Under the Golden Cross

“Didn’t you kill any Turks today?”

Joseph looked down at his tunic, white with a red cross. The other man, large and looming, wore a dark splatter across his. A badge. “I carry the golden cross. I’m no killer.”

At dawn, Joe rode into battle. Pulled from his horse, he dropped the cross and plunged his knife into his attacker’s neck. Red sprayed across Joe’s tunic, dripped onto the cross in golden sand.

This piece of historical micro-fiction takes place during the Crusades, a topic I’ve always been interested in writing about–but I need to do much more research before even imagining writing a novel set against the backdrop of those wars.

Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: Historical Micro-Fiction


I love historical fiction, and micro-fiction is fun to write. So today’s writing prompt is to write a work of historical micro-fiction. You can pick any historical time period, any place, any event. But here’s the tricky part: Don’t exceed 75 words. Have fun!

Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: 100-word Challenge

For this writing prompt, you will write exactly 100 words. Not 99. Not 101. 100.

You must include the following five words in whatever way you see fit (you can alter plurality if necessary):

  • Candles
  • Blue
  • Mustache
  • Vial
  • Drinks

Your story must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Have fun! Because these are only 100 words, feel free to post your story right into the comment.