So for this last one we're supposed to:
Emotion Flash Fiction: Emotion is the engine of a story. Pick an emotion and in a flash fiction piece of 250 words MAKE us feel it! We want to connect with your character. This will be a challenge in 250 words.
The emotion I decided to go for is DESPERATION. I think this is an emotion. And that is totally what is going on in this scene from my YA Fantasy, FRACTION OF STONE.
We find our friends Kara and Rydan surrounded. Will they escape?
Kara swiped her magic along the mountainside, shrieking at the pain and enormous power flowing from her palm. There was a crash followed by a moan and then rock poured from the sky.
Men and horses trampled each other in an attempt to escape the manmade avalanche. Rydan sprinted to Kara’s side and ripped her from the man’s grasp, so weak she fell into his arms. Stone rolled out in waves. He took a few strides but the attempt to outrun the rock was futile. At the last second he bent over Kara, fell to the ground and raised his hand, encasing them in a bubble.
It was the worst feeling, being buried alive. Knowing hundreds of pounds of rock stood between fresh air and where they lay. Stone hitting stone became quieter as the pile mounted, the space grew darker and then not a sound remained.
“Kara,” Rydan moaned, feeling as though he held the weight of the mountain on his shoulders. “Kara!”
The smallest of light illuminated her face. Her eyes fluttered and she jerked at his close proximity, scanning the small circle holding back a mountain.
“Do something!” he screamed.
She bore into his eyes, as if searching for a solution, then stuck her palms out on either side of his head. He didn’t want to ask her to use her power, he could tell she had nothing left and whatever she did next could kill her. But if she did nothing, they would die.
Kara gave him one last look as his sweat dripped onto her face. Her eyes slowly closed and she pushed out with her arms.