For my few readers who don’t already know this, as part of the Writers’ Platform Building Campaign, Rach is giving us challenges to flex our writing muscles and promote interaction. The challenge for this week is:
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!
This story is the idea that popped into my head almost immediately. After reading some of the other stories and seeing how many people had gone dark and creepy with this challenge (something about swinging doors is automatically sinister), I took a stab at a silly comedy with potty humor, but it didn’t work, so I came back to this one. My entry is #197, and it’s exactly 200 words.
The door swung open, and he crept inside, careful not to make a sound. She sat at the table with her back to him, absently twirling a lock of red hair as she balanced her checkbook.
He took a step closer. First she had ignored him. Another step. Then she had screamed at him to go away. Two more silent steps closer to his target. He’d show her no one treated him that way.
He unsheathed his weapon, its sharp tip anxious to taste her blood.
She cursed and slammed her pen to the table. He sank into a crouch, eyes boring into her, willing her not to turn around. Revenge would be so much sweeter if she didn’t see it coming until he ripped open her flesh.
With a deep sigh, she picked up her pen. He inched toward her until he was in range. Time for her punishment. He pounced.
She screamed as the point pierced her skin.
A small droplet of blood trickled down her ankle. She picked him up and hissed in his face. “I told you to stay outside if you can’t behave.”
She shoved him through the kitty door, and the door swung shut.
I can’t wait to read the other stories – if you’ve written one, leave a link to it in the comments.
Photo cedit to Mattox