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.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), do one or more of these:
- end the story with the words: "everything faded." (also included in the word count)
- include the word "orange" in the story
- write in the same genre you normally write
My story is exactly 200 words. I also included orange and 'everything faded'.
- make your story 200 words exactly!
Shadows crept across the wall. The hazy orange of daylight broke them into crisscrossing patterns along the rotting floorboards. Presley stepped quietly, her bare feet grazing against the splintering wood, quaking beneath her weight. The still silence quickened her heartbeat, making the sweat stick against her clothes.
It was sleeping. But she knew better. It was more than aware of her presence in the abandoned farmhouse. This was the moment she’d been waiting for- a chance to kill the thing that had destroyed her family, taking everything precious from her. Their blood curdling screams still woke her during the worst of nights, the darkness smothering her with memories.
Just a few more steps and she would be there. Presley told herself to calm down. Over five years of training would help her to survive what awaited behind the door. But did she want to live after it was all over? Nothing would be left to keep her going. No revenge plan to push her in a life she no longer desired. Death would be a welcome friend.
The knob was within arm’s reach. The cold metal slipped a little against her wet palm. The door creaked open and everything faded.
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