Flash Fiction Challenge

I decided to participate in this flash fiction challenge because I wanted to give life to a WIP that I’d abandoned over a year ago. I simply called my WIP “Red” because it was influenced in part by this photo, posted here with permission by the artist, Robin Barcus Slonina.

I hope to explore this WIP again, one day.

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First Campaigner Challenge

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, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: “the door swung shut.” (also included in the word count) For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!

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The door swung open.

Calla turned as a trio of withered crones swept into her room. They were her newly appointed attendants, bound to serve her, the House Prime’s new Cabochon. Her new title.

His new pet, he called her. She seethed at those remembered words.

I was once a cherished wife. I am no one’s pet.

The crones bowed low before approaching her, displaying more grace than she expected. They bore the marks of their class status, their genetic weakness, formed after the sundering of the world. After the ash fall separated the weak from the strong. The Withered from the Hale.

They worked quickly to remove her wedding gown despite the twisted claws they had for hands, the breathers fused to their mouths whirring with each labored breath.

Too soon, Calla stood in nothing but a whisper of cloth.

“Leave us.”

Calla startled at his voice. The crones retreated. She turned toward him, feeling the weight of his leer from across the room. She steeled herself against it, her face a peaceful mask.

He sneered, a promise of what this night would hold. She shivered, but stood her ground. He stalked toward her as the door swung shut.

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[If you liked this flash fiction, you can “like” it here. I’m number 333. ^_^]


61 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. Deana Barnhart says:

    First off, the picture is gorgeous! No doubt about it, this would make a great novel. I say revisit it!

    Also I wanted to say hi! I am one of your dystopian campaign buddies. I know I’m pretty slow to getting around, but better late than never:)

  2. S.E. Sinkhorn (@maybegenius) says:

    Hello – I’m one of the judges for the first round of this challenge. I’m here to let you know that you’ve made the short list to go through to the next round. There will be another semi-final and then a final round before the winning entry is selected.


  3. shelleykoon says:

    Very powerful! I love the imagery in this. You have managed to convey a lot of information about this world and its inhabitants in very few words – nicely done!

  4. theliteraryshack says:

    Hey, that was honestly very cool 🙂 I also learnt a few things from your piece! The main aspect that made me love it was the dashing mystery about the whole scene that was presented. Great one 🙂

    • Liza Kane says:

      No, but she’s strong. Does it help that in one iteration, I had Calla kill him, and she stood trial for it wearing that red dress that marked her as a murderer?
      I liked your flash fiction–>great ending!

  5. Damyanti says:

    Suspense, dramatic tension, I like this piece. Hope you continue your WIP.

    And if you want to explore the story a bit further and receive encouragement on the way sign up for The Rule of Three Blogfest —a month-long shared-world fiction extravaganza in October with some great prizes, and of course, a lot of exposure for your writing. We would welcome Calla to the town of Renaissance!

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