Before we start, let me quote some essential details from my introductory post from Week One, outlining the basics of this month’s themed contest. To skip this, scroll directly to the prompt, located midway through this post!
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Welcome to Week Three of the theme, “Can you elaborate?” I understand there may have been some confusion about prompt limitations last week, so I’ve quoted the ‘Basic Premise’ portion below with a few choice edits in hopes that there will be no further miscommunication. I do not believe in limiting the creative mind unfairly or unnecessarily, so let’s nip that in the bud!:
Basic Premise: You are presented with an example of a synopsis for an episode of a television series (there is so necessity to have seen, or to be familiar with, either the episode or the show). Using this synopsis, write your entry. You may also use the title of the episode or something you know about the series or episode quoted to inspire your entry. You do not have to use the name of the character mentioned in the synopsis. These parts of each month’s prompt are interchangeable at the entrant’s discretion; however, you may like to make a clear statement in an Author’s Note about the origin of your inspiration if you deviate unexpectedly from the episode title and/or synopsis provided as each month’s prompt. All forms of writing are welcome!
Again, if anyone has any questions, the Hydra’s three silly heads are here to make sure everyone has a good time. Now, without further ado, the prompt for Week Two!
Game of Thrones [S3E5]: ‘Kissed by Fire’ –“Jaime reveals a story to Brienne that he has never told anyone.”
This week’s prompt is full of potential. Apart from the possibilities suggested by the concept of a great reveal (or however you choose to twist/interpret the synopsis, bearing in mind you do NOT have to use the character names or even two separate characters), there is also the poetic significance of a title like ‘Kissed by Fire’. To have been seduced by the dangerous unpredictability of flame, whether literal or metaphorical, provides both great and terrible potential for your already vivid and reckless imaginations.
In the quoted episode of Game of Thrones, the character of Jaime challenges his own reputation by revealing a well-kept secret to a relative stranger to whom he is bonding, whether he would acknowledge the relationship or not. Elsewhere in Westeros, Jon Snow (a sworn warden of the Night’s Watch, keepers and protectors of the Wall separating Westeros from the perilous north), dances dangerously with temptation. As a whole, the would-be conquerors in contest for the Iron Throne faces their demons, tempt the devil, and either embrace or narrowly avoid the kiss of the flames.
Reflect upon the elements provided. How will you approach the topic(s) this week? Consider your myriad options: danger, seduction, risk, abandon, mystery, truth. Where will you lead us? Write what you must!
Remember, to advance to main voting for Week Three, you must have survived Week Two voting. If not, your entry (or entries) still qualifies for Just For Fun voting and is welcome in the the poll! You can access the poll below. Entries are due Sunday, August 23rd at 2345 Eastern Time. No sign-ups are necessary for this contest.