A Realm Without Rain

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A visitor from another realm encounters an overwhelming and mysterious phenomenon that bears further investigation, rain.

Music: “Mystical Forest” by Benjamin Carr


[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. Music: “Mystical Forest” by Benjamin Carr. Digital drawing. Silhouette of a hooded figure seen from the back and from waist up, standing in front of a large window with twelve panes. Two glowing translucent wings, delicate like a fly’s, emerge from the figure’s back. The window is framed with dark fuzzy curtains. Outside, gray clouds loom overhead. A few spots of light and hazy shapes are visible past a haze of rain, falling at an angle. A few drops and trickles of water appear on the window glass. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “‘When I was young, my mother told me a story about the rain. I was afraid of it, you see. And what she told me didn’t help much with that.’ ‘What did she say?’ ‘There are great beings who live in the sky. When enough of these beings weep, their tears fall to the earth as rain.’” The title reappears at top just before the last line appears. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]


This story is from Year 9 of Storyfeather

Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. This year, I will turn the Wheel of Fiction to help me decide what to write. There are thirteen spokes on this wheel. Eight are occupied by the eight themes from the previous years of stories. One is a prompt to turn the wheel again. One is a wildcard (hmm…curious). And three are covered only in question marks. I suppose I’ll find out what’s beneath those questions as we go along.

Welcome to the WHEEL OF FICTION

I spun the wheel and it landed on Turn Again. On the second turn, it landed on ELEMENTS, which can mean the basic elements from myth, legend, and alchemy, or the elements from the periodic table, and I’m even including the senses (sight, touch, etc.). I also chose to write a fairy tale (it’s been a while). The first thing that came to mind was rain. Keeping the genre in mind, I wondered how a being from a realm without rain would experience this phenomenon that’s so common for those of us in this realm.


[Video Description: Duration, 10 seconds. Choice wheel made on the Spin the Wheel application. Thirteen spokes or slices in various colors, labeled as follows, clockwise from the top: Objects of Power (the “of Power” is not visible), Prompts, Definitions, Turn Again, Elements, Creatures, S.T.E.A.M., Wildcard, Revisitation, (alternating question marks and apostrophes), Challenge, (alternating questions marks and asterisks), (question marks). The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” At top left corner is a flag icon labeled with the letter “F.” This represents a function of the application which interferes with true randomness by reducing the probability of receiving the same choice twice in a row. The wheel turns and lands on Turn Again. It turns again and lands on Elements.]


Genre: Fairy Tale
Tags: EXPLORERRAINSCOUTSOVEREIGNTHUNDERSTORMTRAVELER


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