The first campaign challenge has been issued, and below is the entry I’ve submitted. You’ll find the remit underneath the short story. Happy reading!
Shadows crept across the wall. I know what they are; know only I can see them. They’re echoes, remnants of memories, of things, of people. My memories.
I’m not sure how or why it happens, this bizarre puppet show that appears to me at night, talking right into my soul. Perhaps I’m mad, perhaps I’m special – I don’t know and to be honest it doesn’t matter anyway. But when the orange sunset leads way to the inky darkness of night they come. I welcome them with open arms, able to talk to those I’ve missed for so long, how many people have that opportunity? To say the things they really wanted to say but couldn’t for whatever reason.
But as I lay here tonight I know it’s time, time to let go and leave them behind. You can’t live in the past forever, it’s finally time to move on. I can feel myself being drawn towards the wall, towards the shadows and they’re welcoming me with open arms, a cacophony of voices saying my name.
I look back at myself lying so still and silent on the bed and reach forward, becoming one with the shadows, behind me everything faded.
The remit from Rachael Harrie at Rach Writes was
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!
At first 200 words seemed quite a bit. Until you realise just how short 200 words actually is :-). I have to admit though I quite enjoyed writing it and taking up the challenge, and it’s turned out nothing like I initially envisaged. I think that’s a good thing 🙂
You can find the other entrants on Rachael’s page, mine is number 94 if you want to vote.