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.
- 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!
Shadows crept across the wall. I could no longer sleep. Exhausted, I had fallen asleep the second my head hit the pillow last night. Then I dreamed . . .
Dark mists swirled around me. I ran, calling out, searching frantically for my mother. Stumbling as I went, I narrowly avoided colliding with shadowy figures, some wandering aimlessly, others desperately searching as I am.
She turned and saw me across the dark abyss. She reached out to me, and an unknown force pulled us apart.
I awoke abruptly. I was alone. Reality returned. My mother is dead.
Long dark hours pass as I lie awake. Finally the darkness fades.
Slipping out of bed, my feet pad across the cool wooden floor. I quietly lift the blinds and watch rosy orange light creep up the horizon of the fading darkness. The black night is over. A sliver of hope embeds itself in my heart. Maybe, just maybe, life will be ok.
A heavy tiredness engulfs my body. Noiselessly I slip across the room and back into bed. Curling up under my comforter, I close my eyes and will sleep to come again. Breathing deeply, my body relaxes, and everything fades.
This is entry number 122 on Rachel's Linky.