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As the oceans receded, we abandoned all but one another, leaving our homes, our art, our histories behind that marked our existence.

Land dwellers who had once thought us myth began to seek us out and we found ourselves caught in civil strife for the first time, for there were those of us who fell in love, and those who fell into a very different emotion.

~Emmi


Image by Tatiana Kirgetova
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Imagine stumbling across a place that held proof of a people never before known and then meeting and falling in love with one of those people. That is how I envisioned this story going forward.

What would your two line story be?

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A Vet’s Calling

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All the resentment I’d let turn me bitter would fade at the sight of him mired in work.

The contentment, the pure bliss he found in caring for their pudgy, scaly hides made me reevaluate my choices, consider perhaps I didn’t need to argue or fight any longer, just…let it all go.

~Emmi


Image by Rudy Siswanto
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I imagine some bad boy’s reform once he finds the man who can show him a different side of life. Like the smile you give to absolute strangers that might just brighten their day a little bit, except more…and better! :)

What would your two line story be?

Unyielding Faith (2 of 2)

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Belief had a crazed effect on him, making him dogmatic, incapable of change and impatient of any who disagreed.

Finding proof of his gods, at least what he considered proof, turned him into a merciless monster, much like the creatures he revered.

~Emmi


Image by Gaelle Seguillon


I envisioned this story (part one here) as two stories as told from the perspective of the man who loves him, though I guess I never explicitly state that.

What would your two line story be?

Immune to the Cold (1 of 2)

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Men pushed to the snow wastes resented their exile, but those who grew up there, they flourished, rising up to control the heathens, to enforce order, and even, in the darkest of times, to create religion to give the hopeless a last straw to grasp.

His was a harsh one, the Drokonans worshiping the blood-eyed creatures who were believed to live under the drifts, a frosty threat overtaking man, animal and all those between.

~Emmi


Image by sandara (DeviantArt)


A manly picture for viewing pleasure :)

This one just seemed to join with next week’s so I put them together as a two-parter, though I guess they could technically be read separately.

They have that snowy, wintry feeling and since it’s still cold, they seemed fitting.

What would your two line story be?

A Bridge Only Words Can Cross

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I sifted through tomes, both modern and ancient, searching through words, through glyphs, through sounds nonsensical to me until I found a book that he grasped tightly, refusing to release.

Armed then with his language, I could finally begin the far more magical journey of learning who he truly was.

~Emmi


Image by Masahiro Sawada;
The image is the Eighth down on the page
– of the floating library.


I wish I had a library comparable to this! As do most readers, I’d presume XD For this story, I imagined the library as a place that housed every book ever written, in every language, whether put to paper or not.

What would your two line story be?

When the Undead Dream

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Dawn came too soon in this land; he would have to find shelter, and quickly.

But not before he caught a first glimpse of a house only described to him in dreams, where dwelled a man his opposite in all things, the one who might complete him.

~Emmi


Image by Matthew Sellers
(Click to see the image that goes with the story)


This picture made me think of an undead rider, so that was the direction I ran in. Figure even after death he might have hopes and dreams and even the possibility of love :)

What would your two line story be?

Fool Me Thrice

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“I’d thought this time it’d be different: he’d turned down the job move, cut back his hours, yet here I am, once more sharing a cig with the level’s barge rat.”

“In my world, when a rat will not come home, there ceases to exist a home to come back to.”

~Emmi


Image by Alex Andreev


Bit of advice on some love life issues, as told by the resident barge rat. Think there’s probably a lot here you could use for pretty much any kind of story, but I liked the idea of relationship growing beyond its limit.

What would your two line story be? :)

All Who Wander

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He was called often to rescue the fools who wandered too far into the Brotshire’s acid swamps.

It took five trips traversed through narrow passages of wind-sheared air before he realized that this particular man had been losing himself on purpose in order to gain his attention.

~Emmi


Image by sandara (DeviantArt)


This was actually the first of the two liners I wrote. The POV man is supposed to be riding the beast, though I don’t explicitly state that, and I envisioned the two of them shaking their heads at ‘foreigners’ who keep wandering into danger XD

But, hey, they probably get paid! Especially this time around ;)

What would your two line story be for this fae/nightmare-crossed beast?

They Never Returned Whole

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“Containment crew report to Dock 102 for retrieval. All other personnel must leave the area immediately due to contamination possibility.”

I snuck into the observation deck, hands leaving sweaty marks against the glass. It had to be him. He had to be safe, returned to me.

~Emmi


Image by Dave Jones


The original picture I used for this story ended up being removed by the artist, so I chose another image that had a similar tone and setup to it. I also cheated on this one a little by using four lines instead of two. Because, because XD

I challenge myself to create both a romantic and a fantastical element for each story, so needed a bit extra to make this so.

What would your two (or four!) liner story be?

Wish Wings

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Choose a path, but be warned: they do not sleep, they do not eat, they do not waver.

Yet if you prove worthy, they will grant your request, as self-serving and immoral it might be to force a desire on a man who loves you not.

~Emmi


Image by Dallas-William (DeviantArt)


I admit, when I first looked at this image, I thought the figure was male. In my defense, it was a smaller size, more thumbnail I think, and on my phone. But my micro story works, male or female ;)

If you were to write a 2-Line Story, what would it be?