What I Have Written
"Broken Boughs" is today's freebie.
"That Basic, Wrenching Emotion"
Continuing to riff on my June Relationship Bingo card, I wrote the free-verse poem "That Basic, Wrenching Emotion." Amada and her sons show up on Danso's doorstep, distressed over a family upheaval.
I borrowed the forest picture to inspire the free-verse poem "Growing Moss." Constance (aka The Archivist) has trouble holding onto a romantic relationship. She copes by taking a walk in the Hoh Rainforest.
"Strong and Fragile"
From this I got the story "Strong and Fragile." Eric and TeJay go into town with Uncle Chris to buy supplies. There they run into some of Eric's old friends. The encounter does not go as Eric expects. There's a lot of tension, but you can really see the relationship between Eric and TeJay progressing.
1,570 words, Buy It Now = $47.10
"Down New Paths"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Down New Paths." It introduces a couple of new characters I've wanted to get to for some time now. This is actually set a few years before the nominal now for Polychrome Heroics. So Lupê Hêdonê has her superpowers, but she hasn't learned good dominatrix skills yet; and Gray hasn't even gotten his superpowers so far. What starts out as a fun scene ends very, very badly. And Gray, gods bless him, can still make astute relationship decisions while utterly wrecked. This is hardcore hurt/comfort.
"The Breaking of the Shell"
From this I got the free-verse poem "The Breaking of the Shell." Gray's friend Marcus gets him into a world of trouble with a rival gang. Gray decides that he has had enough of that shit from Marcus. Ricasso and Thriver come to the rescue.
"Stronger at the Broken Places"
No longer incorporating your prompt, but directly following the earlier poems that do, is the next installment about Gray. "Stronger at the Broken Places" is free-verse about his recovery from the beating, coping with two broken arms, and his first lessons in how to control his superpower. He worries about it getting out of hand, but other than that, this is mostly fluff.
Ricasso calls Gray and Marcus into his office to resolve what Marcus did to Gray. It does not go well.
478 lines, Buy It Now = $239
"How You Combine Them"
Gray deals with the aftermath of his situation, struggles with sleep disturbances, and decides to take a class on pastry cooking. All the fluffy fluffness, with frosting on it! And cream filling! But they are still supervillains.
202 lines, Buy It Now = $101
"What Makes a Team Work"
While recovering, Gray works in Ricasso's office until the casts come off. Then he celebrates by baking chocolate macarons, and mulls over how to fit his new superpower into the gang's operations.
212 lines, Buy It Now = $106
"No Feeling of Being Alive"
With the casts finally off, Gray is allowed back into the gym. After that, though, Ricasso wants his help with another gang member, because Side-eye's blunted feelings make him crave intense stimulation. Gray discovers a few other things besides pure pain that get through to him.
810 lines, Buy It Now = $405
From My Prompts
"Shaggy's Dog Story" by dialecticdreamer features the Scooby gang as children, in which Shaggy is so shy that he uses ventriloquism to 'talk' through his puppy.
Combining several of your prompts, including both pictures, "Rebuilding Home" follows Penny's long wait in the afterlife because she refused to reclaim a gift to meet the Great Worm's demands. (2385 words) by dialecticdreamer
"Mending What You Can" by brides_koneko is Welcome to Night Vale fanfic about replacing one broken relationship with another. Ouchy stuff, but a sharp reminder of the risks.