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!
Here’s mine — 200 words.
On Her OwnThe door swung open. The shop seemed airless, today, suffocating in the heat, the air thick with dust motes floating in the shafts of light. Today, despite its agonizing length, was still only half over. Nia walked ahead of him through the shop toward the back office. She was aware of him behind her, aware of his gait and posture, which suddenly seems unnatural, too stiff.
The pain was building inside her so that she was actually clutching her stomach. It was so physical that it actually hurt. She needed to talk to someone. She’d never been much for talking to anyone before; she’d always believed she could solve her own problems. But, this time she knew she couldn’t. Now she was on her own. She remembered how they’d looked at her, eyes full of concern. She didn’t want to be pitied by them, not ever.
She felt the hot tears sting her eyes again and she clenched her jaws. I will not let him make me cry, she told herself as she walked into the back office.
In the window glass ahead of her, she can see a reflection of the two of them, as the door swung shut.
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