I decided to try another flash fiction story. These have been helping me to focus my writing brain before working on some on some of my ongoing projects. I departed from Robert Frost for my inspirational words this week, and pulled two other, much-loved books off of the shelf. I hope you enjoy–if you’re minded to try the challenge of writing a 150-word story using at least ten of the twenty words below, I’d love to see your story in the comments section!
Challenge: 150 word story
Using: 10/20 words: shook, colors, rattling, discontent, name, bells, chill, tattoo, moaned, scratched, winding, gallantry, commands, deserved, warming, grinning, iron, cage, wicked, inheritance
Words are taken from Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems by Sonia Sanchez and The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Just in Case
In the dim light of the party, he’s grinning at her. She’s warming to him, though her eye drifts to the tattoo on his arm: an iron cage with its door wide open. It chills her; there’s something wicked about it.
He offers his name: John. Perfectly ordinary. He is all gallantry, getting her another drink, asking about her life.
Still, the warning bells sound. But perhaps they are wrong. She’s been on edge so long, ever since her sister disappeared. Since then, her environment has degenerated into flashing signs: Warning! Caution! Yet away from the alarming colors of the outside world, there is only dull discontent. Part of her has been caged, and now it scratches at the lock, wanting.
John runs a hand down her arm. He asks her, low and charming. As she follows, she sticks her hand in her purse, feeling the outline of the knife.
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