This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s photo prompt was provided by Dawn M. Miller. Thank you Dawn! The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like it.
What Lies Beyond
“For centuries we’ve lived in tyranny!” The voice had been bell-like, an awakening chime over the rally. “We’ve huddled behind city walls, believing their lies, for too long. Are we children to believe in monsters lurking in the wilderness?”
With the passionate words of the protest leader echoing through his mind, Marcus stared excitedly through the broken panel at the forbidden land beyond. The covered walkways that connected the city and outlying compounds had been growing increasingly dilapidated lately but he’d never expected to find a hole large to climb through.
“The ruling council wants to keep us living in fear but it is in the wilderness that we can find our freedom!”
Barely hesitating, he scrambled through and dropped to the ground below.
He didn’t see his attacker – merely felt the impact as it forced him to the ground. Sharp claws tore through flesh. Pain ricocheted, an agonised cry wrenching from his throat.
The smug face of the high-councillor swam into view. “Maybe they’ll believe in monsters now.”
His world faded to black.
Word Count: 175
This story was very hard to write in only 175 words! I’ve written and re-written it five or six times, not to mention edited this final version down from nearly 250 words. It was supposed to have been posted yesterday but, well – that didn’t happen. I hope you all like it. I also hope it makes sense…
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