Today is the first day of Rachael Harrie's Fourth Campaign! Stop by Rachael's blog for all the official rules. Here's the prompt for today:
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!
Here's mine in 200 words exactly:
Shadows crept across the wall as my eyes shot open. Faint guttural sounds of the Durgan people echoed around me. Where am I? Damp musty air filled my lungs. I was in a cave. I tried to sit up but searing pain shot through my shoulder. I slumped back on the hard ground hoping to remember what happened but nothing came. It didnt' matter now. I was a captive of the barbaric Durgans. I had to find a way out.
A campfire's orange glow seeped around the large rock blocking the entrance. I crept to it and peered outside into the darkness. 15 Durgans slept around the fire. Others busied themselves with their weapons. Two guards approached. I hurried to where I'd been laying and pretended I was asleep. This was my chance. With ease the two hulking creatures pushed the stone aside and entered. Their primitive language was unintelligible but I knew they were fighting...over me. One leaned over me, his hot breath caustic against my neck. The other pulled him away angrily. Before they could react I bolted into the night. I ran through the forest until I couldn't breathe. I lay down hidden from view and everything faded.
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