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!
Well, I took the challenge, and below, is my piece. I also kept to exactly 200 words, used the word 'orange' in the text, and ended with "everything faded":
Shadows crept across the wall as I stood in the dark room. It had been 14 years since I visited the old homestead. But, this time it was different.
Gone were the carefree days of youth, when the wind caressed my face as I swung higher and higher, seated on an old board secured on both sides with a rope. My favorite tree, a strong and sturdy oak, had thick limbs reaching in all directions, hearty enough for a makeshift swing. I would run to that swing when I was troubled, and needed to think, or, at times, talk to God.
I danced and twirled as I made my way through the field of orange poppies, almost tripping as I went. The anticipation was too much. Wanting to beat my last record, I attempted to swing higher than the day before, stretching my toes to meet the sky. I had carved marks on the trunk of the massive tree to commemorate my climbs. At one point, it occurred to me that I could reach so great a height, that as I leaned back, it would cause me to flip backwards and spin through the air. I did. Then, everything faded...
There it is...something I have never done before! I'm accustomed to writing for children, or sharing my thoughts in a devotional. So, Rachel's challenge has stretched me. Thanks, Rachel! What do you think? I'd love any comments you might have to help me hone my craft...