Today’s writing prompt, Aurora Borealis, should leave you in awe. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it. And don’t forget to submit your writing this week! Because you could win something from the Shop for Writers.

Today’s Writing Prompt: Aurora Borealis

Write about a group of explorers in the 1500s who encounter Aurora Borealis in the skies for the very first time.

My Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Celestial Fire by K.E. Creighton

It had been an arduous months-long journey across the ocean, over scantily charted waters. Many had died during the voyage, leaving families behind, in search of gold and wonder. But those who survived the journey, arrived on the shore to be reborn to riches, or so the story of the omen is told. Because the moment the dozen surviving men’s boots touched the land, forever abandoning their sea legs, the night skies opened, revealing a celestial fire of shimmering purple and green never to be seen again. At least, by them.

According to the tale, the celestial fire burned out before the hourglass was half, but long enough for sails to deflate against the mast. The weary men slowly ventured onto the shores encased in a heavenly blaze, with a flag and distant claims, invigorated and ordained by God, they said, in a state of awe and prerogative that never left them afterward. Nor their faraway progenies.

Wander turned to lust that night under the distorted incandescent fiery sky, as the men traversed the foreign terrain. Local people unfamiliar to the strangers on the shore soon came to greet them. And the explorers’ impulse to pulverize everything native there to dust were ignited. But they did not consider how they would burn out with the heavens. Because such things can never be owned. Their riches were never known by their hands alone, or by the flag flown. Only by the seeds they had sown.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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