It is Labor Day, a holiday meant for celebrating hard workers...though the irony is there are a whole lot of folks working today. I suppose it must be so the world can continue to move on and on.
I'm doing work of a different kind. Today marks an important step in our Writer's Platform-Building Campaign. Now that we've all done some form of meet and greet - Hello again fellow campaigners - it is time for our first challenge. Here are the details:
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!
I managed to make my story 200 words exactly, excluding the title of course. Here it is:
The door swung open to fog. I crossed the threshold, trembling at the chill. I lifted a finger before my eyes, but couldn’t see a thing.
“Hello?” There’d been a knock at the door, the impatient rapping only Rig would dare. My hasty glamour kept my parents and neighbors asleep, but it was weak and wouldn’t last long.
The porch creaked beneath my bare feet as I braved another step, this time waving my hands before me, clearing a path to sight. There he stood, deliciously mere inches from me.
“Why won’t you let this go?”
“I can’t, Macy. You loved me once. I still love you.” He grabbed me quickly. I hadn’t a chance to think before his lips were on mine. My Light reacted without call, building at my core and blasting Rig with a blue light that diminished the remaining fog.
“Don’t push me away,” he pleaded, recovering at the bottom of the steps.
“For the last time, what I am rejects you. The taste of blood on your fangs sickens me. Fae and undead don’t mix.”
My heart shattered at the finality, my mind made up. I backed into the house and the door swung shut.