Five Sentence Fiction — Purple

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Purple.

Here is my offering:

It was dark beyond belief. Eyes closed or open made no difference giving him a true sense of what blindness might be like and it was only when he pressed at his eyes with the heels of his hands that he could see anything—little explosions of deep orange and dark purple that sparked behind his lids. A stick-like scrabble prickled along the flare of his neck just inside the collar and he slapped and clawed spastically but urgently at the source, sure that it was some sort of hideous insect that would inflict unimaginable pain, the beginning of a prolonged and agonizing, swollen death. From somewhere off in the distance the scream of a creature, sounding all the world like a tortured young girl, knifed through the night stabbing at his ears as his imagination conjured up sharp, complicated implements, flecked with gore, in the hands of some greasy-haired madman. He was lost, alone, and it was dark beyond belief.

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illustration: Travis Millard

7 comments on “Five Sentence Fiction — Purple

  1. Have mercy! What in the world happened? You communicated fear and darkness well. My word

  2. Scary! Brilliant descriptions. Really enjoyed reading!

  3. Very sensory, and pretty terrifying! Wouldn’t want to be there…

  4. The terror of total darkness very aptly described! I love your reference to the purple bursts of light we see behind closed eyelids… I love to watch them dancing before I fall asleep at night!

  5. That would be great wallpaper for a kid’s room!

  6. Scary!!! Loved the images this piece conjured up. I shivered at the thoughts of the hideous insect. A great read!

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