There's a meme going around — a number of my friends have done it, and I've had fun giving people prompts, and really enjoyed the responses. I didn't figure on doing it myself, because when it comes to memes I'm terrible at getting back to people, and I'm in the middle of Clockwork Phoenix 4 slushpile crunchtime, but wirewalking poked me so I figured why not.
The meme goes like this:
Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I'll give you one sentence from that story.
The shape wrapped in the bloody membrane reminded me of a baby, with its glistening pink skin, but the arms and legs were too long, the head too small and shriveled, the mouth too wide.
I leaned closer. It's a monkey, I told myself. Has to be.
The thing twitched and emitted an eardrum-shredding howl.
You have a good memory, this one was way back in the closet. ;-p
She held the glass pot by its long handle and warmed it with a candle. I squinted at the solution within -- what I'd at first taken for colorful tea leaves resolved into an animate scene, a bluebird perched on a telephone pole, turning its sky-crowned head sideways to regard me with its black pearl eye.
"How are you--" I began, then tried again. "Will that--"
"Wait," she said.
The bird began its tur-a-lee tur-a-lee song, and the shrill syllables transmuted to an iridescent steam. She closed her eyes and breathed it in, then nodded to me to do the same.
As Yuri turned sadly to leave the library for good, the vents and vault door sealed of their own accord -- and at once she understood what those whispered responses must have meant. Every diverse set of syllables the same: Stay.
Edited at 2012-12-04 04:14 am (UTC)
How about the one you mentioned when we met for dinner?
You had noted the decor and stated that perhaps some of the dining patrons had met an ill fate and were now permanently on display as wall decor - you said it was perhaps a story idea.