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Title: The Horse-Master
Fandom: Original
Rating: PG
Word count: 4051 words
Summary: How Hipponax became enslaved.
Notes: Written for the ‘enemies’ square of my [community profile] genprompt_bingo card.

The Horse-Master


Catta’s eyes rolled and she jerked up her head, snapping her teeth in fear as the splintering crash rocked the little ship. Hipponax grabbed for her lead rein and pulled her head down close to him, looking at her and murmuring soothing words. Her ears pulled back, lying flat, and she bared her teeth again.

Beside her, Amanda and Ballista shifted restlessly, snorting and stamping as they caught Catta’s fear. Another crash, and all three horses began pulling and whinnying. The ship lurched, gave a groan, and settled to an ominous silence.

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Title: Goldfinch
Fandom: Original
Rating: G
Word count: 1908 words
Summary: Gaius is distracted from his poetry composition.
Notes:. Written for the ‘terrible choices’ square of my [community profile] genprompt_bingo card.

Goldfinch


With ardour like beating wings
I descend to Leda’s thighs


Gaius Iuventius Carduelis tapped the end of the stylus against his lips and considered the opening lines of the poem. He’d spent the best part of half an hour polishing the couplet and was heartily sick of it. Composing to a deadline brought out his insecurities; never mind the scrolls of his poetry that circulated Rome to be recited and discussed in the best households, this poem was the one that mattered—and so far, this poem was only two lines long.

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