100 Word Challenge – Week 51.2: Merciless Storm

It had come down to it at last.

At first, battle had been done simply with words and glares across the tables.  And then the incursions started. Minor pecks and skirmishes in the dawn, which quickly degenerated to outright warfare. Each side came at each other relentlessly, sparing no quarter and asking none.  In short order, allies, neighbors and even outright strangers were pulled into the sickening fray. Casualties were as beaten as they were numerous, until finally the line was drawn in bloody sand and the ambassadors summoned.

“Councilors, if there are no pending issues, then this divorce hearing will come to order.”


My second attempt for this week, and one that sadly holds a lot of personal weight to myself and many others. It was once said that “It is better to have love, then lost, then never to have loved at all.” Moments like this slap that saying right across its cheeks.

22 thoughts on “100 Word Challenge – Week 51.2: Merciless Storm

  1. Mayumi-H says:

    Mmh. I see what you meant about the darker realism with this one. From the first several lines, I thought you were going in the direction of a physical battlefield…which you are, in a way, though this one is somehow more damaging than the battlefield I was envisioning. Still, well done!

    Are you submitting these to the 100WCGU page? If not, no worries. But, if you are, you may want to link back, so folks can look at other entries.

  2. Picking between the two, I’d much rather be on the fields of Gettysburg or Stalingrad then that room.
    I didn’t quite have enough time to submit them when I posted them up. Honestly, I flipped a coin over which one I was going to use. Which now I think I will post both because I’m curious.

    Is that what you meant by linking back? Or did you mean like linking back to my main page here so others can see?

    • Mayumi-H says:

      I was curious about which one you were going to enter into Julia’s list. But I meant link back to the 100WCGU page, in your entry. You don’t need to use the graphic, but it might inspire visitors to your site to try the challenge, as well, if they know where it’s from/what it’s about. That’s how I started! 🙂

      • Good thinking! does it work like dA does in the HTML formatting, or is WordPress special?

      • Mayumi-H says:

        It’s the same HTML formatting, if you use the HTML box instead of the design box when you write or edit your posts.

        There are also those little “link” icons above the text window of your post that you can use. If you want to use them, copy the URL, then highlight the text you want to use as your link. Click the intact link icon (the one next to it is to sever a link) and paste the URL into the space provided. It will code the HTML for you, that way.

        Let me know if any of that is unclear. 🙂

        By the way, did you leave a comment for Fearless last night? It’s anonymous, but it “sounds” like you.

      • Very well then, I shall try this out.
        And yes, that last review is mine. In all the matters of inconvenient timing, I was timed out of my FictionPress login as I was writing it, so it posted as Guest. Silly technology ^^;

      • Mayumi-H says:

        Okay, thanks for confirming. 🙂 There’s no way to reply to anonymous reviews, as you know, but I did want to comment back on some of those points you made.

      • By all means. Feel free to PM me either there, here or on dA. Or I can give you my email address.

  3. Such a powerful description of what must be a truly painful and bloody time. Excellent work.

  4. ventahl says:

    Guess you’ve had your fair share of battles, let alone historical ones. Which is why this has so much heart to it. Seems like this prompt was made for you.

    • And perhaps in a way, it was. Guess I seem to have a flair for the more grim aspects of life, judging from the past two weeks.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my take, and thank you.

  5. Sandra says:

    Nice twist – so apt.

  6. Nicely done- divorce is indeed like a battlefront. Thankfully though time is a healer and I hope your wounds are healed.
    Powerful, heartfelt writing. Good job.

  7. Lynne Ayers says:

    I enjoyed this piece and did not see the divorce court coming. I am a survivor of this particular skirmish but was lucky it was very amicable all considering. At the time a friend told me, “There is life after divorce”, and lo and behold … it’s true!

    • Thank you very much! I’m glad you can relate, and did not have to be drug through the same shards as others. And you are quite right, there is life after that. It just needs to be seized.

  8. Selena says:

    Oh, the memories….Well done!

  9. Oh yes, I with you on this one, your writing conveys the emotions very well …I’m still awaiting closure on my battlefield, I hope you found yours and the wounds have healed!

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