The Vessel Vespertilian

In the alley behind the factory where they toil, two friends discover something that may lead to their salvation…or to their doom.

Music: “Holy Hymn (loop)” by Albert Fernandez

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 27 seconds. Music: “Holy Hymn (loop)” by Albert Fernandez. Digital drawing. A bat mostly resembling the pygmy round-eared bat, three-quarters view of head with mouth slightly open, seen from bent legs up.  The bat has two arms bent over his legs with a smooth membrane connecting the arms to his side. Behind these arms rise four pairs of membranous wings. They extend off frame. The bottom pair is watery and translucent. Next is a pair with rough earthen texture. Next is a flaming pair. And the last is luminous and wispy. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” lies over the image. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy” 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: “The statue was a depiction of a “vas vespertilio,” an idol carved specifically to be the vessel for containing fundamental powers, specifically the powers of the four elements. The ruby contained the power of fire. The sapphire contained the power of water. The emerald contained the power of earth. And the missing diamond had contained the power of air.” The title reappears at top just as the last line disappears. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]

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 PROMPTS.  I’ve been doing an art challenge I came across on IG called Creatuanary (Creatures in January). So to save myself from having to draw even more images this month, I’ve attempted to use any relevant image (that’s not already connected to an existing intellectual property) for my stories, assuming I don’t have to force anything.

The prompt I chose goes as follows: You find a bag in the street and take it home. What’s inside is totally unpredictable and has the ability to change your life. What is it?

I choose it because I started getting an idea for what might be inside that bag, for what could be more unpredictable than godly powers?

Source of prompt: A Writer’s Year: 365 Creative Writing Prompts

[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, (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.” Below that is the date of the spin, 1/8/2022. 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 PROMPTS. As it does, a cartoon bear spins out from the bottom of the wheel, sits there, and scribbles on a pad with a pencil.]

Genre: Fantasy, Mythology


Portal Button. Elongated rectangle with rings of colored light emanating from the center. Text appears over the rings, reading "Storyfeather Year 9" and below it in larger font, "Wheel of Fiction."

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