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!
Shadows crept across the wall.
Terren, sitting on the chill marble floor, tried to ignore the shadows creeping across his shoulders as well. He knew he should focus on the orange object in his hands, the hot smoldering thing he’d been told to steal, but the dragging sensation of the spirits hidden within those shadows kept his eyes and body shifting every few moments.
“You shouldn’t have taken it.”
Terren nearly dropped the object in his hands as he shoved off the floor, his feet skidding along its smooth dark surface.
“Who’s there?” he almost shouted, overcompensating for the fear he felt, the nervousness that was born from guilt and shame deep in his heart.
A girl stepped out from behind a stone column, her slippers barely making a sound as she walked toward him. The moonlight shafting in through the windows above hit her face at hard, harsh angles and Terren shifted backwards as she held up a pale hand.
“Sorceress,” he murmured, as the shadows moved away from his shoulders to seep across the floor and twirl around her skirts, pooling into a gray squirming mass above her palm.
“They’re hungry, Terren,” she said. “So hungry.”
Included the word "orange"
200 words exactly
Fantasy is a genre I commonly write in (though SF is the most common)
What do you think of my entry? (#175 on the Linky List of Campaign Challenge participants.)
-----The Golden Eagle