500 Club (6/23)

Time to bang the Thursday drum! Hey, it’s the 500 Club!

Rules.

Write 500 words in response to one (OR BOTH) of the prompts below.
Post your brand new shiny flash fiction on your blog.
Paste the opening lines in the comments below, and link back to where we can read the rest of your story.

If you don’t have a blog but still want to play along, paste the 500 words into the flibbertygibbet over there in the right-hand column. —>

Prompts:

Today’s prompts are inspired by Life in a Medieval City by Joseph and Frances Gies, which is chock full of fascinating stuff and is a must for any aspiring fantasist.

1. I feel fine. I think I’ll go for a walk.

In 1250 A.D., people at death’s door would give away all their money to receive extreme unction, better known today as Last Rites. Should a person recover after receiving his Last Rites, “he must fast perpetually, go barefoot, and never again have intercourse with his wife.” Write a story about a person who has received his Last Rites. Set it in any time you please, no need to stay medieval.

2. Trust Your Doctor.

A medieval medical text advises doctors, “If you unfortunately visit a patient and find him dead, and they ask you why you came, say you knew he would die that night, but want to know at what hour he died.” Write a story about a person with the precognitive ability to know the hour of a loved one’s death. Who is the doomed person? Can the doctor arrive in time to save them?

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