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Flash Fiction – Me and My Shadow October 7, 2011

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Loki caught a glimpse of someone creeping up on him out of the corner of his eye. He kept moving, his saber sweeping through the fluid motions of the sword drills he practiced every morning. A twig snapped, and the figure hesitated, but came closer again when he did not react. He flicked the blade up in a high guard, and caught another glimpse of a small figure mimicking his stance, standing a few feet behind him.

Loki grinned as he recognized who it was. He swung the saber around and down, slowing his movements to make them easier to follow. His shadow mimicked them almost perfectly.

Jinn was the youngest of the fire nomads they had rescued from the New Dawn cultists. He snuck out here every day, fascinated as all little boys are by swords. But this was the first time he had gotten the courage to join Loki in his workout. He hadn’t said a word since being set free, but Loki took this move as a good sign that he was starting to recover from his ordeal.

The two of them went on like that, mirror images of each other, the fiery saber and willow switch whistling through the cool morning air. Finally, Loki spun on his heel to face the boy and brought his sword up in a salute.  Jinn copied the move, the whippy willow twig flopping back and forth in front of his face.  Part of the end had broken off, and hung by a thin strip of bark.

“Well, that won’t do,” Loki said, careful to hide the laughter bubbling up in his chest. “Here, let me see your sword.”  He took the switch and held out as if checking for kinks or nicks in a real blade. The broken piece fell off. “No, that won’t do at all. Hmmm, what does this need…I know, how about a little fire? Can you light the end of it?”

Jinn looked down at his toes and shook his head.

“Would you like me to show you how?” he said, and handed the switch back.

Jinn nodded his head so vigorously Loki thought it was going to fall off.  This time he couldn’t suppress a chuckle.  “All right, hold your sword out at arms’ length. Now, the key to Fire is knowing that it flows from the heart,” Loki said. He stood up, and drew a line of fire in the air in front of Jinn, from his chest, across his shoulder and down along his arm to his hand.  “Follow that path. Let the energy flow, don’t force it.”

Jinn scrunched his face up in concentration, his tongue sticking out of the corner of his mouth.

Loki held his breath, hoping that the torment Jinn suffered in the New Dawn prisons hadn’t damaged his ability to channel Fire.  Jinn made an impatient noise, and then POP!  The broken end of the stick burst into flames.

Loki clapped him on the shoulder.  “Well done!  Now, I want you to go practice lighting that and putting it out, okay? Once you have that down pat, I’ll teach you some new tricks.”

Jinn nodded again, and a big smile lit up his whole face.  He started to run off, but stopped, dropped the stick and ran back. He threw his arms around Loki’s waist and gave him a hug. “Thank-you-mister-dragon,” he said, the words tumbling out in a jumble. Then he ran off, scooping up the stick and waving it around like a holiday sparkler.

Loki laughed so hard his sides hurt.  “Mister dragon.  I think I like that better than Lord Dragon. I wonder if they’ll let me change my title?” He shook his head. “No, probably not.”  He took a breath to compose himself and re-formed the saber out of living flame. Then he picked up his sword drills where he had left off, only this time at full speed, and with a smile on his face.


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This flashfic is part of an ongoing web serial, updated every week as a part of #fridayflash on twitter.  If you are new to Nox and Grimm, you can Click Here to read from the beginning.

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Comments»

1. ganymeder - October 8, 2011

Aw, I like this one. Sweet.

techtigger - October 11, 2011

Thanks! every so often I need to take a break from writing all the drama 🙂

2. Julie (Okami) - October 8, 2011

Wonderful – you are doing Loki proud, he really is a likeable guy

techtigger - October 11, 2011

yeah, he’s definately one of the good ones 🙂 this wasn’t entirely random though, there’s a story behind it, coming up in few weeks 😀

3. Helen - October 9, 2011

Nice story, it feels like it is part of something bigger, judging by the comment above me it sounds like you’ve written about this character before. I could certainly see this as a serial or even developed into a novel. It has that potential.

techtigger - October 11, 2011

Thanks! Yes, it is part of an on-going serial. Check out the Flash Fiction tab, and you can read it from the beginning 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it, Loki is a fun character to write.


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