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!
I don't know how it'll turn out, but I had fun doing it. I managed to complete all three aspects of the challenge, all before having coffee, which is pretty incredible for me. So, without further ado, here it is!
The door swung open, revealing the chaos within. No light existed in this vacuum, the light from the hallway bulb fighting to illuminate the space. The stench of something long forgotten wafted up from the floor, assaulting nostrils and offending sensibilities. I feared what I might find as I contemplated the unthinkable: entering.
Perhaps I was over thinking things. As far as I knew, no one had entered the door and failed to return. All I had to do was go in, complete my task, and get out. Simple, right?
But I didn’t do well with small, enclosed spaces. I didn’t do well with manual labor. And this job combined the two in a place that scared me. It needed to be done, though. I rolled up my sleeves, took a deep breath, and entered.
I looked around the area. Games were on the top shelf, clothes were stuffed into every conceivable corner, and an old bowling ball of my dad’s threatened to fall off a shelf in the corner. One small bump is all it would take. It would land on my foot and break it.
Enough. I was out of this closet. Behind me, the door swung shut.
That's it. Questions? Comments? Ways to improve? All are welcome. My entry is number 17-- don't forget to "like" it if you do, in fact, like it.