The Leap Day Door

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.

Image Credit: Sue Vincent: The Daily Echo

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53 thoughts on “The Leap Day Door

  1. 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 ❤

    1. 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. 😀

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

      1. 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 😀 ❤

    1. 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.

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