The drabble challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by Aheila on her blog: http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com A reminder how it works: read the prompt and find your angle; write a drabble (100-word story, give or take 5 words); post a direct link to the drabble in your comments.


 She wore her cloak of independence, subtle and discreet, a mantle of protection draped around a bony frame; rather than an ostentatious display that would be observed by her fellow students.

An independence of thought that she had not expected of herself, had not known existed, until the moment of truth.

A singular one-minded pursuit of taboo questions, asked and unanswered, that challenged everything she had been taught about the human condition.

it proved to be dangerous, almost unnavigable, fraught with more twists and turns than a winding mountainous road, the unseen precipice lurking at the outer edge of this perilous journey.                                                                                                          


  1. Ryan on November 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    She’s bold, unassuming and inquisitive and she won’t let anything stop her. Very cool, M! Interesting.

    • mish on November 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Yes, bold is about correct… though she tries to conceal it… doesn’t want to draw unnecessary attention to herself. Definitely not letting anything stop her!

  2. The Golden Eagle on November 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I have to wonder what she'll discover!

    • mish on November 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      She’ll discover things about herself that will change her life!

  3. Guilie on November 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Oooooh, I like!  I like the rhythm of it, the hidden stuff in between the layers.  I read it once fast, then went back to dig out the rest.  Beautifully crafted!

    • mish on November 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you m’dear… *humble bow*. I am pleased that you enjoyed it.

  4. Ann on November 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    To have our thoughts and long held beliefs challenged can send a person scurrying about in a confused state for quite a while before emerging with a new and hopefully improved mindset.

    • mish on November 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Absolutely… freedom of thought is at once both liberating and frightening. Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment, Ann.

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