Keeping the Balance

Prompt: change by in_the_blue. 100 Word Stories

Writing can be like stone soup. You have a story simmering on the burner in a great pot and you throw in this and that and whatever you have in your pantry and wait until something comes together. This is another ‘something’ for the “Hunt the Mists” pot. Here’s to you, in_the_blue, for wanting more.

Liana Mir

Liana Mir reads, writes, and wrangles the muses from her mundane home in the Colorado Rockies and, occasionally, from the other side of the Barrier.

Series Listing

409 S

Hunt the Mists

409 W

Keeping the Balance

459 S

A Handsbreadth Light

461 S

Remembering Stories

489 S



Gone Hunting

496 AU

That is Something

509 W

Portrait of a Butterfly

510 S

To Dance with a Dragon

514 W

Crossing the Barrier

517 S

The Cloths of Heaven

517 S

The Way of the Hunt

519 S

Blood of Dragons

Story Within a Story

The Caller and the Dragon

Story Within a Story - 508

A Lady in the Dragon's Court

Story Within a Story - 510

How We Write Poetry

Story Within a Story - 517 W

A Letter to Fellow Historical Intern, Whom I Named Huerél

Keeping the Balance

In Vardin, change is a balance.

Serel shows his son the balance between change and guarding against change.

409 W
Vardin Science Fiction Fantasy
Flash Fiction Short Story

Winter was already bringing changes, a bite to the air, a snap to the branches the men broke passing under a rose-colored stone archway into Household Calai’s extensive gardens.

Change was a dangerous thing, but fundamental to the guardians of Vardin. Bryn’s father, Serel, stood patriarch, a hard man because he had no choice. His blood was change from the plain householders they protected; his guard was against such.

Bryn watched him pluck the leaves that could kill a man or make a guardian.

“Should we burn the kahtchen plant? Destroy it?” Serel shook his head. “Only for the plain.”


Vardin Science Fiction Fantasy

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