Rachael’s first challenge for us is to write a piece of flash fiction. Here are the exact parameters:
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, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: “the door swung shut.” (also included in the word count)
For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!
I opened and closed with the formula and made 200 words.
The door swung open and Holly was already heading toward the basement. There wasn’t a door in the house that didn’t make a distinctive and different sound. It was better than any alarm system, completely innocuous, and most of the sounds didn’t even make a noise that a person could hear anyway. Holly knew them all.
Upstairs, far from door in the basement that he’d opened, Jack stood outside the office. Weird house, he thought. Interesting. Lots of things that shouldn’t be here, or that were unlikely. He shimmered through the closed door into the room. A desk. Two chairs. Floor lamp, desk lamp, computer, masks and puppets on the wall. Several bookshelves.
Tucked nearly out of sight was the jar. He squatted next to the shelf and immediately lost sight of it. His lip curled up in a smile that betrayed both pleasure and irritation. That was an interesting way to hide something, keep it at the corner of your eye. Good trick.
Bands of cold air settled around his chest, seizing him. Whatever. He looked over his shoulder, the smile still playing on his face. “Where’d you come from?” Kevin stepped into the room. The door swung shut.
Over at Rachael’s is the page with everyone’s entries – click on the avatar pictures to see what other people are writing.