HALCYON POINT OF APOAPIS: Liquid Time A to Z Blog Challenge 2021



Liquid Time

A to Z Blog Challenge 2021

“The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity. It is the first reflection of eternity in time, its first attempt, as it were, at stopping time.” ~ ~Søren Kierkegaard

A total absence of light.

Whatever you have thought of as darkness is another lie. The bromides swirl with similes, throwing up black as night, a raven, a ministers cloak, the death card, a void, as pitch, black as the devil’s heart. You’ve lost paradise, unaware that the loss is profound.

Valentina Ceit Marin never gave any thought to the immensity of Eternity. She had been filled beyond any brim with awareness of the moment, framing the moments to come, shedding the moments of the past. Her no looking back attitude has brought her HERE.

Panic is begging to take control. The gut squeezes tight. Both temples are strafing her head, settling into the eyes, the base of the nasal passage. Valentina tried to raise her hand to pinch the bridge of her nose. No hand came. Trying again, failure beat a drum. All jointed points of her skeleton were trigger locked. She took in that she could breath, that her eyes still rolled around, that the lids could go up or down.

It was then that she grew aware of what was not outside of her body. She wasn’t standing on any surface. No chains or puppet master strings held her up. She wasn’t floating, drifting around the void of space. Neither weightless nor sense of being. She was THERE.

Panic began to win. She had a mouth but it would not open to release the inside screams. Knowing this was not the her that she was and the her she cultivated, the shell, direct confrontation, the eagerness, the mean moments, the want of things, the dismissals. It was too much.

It was, too much.

It was…

A fracture of light.

Z was. Here. There.

A vast difference of space split them apart. The were opposites in depth.

Sweat filtered through Val’s skin. It beaded and dripped from her brow, coated her arms. Another aspect that was not Val.

She could not do anything.

“Hello, Valentina.”

10 responses »

  1. I’ve just read the whole thing again from start to finish. I am now waiting for Monday as I can’t imagine what had happened to Valentina. Is she in the pod? If so how did she get in there? Too much coffee? Is it somewhere you put offenders, as in jail but not actually putting them to death.


    • I was actually late with Friday’s post. Got it onto the blog before midnight was goal I met. I’m finishing up today’s I post and should have it up soon.
      As to today and Val + Z, this post will be a sorta-kinda close to this arc of the story. Monday, at this moment, things will continue in a less choppy way. Arc two coming at ya.
      Thanks, Linda.


  2. I do enjoy the way you draw the reader in and leaves us with wonder and curiosity. I have been thinking about the first year that I came to visit “Tale Spinning” during A to Z you were writing about a car and strange shop that was evil and magical…Loved it. You never disappoint! See you tomorrow for your next letter installment.

    Stopping in from A to Z: https://writingiscommunication.wordpress.com/2021/04/10/i-ink-slinger/


  3. Thank you for the kind words, Shari. The car and strange shoppe were two different A to Z challenges. I’m glad that the tales have stayed with you. I try my best not to disappoint. You never do for me.

    In case you (or anyone who reads comments) want to read (or reread) the storylines, the links are below.

    A Car in the Woods (starting with April 1st, 2019): https://stuartnager.wordpress.com/?s=a+car+in+the+woods

    The Abysmal Dollhouse (beginning on 4/1/18):

    Abysmally Yours (The Abysmal Dollhouse) AtoZ Blog Challenge

    I’ll post a fuller list of the previous challenges this Sunday.


    • Hi Keith:
      yeah, this is not really a “jump in any time” series.
      Monday the 12th will start a new(ish) arc. A jump with the characters.

      Thanks for the compliment. Delve. Delve.

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    • Thanks, Melanie.
      I’d like to put this all into one document when Z is finally posted. See how it reads/inconsistencies.
      I need a science type nerd..um ..person


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