First Campaigner Challenge!


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The time has come for my First Campaigner Challenge, woot!!! The Challenge is:

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!
My lovely attempt is below and sits at exactly 200 words.

Shadows crept across the wall.

I sat up in bed, my covers drawn to my chin. I shivered from the cold…and fear. Please, tell me he hasn’t found me again.  I stared at the patch of stumpwork roses on my coverlet.  No.  He couldn’t have. The fortress is protected.  I saw the sorcerer, Graffus, weave the spell himself.  But what else could project its winged shadow on the solar walls?

I threw the covers off and tiptoed to the window, the stone floor like ice against my bare feet.  The castle rose like a giant spiked beast from the ground in the moonlight.  It was the first time I’d seen the stronghold from this vantage point since I arrived yesterday morning. The Baroness and her handmaiden found me alongside the road to Coryt, battered and near death, a victim of his attack.  I don’t remember much of what happened, just strong arms and beautiful but dangerous green eyes.

Footsteps pounded the hall and stopped outside my door.  I spun around, my breath caught in my chest.

“Who’s there?” I shouted.

The door opened.  The last thing I saw were those green eyes and a breath of orange flame.

Everything faded.

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56 thoughts on “First Campaigner Challenge!

  1. Very nice and atmospheric. Like others have said, it sounds like part of a larger work and it’s fun to leave the reader to imagine the rest of the story – I think that’s a mark of a successful flash piece.

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  2. How do you find the time to do it all! Blogging, mothering, writing a novel, taking on these sporadic challenges that arise during the week! You are a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Jenny Keller-Ford 🙂

    Great story! (I would have used every last word, too!)

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    1. And you are pure light and inspiration, not to mention, great for my ego! 🙂 Hope you are having a splendid day. It’s beautiful here in sunny Florida. In fact, I think I’ll take a walk. 🙂

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    1. thanks. I still haven’t gained full control of flash fiction. I can’t seem to keep my thoughts down to 200 words. I always want to keep going. That’s why these exercises are so good at honing certain skills. Thanks for dropping by!

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      1. Sorry, I’ve been away for a while. I too find flash fiction terribly hard to do, but I find that my everyday writing gets better when I try. So keep working on it. 😉

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