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Friday, August 20, 2010

Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 1 ......... The Friday Flash Fiction Post

 Okay, ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to present my first response to the Monday Morning Flash Fiction Challenge.

We all remember the image that Amy (head over an check out her flash fiction challenge post) provided for us..... scary, isn't it?


All In A Day's Work
by Dottie Taylor
word count:  350

Shel looked out of the glassless window, long since boarded up. So many years lost, he shook his head, his day of redemption had come.

He strolled to the back of the house, peering out at the bleak mossy landscape, the only evidence of life.

He headed back to the front of old house, glanced up at the long staircase, whole pieces of steps missing. He wondered at it's safety, the whole damn place looked like it was going to fall down, probably on his head. He grimaced, putting a foot on the riser, it seemed solid enough, he balanced his weight. Slowly, he climbed the moldering steps to where it all began. The curse, the promise, his life.

He reached for the bag that had became his constant companion. He gathered the stole, kissing the smooth fabric, and placed it around his collar. Next, the cross and the tiny bottles, long ago blessed.

He waited and watched from the corner of the last room, the only one with a door, the rest shredded as with maniacal claws. He had the patience of a Saint it was said by those who had once known him. He felt the floor rumble and tilt, and as he gazed into emptiness, the blackest of souls appeared.

“Ego profugus vos ex is vicis, is locus. Vomica de infusco nox noctis, tergum ut bestia adepto vos.” (I banished thee from this time, this place. Cursed of the blackest night, back to the beast get thee.)

As the soul became trapped within the room, Shel picked up the small bottles and began the ritual cleansing. With each splash, the floor shook and quaked, and he chanted louder, until the blackness spoke.

“Forgive me Father, for I am going to sin.” And with a roar of wicked laughter, it jerked Shel from the floor, swallowing him whole, in one mighty bite.

Moments later, the darkness convulsed, shimmered, then shattered into millions of shining shards.

“I hate that when it happens.” Shel smiled, shook his clothes, grabbed his bag, and left the house, promise fulfilled.



If you participated in our flash fiction challenge, and would like EVERYONE to get a chance to read it, leave me a link, send me an email (gymmom_027@yahoo.com), carrier pigeon message me... and I'll add your link to the post!

Remember to come back and join us next Monday for another interesting image, another flash fiction challenge... the only question.... are you up to it??

Ciao Bella!!

14 comments:

Amy C said...

All in a Days Work...And it was all in a days work :D

I love it, Dottie!

You and B both had me with you're endings.

And Shel, I sure would like to know more about him and how he came into his profession!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Dottie, I loved it. That last line made the whole thing. Very nice.
:-)

Blodeuedd said...

Nice one Dottie :)
and I see that you found my link on Amy's place. I wrote it down fast before going to my parents and made dinner,

Now this was fun, and I am looking forward to next week

Michelle Greathouse said...

Dottie,

That was great. :) I can't wait to head over to Amy's and B's and see what they wrote.

Here is my mine:

http://michellesramblins.blogspot.com/2010/08/flash-fiction-friday-week-1.html

Pixie said...

Very compelling and exciting. Nicely done, Dottie. :)

Pixie

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Amy!

I should have titled it All in a Day's Work, and a Night, and then the Next Morning. LOL It was the day that wouldn't end.

I'm even having trouble typing this morning. Too groggy....

I love your piece, btw! Excellent!

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Sia!

Thanks sweetie! Are you going to play with us? We're going to try to do this once a week. LOL I figure it will be good for me, if I can work through the exhaustion that is!! It's been one of those days already!

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi B!

Yep, picked up your link and posted it!

I love that Realtor piece, lol, I was totally saying, don't go in the house little girl... Too much fun!

Can't wait to see next week....

((hugs sweetie))

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Michelle!

This was too much fun, lol, I loved your character, Cooper. Who knew that the evil was going to get her??

LOL! Superb! Loved it!

Waiting for next week now....

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Pixie!

You wouldn't believe my day yesterday, it was another soul sucker, in fact, I'm pretty sure that I'm missing a piece, completely sucked dry. LOL!!

Thanks sweetie! You can play along too if you'd like, I'd love to see what you come up with!

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Amy C said...

Yes, the realtor! B's ending made me laugh that 'damn-she-got-me' laugh!

I hope today is a better day for you, Dottie...no more life sucking moments :).

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Houston A.W. Knight said...

Dottie!

Awesome work here! Love the voice and the style!

Great writing! Love the story...now give us the rest! ;-) I want to know what happens!

big hugs
Hawk

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Hawk!

Thanks, we're going to try to do this once a week, or maybe every two weeks depending on how school goes for Amy, why do you give it a try? It's kind of fun and only takes a few minutes... who knows, it could be a story starter for you!

Dottie :)

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