Welcome back to Romance Writers Weekly!!! This week it is all about the Flash Fiction. Fiona Riplee http://fionariplee.com/blog would like us to give you 500 words or less using the following items: an empty parking lot, an abandoned SUV, and a Chihuahua sitting in the driver’s seat. I’m going to say this could get interesting J
So here it goes:
Erui Madison gripped the hilt of her sword a bit tighter. Why these particular demons chose to do combat in the abandoned parking lots that peppered this rundown little town was beyond her? Normally, she fought demons on their own turf, overgrown fields, old dilapidated buildings, and cemeteries seemed to be their favorite battlefields.
Her ears perked at the sound of children playing at the nearby park. Where were their parents? Didn’t they realize the danger they were potentially in? This band of demons seemed to attack more during the light of day than under the cover of darkness.
Making her way toward the playground, movement in a neglected SUV caught her attention. Damn demons, Erui thought as she clutched her sword a little more forceful. She glanced toward the children at play. None of them seemed to notice the potential danger that lurked just feet from where they frolicked.
“Humans,” she huffed.
Cautiously, she made her way toward the SUV, grouching low, sword ready, she came up the passenger side of the vehicle. Taking a deep breath, she gripped the door handle with her free hand, ready to strike with her sword hand.
Heart pounding, she ripped the door open.
“Yip.” The weakened bark of a tiny Chihuahua sitting in the driver’s seat brought an unsettled laugh from her throat.
Soon she was surrounded by children.
“Awe, can we pet it?” one little girl asked.
“We shouldn’t, it might have rabies,” an older boy chimed in.
Erui reached into the vehicle, scooping up the pup. “I think he’s okay, just a bit scared.”
She handed the little dog to the first girl, who eagerly clutched the trembling dog to her chest as the other four children surrounded her.
“You children shouldn’t be out here alone. Where are your parents?”
“They are preparing for the battle at sunset,” the older boy informed her.
“The battle at sunset?” Erui looked at the boy who could be no older than ten.
“Yes, the one where they return our leader to us.”
What an odd statement, considering it was these children’s parents who’d ask her to come here to save them from the evil that destroyed their streets.