Luminesce braided her spun-gold hair with sprigs of sweet-smelling lavender. She tied the end with a sunlight ribbon. She pulled a light, airy deep blue gown shot through with glints of silver and gold over her head. The gown fell exactly into place – no pulling or scrinching – just gazing her ankles, almost touching the mossy floor. The material felt soft and electric against her skin. A dress for dancing.

Her eyes were alit with a fiery sparkle. She lived to dance. To spin wildly in concentric circles every closer to the bonfire. To swing out, away from the shrieks of burning wood. Spiraling off into the audience. Owl blinked her ghost-light eyes in approval. Raccoon, ever stealthy behind his mask, gave her a standing round of ovation, clapping his paws together with a frenzied delight. Skunk’s white stripe glowed in the shimmery darkness. She kept her tail down.  Luminesce’s performance was stunning not stinky.

Moonlight and firelight illuminated the darkened woods. Trees dripped strings of leafy lights.  The sky flowed in deep blue waves like her gown. Pricked with a million sparks of star light. Sometimes her dance was smooth and dreamy. Others were gyrating, flashing like strobe lights. Danced until the moon slipped away, and the sun crept in. She disappeared in lightning fast swirl. The audience agreed that this was the best performance yet. And all pledged to be back tomorrow night.

Written, very much in free form/free fall, for SoCS: Light (Friday 4/Saturday 5 September 2015).


16 thoughts on “Luminesce

  1. LindaGHill September 12, 2015 / 11:20 am

    What a beautiful scenery you paint! Thank you so much for writing this for SoCS. :D


    • phylor September 12, 2015 / 4:15 pm

      Thank you. SoCS is an intriguing and revealing writing prompt!
      Writing SoCS-style provides fascinating peeks inside myself. Luminesce-like women have been floating through my “mind” stories lately, and she jumped in from the first sentence on!


      • LindaGHill September 12, 2015 / 4:32 pm

        Ah, don’t you love it when that happens? :D Glad you enjoyed the prompt. :)


  2. Oliana September 6, 2015 / 1:46 am

    Oh wow! Just love this beautiful fairy tale…it flows so beautifully and am so impressed how you can write so beautifully in a “stream of conciousness” like this stunning story! I love how your descriptions and I could feel the texture of that dress on my ankles too!!


    • phylor September 6, 2015 / 1:30 pm

      Thank you for the kind and encouraging comments.
      I’ve been teaching my self-editor to take coffee breaks so I can write free verse in free fall.
      I often write from subconscious to fingers to keyboard. A sort of SoCS I guess.

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  3. summerstommy2 September 5, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    I found this so full of delightful images and enjoyed the flow of the piece. Well done indeed.


    • phylor September 6, 2015 / 1:28 pm

      Thank you, kind sir.
      Your post inspired me to try the SoCS light prompt.
      I never really know just what will flow out of my subconscious.


  4. Valida Muse September 5, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    This is a lovely “mood piece”, Phylor–I absolutely LOVE Luminescence, whatever form…and I’m so grateful to be having some here (yippee!!!).


    • phylor September 5, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks for the generous comment.
      Good to hear you have light shining in your life! May you continue to say yippee!!!! with a smile on your face.


      • Valida Muse September 5, 2015 / 8:59 pm

        Thank YOU so much–you’re always so kind to let me vent the truth, rather than “prettying things up”, pasting on a smile when I just want to freaking die. I appreciate that, truly. And I never got back to your comments about pizza–but I did manage to eat most of it cold, so we’re done with that! Tonight it’s homemade chili–“spicy and sweet”–and Dulce de Leche ice cream (I got some for you too, so bring a Large spoon!)


        • phylor September 5, 2015 / 10:08 pm

          Thanks for the ice cream. Perhaps I’ll bring a large spoon, and an ice cream scoop!


          • Valida Muse September 5, 2015 / 10:18 pm

            We won’t need bowls–I bought 3 of the 14-oz containers on sale!!


  5. Hope Floats September 5, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Loved the descriptions…immediately saw a faerie dancing and twirling. Also was immediately envious of any woman fortunate enough to have a gown drape perfectly after slipping it on over their head. Very nice.


    • phylor September 5, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you for the kind compliment.
      I’m envious of how well the dress fits too. lol

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