As I mentioned, I’m taking part in the third Writer’s Platform Building Campaign, organized by Rachael Harrie. To keep it interesting, she poses challenges throughout the campaign like so:
The first Campaigner Challenge is to 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!
Here is my entry. I used both the beginning and the ending prompts, and my story is 200 words EXACTLY. Now I know why people enjoy writing flash fiction so much. Very fun! Here’s mine:
The door swung open and I jumped. I waited one full beat before I turned around to face him.
“You look fantastic,” he said.
I choked on my words, strode straight across the room and kissed him as if I had never kissed anybody before. I kissed him as if I were swallowing the ocean.
“What’s this all about?” he laughed.
I still couldn’t speak, but pleaded silently with my eyes. Please don’t make me say. Luckily, he didn’t ask again, but resumed the kiss with even more force. That kiss was a gossamer thread connecting me to my former life. So long as we kept kissing, I could stay where I was safe. I could be me again. How long had it been?
He broke the kiss, gave me a squeeze and sat in the chair by the window. He crossed his legs, draped his arms casually over the sides of the chair, and fixed me with a Delphian stare that must have taken him years to perfect. “So?” he asked. “Now what?”
I ran into the bathroom and threw up the entire contents of my lunch. When I returned, the chair was empty and the door swung shut.
What do you think? If you like it, you can go to the thread and vote for me by “liking” it in this link. I’m number 191. Now I’m going to go into the thread to read and “like” some others…Categories: Writing · Tags: First Campaigner Challenge, Flash Fiction, Rachael Harrie, Writer's Platform-Building Campaign, Writing