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500 creativity exercises

Prompt based fiction, from a book of 500 prompts.


A Dynast's Tears to Salt The Earth

part 19 of Threshold

Vossler lives. Balthier and Fran rescue him from Nalbina's depths, but the return to selfhood is not an easy path.

Tags   exile, class themes, betrayal, imperialism, alienation, 500 creativity exercises


Advancing

part 1 of Threshold

FFXII. Fran, origins. The Wood is not a sanctuary.

Style   drabble

Tags   betrayal, violence, 500 creativity exercises, coming of age, 2007-11

Relationships   family


Andante

part 3 of Threshold

FFXII. Gabranth's mother dies and he assumes a Judge Magister's mantle.

Style   third person, present tense

Tags   angst, imperialism, duty, 500 creativity exercises, coming of age, 2008-03


Another Cup Of?

part 2 of Common People

Now, before I forget, darlin', here's your prezzie, you love Milk Tray, I remember you do, don't you?

Genre   satire

Style   conversational

Tags   australian, gender themes, modern life, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


Atonement

part 23 of Threshold

FFXII. The beginning of the end. Ivalice changes; the trouble with time is that every passing year devalues itself as currency.

Style   present tense, drabble

Tags   dystopia, angst, aging, duty, 500 creativity exercises, 2009-10

Relationships   partnership, f/m, friendship, family


Beautiful People

Where the surface matters, but not how they thought it would.

Genre   romance

Style   third person, drabble

Tags   gender themes, aging, alternative lifestyle, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   f/m


Bliss

part 10 of Threshold

Basch and Fran. An oasis and an invitation.

Genre   romance

Style   third person, present tense, drabble

Tags   500 creativity exercises, xeno

Relationships   f/m


But Some of Her Best Friends are Bangaa!

part 13 of Threshold

FFXII. Vaan asks a personal question. Penelo's drunk enough to answer.

Style   drabble

Tags   500 creativity exercises, xeno, 2009-10


Can't Do It

part 8 of Common People

Still, she's never been much for others, my mother: at the time I didn't know if she realised her sister was actually on her deathbed, but now I'm starting to think she just had no sympathy for the situation.

Genre   realistic

Style   first person

Tags   australian, aging, post-migrant, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


Consideration

part 15 of Threshold

Balthier and Vossler. An angry tumble in the sand.

Tags   sex, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   m/m


Creativity Exercise

we have run long and away we three from the mountain always standing still

Genre   realistic

Style   stream of consciousness

Tags   australian, angst, modern life, 500 creativity exercises


Deceive Thee So Often As Thyself

part 6 of Imperial LaGatta

A son follows his freedom. His father's obsession turns damaging.

Genre   fantasy, slash

Style   third person

Tags   exile, consent issues, incest, 500 creativity exercises, fantasies

Relationships   m/m


Depthless

part 5 of Common People

Three hundred and sixty degrees she turned, and as if trapped in an early version of a three dimensional gamer's world, she turned and turned and only saw her face. She had no sides, no curves but for the hourglass defining her.

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, third person

Tags   australian, gender themes, post-migrant, 500 creativity exercises, 2010-01

Relationships   f/m


Doctor Doctor

FFVII / FFIX crossover. General Beatrix is a SOLDIER, Doctor Lucrecia runs the experiments.

Genre   horror

Style   third person

Tags   gender themes, military, 500 creativity exercises, body horror, 2010-01

Relationships   f/f


Down in Lowtown

part 11 of Threshold

FFXII. Vossler the monarchist (sort of), suddenly learning the difference between country and crown.

Style   third person, drabble

Tags   imperialism, 500 creativity exercises, 2009-02


Establishment

part 14 of The Modern Hero

there was a name he could remember, but not one he could articulate

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, third person

Tags   aging, 500 creativity exercises


For Love of Battle

part 4 of Threshold

FFXII. Ffamran and Fran, Basch and Vossler, Ffamran and Cidolphus. Three interludes, and the methodologies of freedom.

Style   third person, present tense, drabble

Tags   steampunk, alienation, 500 creativity exercises, coming of age, 2009-08

Relationships   partnership, friendship, family


Futility

Paradox duly avoided, I painted until I found myself a bit peckish, and stopped for lunch.

Genre   science fiction

Style   first person

Tags   the absurd, 500 creativity exercises


Greener

Wear your corporate success proudly, sweetheart; collars and cuffs synonyms for platinum-class shackles.

Genre   realistic

Style   drabble, stream of consciousness, second person

Tags   modern life, 500 creativity exercises


In The Ring, We Are Gods

Antoni arched his back, did as the irony scripted across his chest demanded, and thrust his pecs forward.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   wrestlers, crossdressing, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   partnership, f/m, m/m


Inconclusive

part 19 of Common People

However searing the sun, space was never a glorious frontier.

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch

Tags   australian, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


It Would Have Brought You To Your Knees

History of the Runestaff. Hawkmoon and D'Averc. The architect that Jehamia spoke of was a Frenchman, not a Boar.

Style   third person

Tags   angst, 500 creativity exercises, 2010-01

Relationships   friendship


Maneaters

Exiled lions find companionship with each other and eat some humans.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   500 creativity exercises, 2011-02

Relationships   friendship


Mistaken

FFVII. f!Vincent (genderbent) and Lucretia. For the prompt 'Betrayal - Lucrecia had just been using Vincent to get to Hojo.'

Genre   horror

Style   third person

Tags   betrayal, gender themes, supernatural, duty, 500 creativity exercises, genderbent, body horror, 2010-01

Relationships   f/f


Out of Step

part 2 of Threshold

FFXII. Cidolphus and his wife. The day she leaves him behind.

Style   third person

Tags   exile, imperialism, breakup, 500 creativity exercises, 2010-06

Relationships   f/m


Paean of the Princess

Oh my god! I can feel it!

Genre   satire

Style   first person

Tags   modern life, 500 creativity exercises


Pantomime

part 18 of Common People

On the sofa, their commentary faces forwards, as though the television is their audience, and their life is a kind of inverted pantomime.

Genre   realistic

Style   third person

Tags   australian, suburban, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   f/m


Persecute This, Van Helsing

'It's--It's really quite difficult, saying this out loud--Well, it's Dracula, you see. I have my suspicions--about what he is.'

Genre   satire

Style   third person, parody

Tags   undead, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   m/m


Prayer

part 16 of Threshold

FFXII. Basch and Ashe. After Shiva's fall, Ashe forces the point.

Tags   class themes, duty, 500 creativity exercises, 2008-06

Relationships   f/m


Reciprocation

part 7 of Threshold

FFXII. Balthier and Fran. A mutually negotiated endeavor and satisfactory outcome for all.

Style   drabble

Tags   age difference, 500 creativity exercises, fantasies, xeno, 2009-07

Relationships   partnership, f/m


Relative Level

Despite the town's declaration of neutrality, I have been assigned two guards. In respect to my position, they are both female.

Genre   fantasy

Style   first person

Tags   gender themes, consent issues, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   f/m


Stars In Your Pocket Like You Picked Them Up And Put Them There

This is your day, and it is not a day for thrift-shop trousers no matter how shiny they seem under starlight.

Genre   slash

Style   stream of consciousness, second person

Tags   scene, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   m/m


Tender

part 9 of Threshold

FFXII. Egg filled bug bites in Rabanstre's sewers. A competent Vossler turns Ashelia on; an Ashe who needs his help turns Vossler on.

Style   third person, present tense

Tags   kink, angst, age difference, 500 creativity exercises, fantasies, 2012-03

Relationships   f/m


The Arlathan Android

Dragon Age II AU - concept sketch. Fenris and Merrill, where the mysterious lost power of Arthalan is high powered biotechnology.

Genre   science fiction, romance

Style   third person

Tags   500 creativity exercises, 2014-04

Relationships   f/m


Threshold

part 6 of Threshold

FFXII. Ffamran meets Fran, as well as the rest of the YPA.

Style   drabble

Tags   steampunk, 500 creativity exercises, 2009-11

Relationships   friendship


Too Much Head

part 7 of Common People

When I visited Over There, it had been forty two years since I left. Every second question was 'why aren't you married'. Gone forty two years and there's no 'how are you, what do you do, tell us about your life!' No, it's all, 'where's your husband? Where's your boyfriend? Why aren't you married?'

Genre   realistic

Style   first person

Tags   australian, gender themes, post-migrant, 500 creativity exercises

Relationships   family


Transplant

Hard-pressed to admit affection for anything, He liked this job specifically for the conversational opportunities, having pretensions above those of His friends (He did strive to keep Himself the largest fish in His social pond).

Genre   satire

Style   third person

Tags   gender themes, age difference, modern life, 500 creativity exercises


Trust

part 21 of Threshold

FFXII, Balthier and Fran. Do we call this kidfic?

Genre   romance

Style   present tense, drabble

Tags   angst, aging, 500 creativity exercises, parenthood, 2009-06

Relationships   f/m, family


Unconditional

part 5 of Imperial LaGatta

Miserable while witnessing his nation's surrender, a Diviny honour guard finds a LaGattan soldier with the strength to make him submit, and the skill to make him enjoy it.

Genre   fantasy, slash

Style   third person

Tags   kink, angst, sex, imperialism, wrestlers, soldiers, 500 creativity exercises, fantasies, 2009-11

Relationships   m/m


Within and Without

part 6 of Common People

Her mother could not find a photographer. No one sits at the bridal table. Beloved's friends are not by her side.

Genre   realistic

Style   sketch, third person

Tags   australian, consent issues, 500 creativity exercises, alcohol

Relationships   family