Well, it’s time for another Campaign and with it another Challenge! The challenge is as follows:
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
- make your story 200 words exactly!
I was able to incorporate all of the extras into my story, and it was quite a challenge=) I had fun writing it though and I hope you have fun reading it! So, without further ado:
Shadows crept across the wall. Amy waited in the remaining light, wondering when Eric – if Eric – would return.
A loud CRACK! sounded, sending her heart hammering against her chest. The tall spruce outside the window moaned, tipped, and smashed to the ground shattering the windows of a car and setting off its alarm.
“Eric!” she screamed, all her desperation and fear from the last few days bleeding into his name, but there was no one left to hear.
Without thought her mouth formed the incantation. The world was silent but for the whisper of the shadows as they moved closer, the last orange light of the sun boxing her in. Darkness surrounded her, reaching its smoky tendrils ever closer.
“You will not escape,” the shadows whispered.
Cold sweat broke out across Amy’s forehead as she continued her silent spell. She closed her eyes, willing her mouth to move as fast as thought.
“Only seconds left and you will be mine.”
The warmth of light left her feet and with the chill of shadow came pain as Darkness leeched blood from her. A laugh, cold and mirthless, filled the room – silent and deafening.
“You’re too late,” she whispered as everything faded.
Don’t forget to “like” my story (number 40) and read the other entries. You can do all of that HERE.