I’m participating in the 4th Writers’ Building Campaign with Rachael Harrie.
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!
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Shadows crept across the wall. There was no mistaking it this time; he followed me from my nightmares into the daytime. First, it was only my erratic imagination filled with bizarre shades of orange and tinges of red.
There were days he stalked my peripheral vision, but now he appeared all of the time. No one else gave any indication or noticed him lurking in the shadows.
The dark, hypnotic movement of his fingers, elongated and branchlike attached to thick arms and a stocky upper body came into view across walls, sides of buildings, and etched in between trees in the park. It was always the same, he beckoned me into his realm. It was a paranormal world filled with chaos and mayhem.
I fought to resist his temptations. I saw glimpses of his handiwork and reprimanded myself for even contemplating it. I hurried away. It didn’t matter how fast I ran, he was always there.
I stood on the high cliff, wind blasting my face and waves crashing below. It was mesmerizing because of the powerful and swift movement of nature. I took another step to the edge, daring not to look behind me. A rock crumbled. Everything faded…
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