Monday, February 20, 2012

The Battle of Wits Has Begun: First Write Campaign Challenge

Your mission, write campaigners, if you choose to accept it is from our fearless leader, Rachael Harrie. The rules are...

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!

Mission accepted! Here's my flash fiction piece that I'm calling, Shadow Haunts. It is exactly 200 words, in the style of urban fantasy, and it includes orange and everything faded. Hope you enjoy!

Shadow Haunts
By: Tina Moss

Shadows crept along the wall, silent as dark sentinels. I gripped the banister until the blood drained from my hand. Two steps. I’d be on their level soon. My rubber boots squeaked on the slick wooden stairs. A clock chimed in the corner signaling the late hour. All of the other guests, in this quaint little Bed and Breakfast, rested comfortably in their beds. Only I stood between them and the soul-sucking creatures.

Done with hiding, with running, I gripped the flashlight in my hand. The filaments ticked to life and a ray of white danced across the hall. No more cowering like frightened prey. I’d become the hunter now. I rounded the corner. A shadow streaked behind me. I turned to catch the monster’s trail. It flew under a door and into the communal kitchen. I dashed after it, my footsteps echoing in the still night. When I reached the entryway, I flicked the light switch. Nothing.

The shadows ignited as moonlight flowed through a stained glass window. The soulless beasts bathed in blue, orange and red, stalked toward me. I ran my flashlight up their hollow forms. The bulb shattered, casting the room in darkness, then everything faded.

If you'd like to vote for me, I'm number 50 on the list! But, check out all the great flash fiction pieces too!

35 comments :

  1. Wow that was scary!! I could totally feel the tension in this scene! "The soulless beasts bathed in blue, orange and red, stalked toward me." That line gave me chills. Great job! Following and Voting

    I'm entry #19

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    1. Thanks so much! Going to check out your entry. :)

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  2. Girl, that was awwwwwesome... Just "liked" it... Great writing ;)

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    1. Thanks Morgan! Tracked down your #4 entry. Off to read. :)

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  3. so exciting! wht happens next?!
    good job!

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  4. A most intriguing environment you've established here. You know how to draw the reader in. Nice one! :)

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  5. Spooky - what the heck were they?! Very tension filled - great job!

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  6. Oooo awesome! Love the descriptions and the creepy atmosphere! Great job! :)
    Oh, and welcome to the world of flash fiction ;)

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  7. Remind me not to stay at any Bed & Breakfasts... *grins* Great work!

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  8. That was chilling, loved it! I'm off to vote for you!

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  9. This is superb writing, you have a wonderful rhythm and balance to your voice. Well done!

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  10. Aww. You all are way to nice to me. Thanks for all of your comments!

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  11. love the image of the stained glass, through moon light, casting colors on the beasts.

    Tale Spinning: Wednesday's Child

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  12. That was scary! I want to know more!!! :)
    Nice work! :D

    I'm #37

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  13. silent sentinels - nice
    I'm #103

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  14. Ooohhh..... That was amazing, Tina!! Definitely felt a bit scared as I was reading it! :)

    Awesome job, girl!

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  15. Nicely creepy :-) I loved the use of the colours in it.

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  16. This is great! Well written, wonderful description and a story that sucks you in. One of the best I've read so far! Liza (#112)

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  17. Nicely done! Pulled me in and left me wanting the rest of the story! Good luck!

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  18. Nice! Great descriptions! I would not be going down stairs at night to meet these soul suckers.

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  19. Spooky and make me want to know what happened next.

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  20. You had me at 'soul sucking creatures' :) New follower + vote here as well.
    #57

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  21. Interesting scenario. I like the concept and you presented it well.

    Lee (#126 on the Campaign Challenge List)
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  22. Very scary - monsters that can get under doors... I'm not sure that she got the better of them! Very exciting, I liked it a lot!

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  23. You have great tension and suspense here!

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  24. Great imagery, you pulled me righ in and now I wish it was longer. You got my vote.

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  25. Great scene. Could definitely feel the tension.

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  26. I loved this. I'm here for the Platform Building Campaign and look forward to getting to know you and your work. ~Cheers

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