Campaign Challenge

Second Campaign Challenge entry

Imago feminae

“Christine, please pay attention to your spinning. It is a disaster, yet you refuse to learn. You must use both your hands in rhythm.” Christine thought, Synchronicity, like Papa explained about the celestial spheres.

Her mother continued her rant, “Your father thinks because I did not bear him a boy, he can make you into one, stuffing your head full of Latin and science. How we will ever find a husband for you, I do not know!”

Stifling a yawn at the perennial subject, Christine searched through her Latin. Oscitate, yes, that’s yawning, she smiled to herself. And that hole in my spun fiber, that’s lacuna. Out loud, she said dutifully, “Yes, maman, I will try harder.” She picked up more roving to bear out her promise.

She loved her maman, but she wanted to be a scientist like her father. She wanted to discover whether the pestilence that had ravaged the world was due to the conjunction of three planets, as some thought, or from a miasma, a mala aria in her native Italian. She would be as famous as her father, some day, and not for her spinning. She would be a new sort of woman.

198 words and my very first piece of flash fiction (Yay!) Go read all the entries and vote on the ones you like at

56 thoughts on “Second Campaign Challenge entry”

  1. Elizabeth, I have read around 30, and this is my favorite so far… from the title through to the three characters presented, you convey a clear world in such few words. Excellent writing.

  2. Very nice! I love how you have woven all the challenge words in so beautifully. And yay for Christine wanting to be a scientist! (Mine had a scientist in it as well, but kind of a mad one.)
    Mine is #3.

    1. Thank you, Jen. I have to admit, being trained in medieval studies, I couldn’t let this challenge go. It’s my first attempt at flash fiction, so it was certainly different. Your mad scientist take works well, too!

  3. Excellent use of the words, and I so appreciated the different take on the challenge. I’d like to read more about her quest to become a new sort of woman.

  4. Lovely work, and I would have never been able to tell that it was your first flash fic attempt. 😀 I love the way that you weave the words into the tale, and of course, Christine’s resolution to become “a new sort of woman.”

    1. Thanks for coming by and commenting, Angelina. Yes, there are those eternal discussions when one is a kid. Who am I kidding? They usually continue long into adulthood with most parents!
      I appreciate your kind words. 🙂

  5. I love to read stories of Independent women Elizabeth Anne…and you told this one well! Great job! 🙂

  6. Came by to re-read this lovely little piece – and this time I can’t abstain from making public how much I like it !

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