Gaharalil

A turtle of great renown receives a great gift, and with that gift, a terrible burden no other turtle has ever known.

Music: “Dwarven Settlement” by Benjamin Carr

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Video Description: “Gaharalil” Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. “Dwarven Settlement” by Benjamin Carr. Digital drawing. A turtle seen in left profile facing left, resting on a patch of green earth at the edge of a body of a water. The forelimbs are visible. The turtle’s mouth is open wide. Bunches of purple flowers with five petals surround the turtle. The sky is bright and bare of clouds. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mythology,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A turtle of great renown receives a great gift, and with that gift, a terrible burden no other turtle has ever known.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “When Gaharalil slipped into the water, he was seized by a sensation.  It rippled across the surface of his body, his skin.  The spark of sensation bolted through his skin to his muscles, his belly, his heart.  It flooded him with joy.  It raised him up like a cresting wave.  He floated in the sensation to the water’s surface and beyond, up into the heavens, where the stars dwelt and all was wonder.” Animations present: The text ripples in the sentence with the word “rippled.” Colorful lightning bolts appear behind the sentence with the word “bolted.” Waves rise up in the bottom left corner when the sentence with the word “wave” appears. Finally, a band of crumbling color appears and fades behind the last words. Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs and darkens, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”



Welcome to 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

The Wheel of Fiction landed on Elements.  I started with a “what if?” about the sense of touch. What if I write another myth or maybe a combo of myth and fable about a being—an animal who could feel extreme pain when they touched anything with one appendage, and extreme pleasure when they touched anything with the other?  No other being experienced anything in the sensation of touch, so much so that there was no designation for it, no word “touch.” So by the end of the story, this being attempts to get some relief from both sensations by spreading it out through the world. The story changed from this initial premise in significant ways as I wrote it, but the basic elements are there. (See what I did there?  Elements.)

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Video Description: Duration, 7 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, Music, Challenge, Draw!!!, Traveler. The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction V4” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” Below that is a label on left, “Spin date: 9/8/22,” and a label at right, “Story: 9/11/22.” 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 ELEMENTS. As the wheel stops spinning, a cartoon turtle appears at bottom center right. Rippling blue rings appear over the turtle’s center. Then a bolt of lightning appears from the center of the wheel and strikes the turtle’s shell.


Genre: Fable, Mythology
Tags: Absent OnesBurdenEldersGaharalilGiftPainPleasureShareSparrowTouchTurtle


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