Saturday, October 4, 2014

Flash! Friday–Vol 2 – 41: Optimism Rei(g)ned

September 19, 2014

I loved this Flash Friday! prompt. Very, very much. 
The Merlin wheels started turning in my head immediately. 
Every Friday our challenge is to craft a 150-word story (10-word leeway) based on the photo prompt. We must also incorporate a specific word or topic.  This week's special element was "include a marriage proposal." This week's photo prompt was:

Krak des Chevaliers/Qalat al-Hosn, Syria. CC photo by Jon Martin.

Optimism Rei(g)ned
(158 words)
“King Arthur will return to save the people,” the prophesy had predicted.
Yeah, right.
How those few words had energized, encouraged, and sustained me for years upon endless years—like a long-promised marriage proposal that never materialized. I’d trekked long and terrible miles in war-torn and soul-broken cities, searching for the catalyst, for that convergence of earth-shattering events mighty enough to re-awaken him from eternal slumber.
I’d walked among the wounded, helping and healing along the way, positive that the power of their anguish and pain would beckon him back.
I’d forayed into famine-stricken lands, bringing sustenance and words of hope, assuring people that Arthur’s arrival was imminent.
I’d mediated the divide between peoples, despairing that political differences could create such cruel hearts. This, certainly, would summon him.
Not a chance.
I’ve grown tired. Immortality really sucks. I should keep searching—perhaps visit the scene of some new Hell-on-Earth horror?
Nah, I’m good here. Nice view.
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