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!
By: Tina Moss
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!