Shadows crept across the wall, dancing in the firelight.
James tugged against his chains and screamed through his gag. No, not yet! I need more time!
The darkness wrapped itself around the wall, twisting, writhing. It approached the candle on the floor in the center of the small room and was motionless for a time, an unnatural shadow in the light.
Then, the shadow began to transform and grow up out of the stone floor. It twisted until it was in the form of a human, then it took on colour so that it resembled a handsome young man with flowing gold hair and a stern face.
The man pulled the gag from James's mouth. “Where is it?”
James turned his head away, shaking. “I don't know,” he gasped. “No-one ever told me.”
The man grabbed James by the chin and looked deep into his eyes. “Where?” His grip tightened.
“I don't know!” James cried through barred teeth. Pain exploded in his jaw.
“Then die.”The man stepped backwards and was absorbed by a swirling shadow. The room fell into darkness, leaving nothing but a dead man and a snuffed out candle.
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This is not the first time I've submitted an entry for a challenge in one of Rachael Harrie's campaigns with only fifteen minutes to go. Procrastination for the win. Anyway, here were the rules:
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!
I think mine came in at 199 words.
And if you'd like to vote for me, I'm entry 207!