Okay here is the first challenge for all you Platform Builder Campaigners. The assignment is to write a piece of flash fiction of 200 words or less. It must begin with the words "The door swung open" and for an extra challenge end with the words, "the door swung shut" and keep it to 200 words exactly. Hop on over to Rachael Harrie to get more info. Here's my entry. Hope you like it.
The door swung open before I was ready. I had to calm down, had to focus. I was shaking not from the cold, from my nerves. I'd been waiting for this all my life. Here and now I could prove who I was, show the world what I was made of. Time slowed. A million thoughts raced through my head as my coach pushed me to the ice. All those hours of training came down to these 4 minutes. My stomach twisted.
I glided to my starting pose, inhaled and waited for my music. It seemed like forever. Then the silky smooth strains of the violin began. I was no longer afraid. I felt strong as I skated over the glass-like surface of the ice. I felt free. I loved the feeling of the cool breeze tugging at my hair and the smell of the ice... it's cold and moist... and inexplicable. It's the smell of freedom. As I soared into the air my mind was clear and happy. I didn't care what the world thought of me. I knew who I was. That's what mattered. My music stopped. I bowed and skated off and the rink door swung shut.
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