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Monday, January 9, 2017

Concordant Vibrancy 3: Queen of Spades



Hello Readers, Writers, and Precious Patrons and thank you for visiting All Authors Blog. For the next two weeks, we will be meeting the participants of the third installment of the Concordant Vibrancy collection, entitled “Lustrate”.




Today, we present Queen of Spades who will discuss why she decided to participate in Lustrate, along with a small excerpt from her work.






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What inspired you to be a part of Lustrate?

A better question to ask is what prompted me to become a part of the Concordant Vibrancy collection as a whole. I am a fan of the incorporation of the elements—so far, earth, wind and water—along with the amazing interpretations of each theme question presented. This series, Lustrate in particular, challenged me to develop work outside the typical correlation between liquid and fluidity.

As it turns out, this is less of a story and more of a third person essay, mirroring the importance of connectivity and how its fluidity is essential in life.
Without further delay, here is an excerpt from “Threes”.




Excerpt from “Threes”

Checking to make sure I hadn’t sustained any injuries, I sat up and wobbled down the hallway. There was no sign of her but I did see my grandmother—wearing a housedress, decorated with a pattern of small roses. Just under the hem was a bit of lace I could only guess was her slip. The screen door opened, then slammed, but I could not see who departed. I was too far away.
            By the time my journey ended, a couple of inches beside my grandmother, a soap opera of sorts was in progress. The young lady clutching to the guy’s hand in defiance; my grandfather shaking his head, pointing his finger, and doing something he rarely did.
            He was yelling.
            A screech was in competition with my grandfather’s voice. Was that my sister? How did she get outside? I was looking at her just a few hours ago, pondering if I was that cantankerous during that stage. The guy took my sister and led her to a car.
            Then, my grandfather pointed to my grandmother. Without warning, I was lifted. What was going on? Confusion manifested itself as brimming tears. I didn’t want to hurt my grandmother but my inner voice’s speed was in hyper drive; its tone, ominous, citing trouble if I went with the young lady and the strange guy. The danger deafened me as my limbs went into gear, wrestling out of my grandmother’s grasp and sprinting into the next room.
            I waited, but my grandmother didn’t pursue me. I ventured a peek out the living room window. The car was cherry red, with the exception of the driver’s side door being a hunter green. The woman got in the passenger seat and slammed the door. My grandfather did not go after her, which baffled me. Loud sputters emitted from the car once, twice, then revved to life on the third try. Soon, the car backed out of my grandparents’ driveway into the street. A few seconds after that, it could no longer be seen.
            Finally, it registered. That defiant female was my mother. That strange guy was her boyfriend. Both of them left with my sister in tow.
            What was once five became three—my grandmother, my grandfather, and me.


For more of Threes and other contributions in Concordant Vibrancy 3: Lustrate, rush and acquire on January 17th.





If any of you missed the last two installments of Concordant Vibrancy, an incredible opportunity is available to get Concordant Vibrancy:Unity for FREE. Today marks the last day of the sale, so I would encourage you to grab a copy.