The following is a sample of flash fiction. The rules of the challenge were as follows:
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count)
For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!
Here's my entry. I took on the extra challenges. It begins and ends with the given words and the length is exactly 200 words. Enjoy
"The door swung open with a crash, half from her fury, half from the fury of the storm outside. By the look on her face, she was bringing as much of the storm inside as she could. She reached into her coat, pulled a large black object out and slammed it to the table. All the while, she's staring me down with a look that could've cut glass."
"What’d she slam on the table?"
"A gun! A goddamn gun! In my house! This woman walks into my house, drenched to the core, pulls out a gun and slams it on my dining room table. The rain dripped off her face and her lips quivered with rage."
"What'd she say?"
"Nothing at first. Just a solid stare. Not even sure she was breathing. I said, 'Hi.' She said nothing. Just kept on staring. I shrugged my shoulders. She says, 'He's dead and it's your fault.'"
"Damned if I knew. I’d never seen her before in my life. But, she looked me down like we’d had history. Bad history.”
“What’d she do then?”
“Turned on her heels and left. Walked back out into the storm.”
“The door swung shut.”