To me, it felt like it could belong to any fantasy world. My favourite part is the first twist: the opponent not killing her and offering her a place in the Guild of Assassins. Perhaps my real favourite is the ending line… What did you think?


“Beginning today I will no longer worry about yesterday. It is in the past and the past will never change. Only I can change by choosing to do so.” – Penny Jacqueline White

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