Harmony Kent began writing at 40 after a life-changing injury. An avid reader & writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow authors.
You can find Harmony at https://harmonykent.co.uk
The First Dragons of Kawn
There weren't always dragons in the Valley. Until the rains came. Crimson and thick as pig’s blood. The red deluge clung to the windows and made the tin roof roar. Frightened, Betsy and Billy snuggled into my lap while I tried to distract them with a made up fairy tale. Mother paced the short length of our old wooden cabin with her arms folded tightly across her chest. The old flooring protested every step with ominous creaks and groans. A sense of foreboding heightened the pitch of my voice, and I felt sure Mother would fall through the wood boards any second. Never to be seen again. My six-year-old siblings whimpered, so I cleared my throat and I raised my voice, ‘… and so, the kind fairy made it so the red rain would come each full moon day and awaken the sleeping princess …’
- First Place in Ship of Dreams Challenge
The screams alerted me first. This section of the Chiquibul Marathon traversed old logging roads through the Forest Reserve. I’d come prepared for the humidity and heat, but the aroma was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. The perfume of the forest, which came thick on every ragged breath, brought scents from thousands of wildflowers. Then these tropical notes changed, subtly at first, but growing in intensity each fifty yards or so.
“The children who explored the brook and found | An […] island with a sandy cove | […] When the familiar scene is suddenly strange | Or the well known is what we have yet to learn | And two worlds meet, and intersect, and change.” …. From T S Elliot, To Walter de la Mare
Behind the Mask
“May you live in interesting times.” … commonly cited as originating from an old Chinese curse. It would be easy, looking back, to wish that my life had been a teensy bit less interesting. When faced with the question “what’s the crux of your life story so far”?, my first response was, “OMG! Where do I start?!” Because … sad but true … I have more than one life-changing moment to choose from.
A Stitch in Time
Imagine, if you will, a woman in her early thirties. She'd had a hard life, and despite the many travails and put-downs, she had not only survived but thrived. Slim, fit, and active, she had finally found peace and self-acceptance. After six months of enjoying her new-found freedom, the universe decided she could cope with more.