So it’s time for the first challenge of the Platform-Building Campaign.
Here are the instructions:
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!
And here is my entry. 200 words. It was fun. 🙂
The door swung open and hit Jamie squarely in the nose. She bit back the curse and tiptoed into the dark room beyond. Pausing to listen, she thought it sounded like the big man was sleeping, but she wasn’t certain.
Willing herself to take her time and not rush the job, Jamie went to work. She’d spent the better part of a month eliminating the kinks in this scheme. Deftly, she attached mechanisms engineered just for this mission to each brass bedpost.
Midway through installing the last gizmo on the post nearest her prey’s head, the man grunted and a squeak of surprise escaped her. For one breathless moment she thought she it was over, but the man just rolled over.
Jamie tightened the last screw and the mechanism whirred quietly to life.
The trap was set.
Holding her breath, Jamie crept toward the door. Victory was hers.
Her foot had only just touched the threshold when the room flooded with light.
“You lose,” boomed a voice from behind.
The mechanisms detonated in a rainbow flash of colorful feathers and paint.
Her brother scowled at her, looking hilariously like a wet parrot.
Doubled in laughter, Jamie swung the door shut.