Well, okay, it arrived on Monday, but entries can be submitted until today, Friday. I just didn't have space for it this earlier in the week.
So, what is the challenge?
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 love challenges. And yes, mine is EXACTLY 200 words!
The door swung open and Jim tumbled out.
Head over heels! Heels over head! Keep turning and don’t stop to look, he told himself—
—or Captain’ll whip you one and you’ll be shamed in front of all your mates—
Got to focus.
Jim felt the g-force as he fell, the sky and earth spinning light and dark, air resistance dragging on his body.
Timer almost to zero—
Deploy glider! Press the button, Jim!
Jim gripped handlebars that snapped in front of him, soared up, up, up.
Heard shouting through the com: “Got a grip, Jimmy?”
“I got it, man.”
“Good! ‘Cause we’re in for a doozy.”
Isn’t it always that way?
Jim wouldn’t take an alternative. Nothing beat the plunge from hovercraft to ground on missions. Missions that were—technically—top-secret operations headed by the lead negotiator, the woman trying to keep humanity alive.
Since aliens wanted it eliminated.
“Ready, Jimmy? We’re goin’ down in three . . .”
Jim readied his glider’s engines.
“. . . two . . . one!”
Above, the hovercraft rose as its operatives disappeared into the mountains. The pilot realized he’d left it open—Captain’d be mad—and the door swung shut.
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-----The Golden Eagle