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:
Here's my flash fiction entry (Enjoy!):
- 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!
Shadows crept across the wall. Standing in the abandoned church, Zoe held her breath and shrank down behind the last pew. A man trudged through the door holding a candle. An orange handled shovel tucked under his arm reminded her of the way her father used to carry his hunting rifle. Something about him gave her the creeps. Maybe it was the furrow between his brows or the creepy way his face was illuminated. Either way, his presence here felt wrong.
“Do you see it, yet?” The whisper, though trying to be quiet, echoed loudly. Zoe peeked above the rim of the pew. “Well?” came the voice again just as a boy stepped up to the altar. He looked about her age, she thought, but she didn’t know him. Anyone with that face would be worth remembering. What were they looking for in her private place?She watched them tiptoe to a half-cracked plank beneath the altar. The man tossed the light to his partner as he wrenched the plank up with the shovel. He reached in and pulled out a diamond the size of a grapefruit. Zoe gasped. The man looked up, the candle blew out, and everything faded.