Okay, I so don't do this. I either write short, or I write long. And let's face it, my "short" stuff turns into 90,000 words.
But I signed up for this Campaign, and well, yeah. I signed up. (Click here for details on this challenge, and to vote for mine! I'm #110.)
So here's the challenge: 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)
The door swung open, releasing so many molecules of our precious oxygen. I blinked, but with heavy eyelids that took too long to open again.
Footsteps landed. Someone spoke. The pressure across my chest intensified as the room grew brighter and brighter.
“Help—Owen,” I managed, somehow remembering my brother had curled into the corner and gone to sleep while I futilely searched for a way out of the room.
“We've got him.” The voice floated around me, seared inside me, sliced through me. “We’ll be back for you.”
you, echoed through the room. I sucked down one last breath as the door swung shut.
One of my greatest fears is dying by suffocation. Can you tell? (Ha!) What's one of your greatest fears?