Monday 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 Shadows.
The breeze tiptoed through the branches disrupting the shadows that now danced across Terri’s face. She had been dozing lightly and opened her eyes from her spot beneath this grand old tree with young, nearly translucent leaves that were backlit by brilliant sunlight. She recognized the twitter of a cardinal and the sorrowful who-EW-who-who-who of the mourning dove and the sad answering call of a distant mate. She tracked the progress of a squirrel which made its way out to the impossibly thin tip of a branch and in a gravity defying performance jumped successfully to a neighboring tree. But the tears overcame her again as she ineffectually struggled against the stakes and ropes–holding her flat to the ground—that chaffed at her bloody wrists and ankles, as she wondered how many more days before she was found; and her mind turned over to inspect the infinitely more terrifying word “if.”
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If you enjoy flash fiction challenges stop by any time each week to participate in my writing challenge newly offered every Tuesday. Take your pick from two, yes that’s right, two different prompts that I will be providing right here weekly.