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Flash Fiction – 12 Hours Part 10 January 14, 2011

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This micro-fic is part of an ongoing web serial, which will be updated every hour today from noon till midnight, when the regular weekly #fridayflash gets posted.  If you are new to Nox and Grimm, you can Click Here to read from the beginning.


Nox sat cross-legged on the grass, her back to a tombstone.  A pile of tools and camping gear sat next to her, and she was tossing more bits out of her satchel. “No, no, useless, no.  A rubber ducky?” she said, holding up the offending article.  “Half of my workshop is stowed in here, and I still can’t find anything to use as a summoning jar.”  She put her head inside to look around. “What a mess! Remind me to clean this thing up later.”

Grimm was sprawled on the ground next to her, nosing through a thick tome titled ‘Tragan’s Laws of Energy Transfer’.   “I hate when you do that,” he rumbled.  “I keep waiting for the pocket portal to snap shut, with you still in it.”

“If the field was going to collapse, it would have done so weeks ago.”  She emerged with a party hat in her hand. “I know I didn’t pack this.”

“I thought we might want to celebrate later, so I tossed in a box of party decorations,” the hound said, his tail thumping on the ground.

“I appreciate the thought, but if I don’t find something to use as a summoning jar, there won’t be anything to celebrate.”

Grimm nudged the satchel. “Does it have to be a jar?”

“No, I don’t think so.” She ran a hand over the battered, travel stained bag.  Three years of research and half a year of extremely dangerous labor had gone into making it.  It was stable, secure, and was the centerpiece of her application to receive Master status in the artisans’ guild. With the way things were going, she would never have the time to make another one.  It was just a bag though, when all was said and done, and there were people depending on her.

She put the party hat on Grimm’s head and started tossing more junk out of it. “At least it’s already halfway empty.”

<– Back to 12 Hours Part 9 —  Continue to 12 Hours Part 11 –>

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1. Sam Adamson - January 14, 2011

A rubber ducky? A party hat? Hee hee! Use the bag, Nox, use the bag!

techtigger - January 14, 2011

no great work is completed without great sacrifice. But the prospect of a party after can help make it a little easier 🙂


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