Juliet had watched all day as each woman went through the door that only unlocked itself on Leap Day.
Some came back smiling, while others would come back through the door crying.
Now it was her turn, and Glenn was waiting on the other side.
“Yes” was the word she heard when she proposed, but Juliet never came back through the door.
People waited for her, and there was still no sign of her four years later.
The two women married each other. Juliet had stayed so she could rest in peace with her beloved Glenn.
Written in response to the Beyond The Door challenge set by Sue Vincent at Daily Echo and the Writespiration #81:’ When Something’s Not What It Seems’ challenge set by Sacha Black.
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53 thoughts on “The Leap Day Door”
Ooh what a great twist! Fantastic response to the photo prompt as someone else commented you told a lot of story in 100 words! Well done. KL ❤
Thank you very much KL. Glad you enjoyed it. I’ve another piece of flash fiction coming up very soon. 😀
Fascinating photo (where is that?) and great story Hugh, love it 🙂
Hi Sherri, I’m not sure where the door is. The photo was taken by Sue Vincent at the Daily Echo who used it as a prompt for a writing challenge.
Glad you enjoyed the story. It’s the shortest short story I have wrtitten…so far. 😀
What a wonderful story–a joy to read! 🙂
Thanks, Tonya. Glad you enjoyed reading it. 😀
Thanks, Kim. I enjoyed the challenge very much. It always helps when there’s a photo involved.
Yes, I have to have an image with every post I write. 🙂
I like your story, Hugh – I took a trip through the door as well, quite an inspiring photo, don’t you think? 🙂
Thanks very much, Helen. Yes, it’s a great photo. Would be a great photo for Norm’s Thursday Doors.
Great story, Hugh, short but full of meaning and potential!
Thanks very much, Terri. I could have easily expanded and made more of this little tale. However, I wanted to jump to the challenge that both Sue and Sacha set. I am pleased with the result.
Marvelous, Hugh! It puts me in mind of part of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.
That’s a huge compliment. Thanks so much Teagan.
Thank you. 😀
Reblogged this on Daily Echo and commented:
Another one for the photo prompt, this time from Hugh…
Thank you. 😀
I admit that it wasn’t till I read the comments that I realised Glenn (should have realised by the spelling) was female (it confused me reading that 2nd last sentence, I felt that I had missed part of the story somewhere). Liked the story though, and can sympathise with the ending. Well done Hugh.
Thank you, Claudette. Sacha’s challenge was to write about something that was not what it seems. That’s why I put that sneaky name of Glenn into the story 😀
Then it worked 🙂
It may have been short Hugh, but it was typical ‘a la Hugh’ style. 🙂 Loved it! 🙂
Thanks, Debby. I had to push myself with this challenge given the number of words I could use.
Lol, certainly a tough challenge for you Hugh. 🙂
A great flash. Hugh.
Thanks very much, Michelle. 😀
Loved it Hugh! Such an unexpected ending! Fantastic Flash indeed! 😀😁
Thanks, Ali. Glad you enjoyed it. It seems to have gone down quite well.
All your stories go down well!
I love the brevity of your story Hugh! And… they lived happily ever after! ❤
Thanks, Colleen. Lived happily ever after? Well, I guess they did even though they were no longer part of the real world on the original side of the door. 😍
Now Hugh, that can be a good thing. 😊❤️
I’ve never tried flash fiction myself, however you did quite well Hugh. I love a happy ending!
Thanks Beverley. This is the shortest short story I’ve ever written and I ran out of words. 😟
I love that door, it’s a great prompt for a story. Nice one, Hugh 🙂
Yes, thanks to Sue Vincent for posting the photo and setting the challenge. 100 words is not much to go with, but I hope I got the story over.
You did 🙂
Read a couple of stories in response to this now. Cracking story Hugh 💖
Arr ta, Sacha. I wasn’t entirely sure it fitted your challenge, so that’s why I gave one of the women a name so many would think Glenn was a man.
It does indeed – the thing is, its totally up to you where you take the prompt. Sometimes I intend on sticking to someones prompt and I end up as far left field as you can get and completely off prompt. I just think its wonderful when anyone participates 😀 ❤
Agreed, on all accounts. 😀
Great story Hugh! You managed to say such a lot in those few words 🙂
Thanks, Judy. It was tough only being able to use 100 words or less. I’ve been racking my brain all week for a Leap Day story. Then I saw this door and challenge on Sue’s blog and a story came to me. I could have probably made the story longer but didn’t want to get myself too carried away.
I loved that little door, and you turned it into a great story, Hugh. 🙂
Wonderful, Hugh! Thank you so much for joining in 🙂
You’re welcome, Sue. A great challenge which produced the shortest short story I’ve ever written. 😀
Well, it seems to have worked out nicely 🙂