The first Campaigner Challenge has been posted! The challenge is as follows:
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!
So below is my entry. It’s 200 words exactly. It is in the same genre I normally write (YA fantasy) and it ends with “everything faded.” This is the first flash fiction I’ve written and keeping myself to 200 words was definitely a challenge. But this was really fun! I hope you enjoy it.
Farewell to a Placement
Shadows crept across the wall. The frail woman in the bed took her last breaths. Susanna held her hand as tears fell. Such a human reaction. This was the hardest part of the Placement Program. She clenched a letter in her other hand. Her “mother” told her not to read it until she passed but Susanna knew what it said. An apology from the old woman for adopting during the great depression and without giving her a father. She feared she hadn’t given Susanna the life she deserved.
Susanna wished she could have told the woman the truth. Of all the placements over her millennia with the Program, this was her favorite. The joy she brought to people as an adoptee across the universe was why she worked with the Program. But this time? She had beautiful memories of her own. Time spent in the garden with her “mother,” canning vegetables, simply enjoying the land were memories Susanna would relish for years, no matter which planet she was sent to next.
She waited for the Director to collect her for her next placement. She didn’t have to wait long. She felt the shift in the room and then everything faded.
I hope you liked it! I am #173 on Rachael’s linky list!