This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. This week’s photo prompt was provided by me! Thank you PJ for choosing it. The challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. I hope you like my offering.
Eahlwyn stumbled to a halt, dropping to her knees on wet sand as the golden light slowly faded.
She could hardly believe it had worked.
The shouts and screams that had echoed in horrendous symphony were gone, banished like passing storm clouds into the past. She dragged in ragged breaths, battling against the sobs that shook her body as she glanced behind, half expecting to see the large figure barrelling after her still – but the expanse of beach was empty.
The attack had taken them all by surprise: their meagre defences overrun before many even realised the danger; blood soaking the ground. Only Eahlwyn’s arcane abilities had shielded the remaining villagers as they fled to safety. Unfortunately, she’d left her own escape too late. With her leering pursuer rapidly gaining ground, only a single option had remained
She’d opened a gateway to the future.
As Ealhwyn stared at the strange buildings that had replaced her familiar village, at the roaring monsters rushing past, her horror grew.
Had she simply replaced one nightmare with another?
Word Count: 175
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