Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Briefs

Welcome to the Wednesday Briefers flash group. The short stories have a maximum of a 1000 word count plus links at the bottom to the other flashers. The prompts for this week are:

Use: “As thick as London fog …”

or “Like oil and water …”

or “She ran in …”

Use: Pizza, peanut butter and kool-aid

or Lightning, blue sky and a chair

Use: The image of a dead tree

I’m using “As thick as London fog …”

                                                          All That He Desires #10

“Well, you got here faster than I thought you would. I had allotted at least another ten minutes before your arrival. Oh, I also stopped and got us something to eat. Your food is in the microwave so it would be kept warm. After we eat, we need to have a long talk, Jules.”

“Fuck.” Jules stared in shock at Anslee, who was sitting on his couch as pretty as you please.

The urge to run right back out the door must have shown on Jules’ face because Anslee raised an eyebrow. “Running will do no good, Jules. I’ll just hunt you down. There is nowhere on this planet you can hide from me. Now come in and eat.”

Jules slumped against the door frame, defeated. What the hell had he been thinking coming here? Of all the places Anslee was sure to check, home had to be high on the list. But what else was he going to do? Take off on foot with only the clothes on his back and no way to go? He had to have his car, at least. Maybe he should’ve hid out for a few days then come back here… and it didn’t matter anyway now. Maybe it hadn’t mattered at all. God, he felt thicker than London fog.

Jules shut the door behind him, the noise echoing through the room. Now, didn’t that sound final?

“How did you know I’d come here?” Jules stepped farther into the room.

                                                                       * * * *

Anslee watch his human edge closer. “It’s like everything else, Jules. You had a choice to make, and you made it. You could’ve run with nothing, but how well would that’ve worked? Or, you could’ve come here for what you considered important… then tried to run. Or… you could’ve not run at all. Either way, you had a choice, an opportunity, and you made a decision. And with any decision you make, you also have to deal with the consequences. As I told you before, for every action, there is a reaction.

“But how did you know?”

Anslee shrugged. “It stood to reason from what I’ve observed of human nature. You were scared and not thinking clearly. The need to “go home” or to seek a place you consider safe can be strong in some of your kind. Now, please, come in and sit down. You must be tired and hungry.”

“I was stupid in coming here.” Jules ran a hand through his hair, making it stand up in every direction.

Anslee patted the couch. “Honestly, it wouldn’t have mattered, Jules. I would’ve found you no matter where you went. You are mine and nothing will stand in my way of having you… including you.”

Jules dropped down on the couch, suddenly more tired than he had been in ages. “Why me?
Why did you offer that lotto ticket to me in the first place?”

Anslee stood. “I’ll get your food. Just rest while I reheat it. And Jules, don’t try to run again. I promise you… you won’t get five feet out of this apartment before I’m on you.”

Jules looked at Anslee, defiance shining in his eyes. “Really? I got away from you earlier.”

There was that spark he so admired in this human. “You got away because I let you. I wanted you to see that no matter where you go, I’ll come after you.”

“Have you any idea how arrogant that sounds?” Jules muttered, glaring.

Anslee’s soft laugh trailed behind him as he walked to the kitchen. “I suppose it does, from your standpoint, but I wasn’t trying to be arrogant.” Moments later he returned with the food. “Here. You asked me what attracted me to you. Simply put, that night I sensed your desperation as I drove by. That caught my attention first. That desperation, and the will to succeed no matter what.”

Jules picked at the food. “What do you mean?”

“Humans are forever struggling with things around them, trying to figure out what to do or what not to do… my kind finds that interesting.” Anslee returned to his place next to Jules on the couch.

“Jesus, you make us sound like rats in a maze—trying to figure out which way to go to get to the end.”

“Your words, not mine, Jules. Anyway, I sensed something was bothering the human—you—inside the service station, but I also sensed a driving need behind that desperation. I admire such a strong will—it glowed in you, Jules—that will to succeed, to not be beaten down by whatever was going on in your life. It was a beacon that drew me.”

“Lucky me.”

Anslee shook his head. That was exactly what he was talking about. “Your struggle might have been what caught my attention, but that drive is what made me decide to claim you. You are very strong, and you’ll need that well of strength to be a mate to one such as me.”

Jules put his food on the coffee table. “Well, goodie for you. You still don’t get it, do you? It’s all about you—what you noticed, what you wanted, what you decided to do. And meanwhile, me—poor little human that I am—is just expected to fall in line with all this. Like I said, arrogant.”

Anslee stared at Jules for a moment. He’d never thought about it that way—and would he? He’d never had a human stand up to him before. Interesting. Several minutes passed as he considered Jules’ words. “I will allow you may have a point.”

“You’ll ‘allow’, huh?” Jules’ eyes narrowed as anger crashed through him. “Allow this…”

Jules flipped Anslee the bird and stood up.

TBC. Don’t forget to check out the other briefers!


  1. “You’ll ‘allow’, huh?” Jules’ eyes narrowed as anger crashed through him. “Allow this…”

    Jules flipped Anslee the bird and stood up.

    Ahahaha! You tell him, Jules!

    Also, I think you wrote the wrong name here: Jules watch his human edge closer.

    This was a great chapter! Can't wait for more!

  2. I'm glad you dealt with the glaringly obvious choice he made that landed him in Anslee's arms again. I also like how he was seemingly a bit beat down and defeated for a bit there, afterall who wouldn't be when they are told they have no say in their future? But now, he seems to have found a bit of that strength and piss and vinegar he has in his personality. But, the best part was when he pointed out Anslee's lack of caring for anything other than his own needs. It will be a tightrope walk for him to get Anslee to see some things in himself and things he does in a different light, afterall, a big part of him and maybe all of his kind, is to have that view of humans the arrogance Jules pointed out. But, I really like the idea of him being forced slowly to see he may not be right about all things. I'd like to know more about his kind, maybe a few details thrown in when he tells Jules more during their talk (though it seems not to be off to a good start lol). Where do his kind live? Do they live like humans around us presenting these 'opportunities'? Have they always existed? And especially, why do they mate with humans and not one another, especially with their less than flattering view of humans? I also want to know more about why he wanted Jules, since obviously humans feeling desperate are abounding and even ones with a strong drive to overcome, aren't too hard to find, esp when you've had centuries to do so. I was kinda hoping he'd been eating soup or something that he could toss at Anslee instead of the finger :)
    I wanted to ask you if you could put a link to the last chapter or even a list of links to all the chapters in the blurb about the choices for the week's briefs. That way it helps those who want to review etc and then you could avoid having to repeat the week before's last paragraph (I have no problem reviewing where it left off if I can't remember and with an easy way to link back to it, I'm sure people wouldn't) That way precious words in the painfully short word count aren't wasted! :)
    Have a good week.

  3. LOL yes, I definitely love Jules and Anslee in his arrogant ways too. It was great the way you tackled Jule's obvious choice to go back home xD The way Anslee has analyzed humans and Jules is scrutinizing him at the same time, (the kid has balls), is going to make this one interesting and very fun read :-) Looking forward to next Wednesday!