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, followed by a blinding flash of orange. I shielded my eyes from the bright light, but the blinding rays managed to peak through my fingers.
“Are you the chosen one?” A voice no higher than a mouse’s squeak came from the light.
I removed my hands to see a tiny orange creature that looked half fish and half shitzu standing in the middle of the light.
“Uh, maybe?” I put my hand back up, trying not to blind myself by the bright orange rays, making shadow puppets on my bedroom walls.
The creature leaned in, squinting it’s bug eyes before it opened it’s mouth.
“Oh jeebus,” he shook his head and bits of orange goop flew onto the walls.
“Is something wrong?” I wasn’t a stranger to the paranormal, but I wasn’t use to little orange creatures with bright lights coming into my room in the middle of the night.
He sighed, “I think I beamed into the wrong room. Can you point me toward Meadowbrook drive?”
“Um, yeah, it is up a few blocks and a left at the first stop sign.”
He wiped his brow,” Oh good, Thanks!”
And with that everything faded.