To seek out new life and new civilizations…
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 goes (no title, because I used all my brain power to write the story):
The door swung open. No, it didn’t. His mind was playing tricks. He yawned and checked his watch. It was past midnight. Past curfew. He knew that boy was no good when he didn’t even bother to come inside, just honked. And his little girl rushed out of the house without even so much as a goodbye. Wasn’t it only yesterday she was wearing pig-tails and calling him daddy?
He jumped to his feet.
Nope, still closed.
Maybe if he rested his eyes for a minute, he’d wake up refreshed…
He was asleep when she eased the front door open, heels in hand, hair swept to one side to cover the hickey. She paused to look at him on the couch, head drooping forward, snoring. She’d change into pajamas and come back down to pull a blanket over him.
Halfway up the stairs, her cell phone buzzed and she answered, smiling, the voice on the other end saying he already missed her. She giggled at the sweet words and he jolted awake on the couch, heard her laughter, felt relieved she was home safe.
He went to say good night, but reached her room just as the door swung shut.
And, as if it’s not already apparent I watch an insane amount of TV, this is what immediately came to mind when I heard the word “Challenge!”