The first challenge of the Fourth Platform-Building Campaign has been posted. If you want more details, you can go to the post, but the short version is:
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count.
I’ve never written flash fiction, but here’s my attempt:
Shadows crept across the wall. I wasn’t sure where I was; in the flickering candlelight, I could see anything, just indistinct shapes shrouded in darkness.
Someone moved off to my right, just the slight crunch of a shoe on a dirt floor. I turned my head, wincing at the pounding as I blinked tears out of my eyes, but all I could see were the legs of a table a few feet away, a frayed tablecloth spread neatly across the tabletop.
The last thing I remembered was my botched escape from the city, the butt of a rifle coming down on the back of my head. And then…nothing.
So, where was I? Was I a prisoner? I was relatively comfortable, I reflected, lying on a mattress on the floor with warm blankets, so probably not. I breathed in, the scent of salt air lingering in the flannel. It was comforting, even more so because it meant I couldn’t have gone too far; I was still on the coast, at least.
I heard the footsteps again.
“Hello?” I called.
This time, a shape shuffled into view, clothed in swaths of fabric – a dress. A woman, then.
“It’s okay. You’re safe now.”
This is a snippet I have in mind for OPAQUE. Who knows – maybe this will work its way in?
If you feel like joining in on the fun, you have until Friday night! I look forward to hopping around and reading everyone else’s!
Currently Listening To: Plain White T’s – “Write You A Song”