Passions In Bloom

My journey to finding inspiration and happiness



Writing Prompt–Killing my Brother

WP: Make me sympathize with a man who killed his own brother.

Adam sank to his knees, shivering in the cold autumn breeze. He pressed his palms to his eyes, rubbing hard as if he could somehow scrub away the visions of fiery death and misery that danced through the air. Screams echoed down the narrow alley, bouncing from wall to wall until they reached the avenue beyond and escaped into the darkness. But no, that was just his imagination. The screams had stopped long ago.

He gritted his teeth and forced himself to stand, yelping slightly at the pain in his right shin. He was almost positive his leg was broken, but he considered himself lucky to have suffered nothing worse. I deserve to be dead.  Continue reading “Writing Prompt–Killing my Brother”


Writing Prompt–Universal Chaos

[WP] The total population is split between two universes. When someone dies in universe one, they are reborn into universe two, then back to one in a constant cycle. Universe one is becoming exponentially overpopulated.

I open my eyes, blinking in the blinding light streaming from the sky. Gosh, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Sun, I think. I must be back in Gallus. I stand up from my spreadeagled position on the ground, taking in my surroundings. I am all alone in a large cornfield, a breeze gently waving the tips of the stalks. A faint humming noise reaches my ears from the forest beyond, and in the distance I spy a long range of mountains. I decide to head for the forest to check out how the universe of Gallus has been since I was last here.

I dig through my memories, trying to sort out how I got here. The last thing I remember is waking roughly from a peaceful sleep, a pair of cold hands around my neck. I must have died. This is my first return to Gallus, so I suppose the universe is set to birth new members in a random spot, unlike Solon’s set of rules.  Continue reading “Writing Prompt–Universal Chaos”

Writing Prompt–How Do You Feel About the Color Red?

-How do you feel about the color red?

Actually, it has a lot of significance to me. When I was a kid, I discovered that my July birthday corresponded with the ruby gemstone and I became obsessed with rubies and the color red. My aunt gave me these beautiful ruby earrings for Christmas once and I swear I didn’t take them off for an entire year.

I was also very curious about religion at that age. My family wasn’t religious, but we had lots of books about different religions including a children’s bible, Greek mythology and Norse gods. I loved reading stories, so naturally I wanted to read all the tales, myths and legends that I could find.

I was also a superstitious child: I believed in the wish chip phenomenon. If you find a chip that is folded over so far it touches itself, you get to make a wish. And somehow, the concepts of religion and superstition blended together in my mind into one entity. In a way, I created my own sort of “god” that I believed my fate was controlled by. Her name was Courage, and she was represented by the color red.

Whenever I needed comforting or help with life, I would call on Courage to give me strength, which I now realize had a twofold meaning. One of my biggest dilemmas those days was that my two best friends, who were very possessive, each wanted me to themselves. So I would ask Courage to help me out with them. And what do you know–we grew up and the problems stopped. So maybe Courage really did lend me her strength 🙂

How do you feel about the color red? Got any crazy superstition stories? Please share!

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