This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. This week’s prompt was provided by Uday . Thank you Uday!
The moment Tessa saw the strange doorway her world shifted out of focus. Thoughts stumbled, mired in tar; her surroundings faded to insignificance. She moved through a dreamlike haze, footsteps drawn inexorably closer until fingertips brushed wood. The door opened before her and she stepped inside.
“What do you wish to create?” a voice intoned.
Tessa’s mind cleared. Heart racing and mouth suddenly dry, she retreated as a figure emerged from the shadows. “I… What?”
“All who find this place have something they wish to create.”
Images flashed, unbidden, through Tessa’s mind: a partner by her side; a child in her arms; a happy, loving family. It was as if the album of her deepest desires was rifled through by curious fingers.
“Ah. A perfect life.” The figure appeared at her side. Bony fingers touched her forehead.
The world dissolved.
“You coming, Tess?”
Michael’s voice jolted Tessa from her revery. Smiling, she scooped their daughter into her arms and hurried to his side.
“Beware,” a voice whispered, “for even a perfect image bears shadows.”
Word Count: 175
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