April 9, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that declares, shield your face. It can be a knight of old, a doctor, or a senior citizen. What is the circumstance? Who makes the declaration? Go where the prompt leads!
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As the screaming woman continued yelling, the head on the body besides her rose and turned towards Sophie.
“Shield your face,” it yelled, “don’t allow her to take control.”
Two floors above, Doug was stunned by Clarice’s words. “Sophie poisoned me?” he demanded. Tears formed in the corner of his eyes, forcing him to shield his face from Clarice.
Two floors below, having collapsed to the floor, the shooting pains Mike experienced abruptly stopped. As he continued to look up, he watched as a bright light took the place of the woman’s face, forcing him to shield his eyes.
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Written in response to the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.
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35 thoughts on “Shielding #flashfiction”
This is a true Hugh story! I love it. Just went over to refresh the story. It’s becoming a great book 🙂 ❤
Thanks, Debby. It’s becoming a bit of a novella, and I have no idea when it’s going to end. I’m glad I now have the whole story (so far) available to read on my blog. We’ll have to wait and see how far the story goes. I wonder if I’ll know when to write ‘The End’ on it?
I think you will know. But also, you can revise it as a novella when it’s done, explaining how the story originated, but edited to tailor as a novella, expanded from the original 99 word original version. Kind of like a rough draft for the story?
Sounds good, Debby. I’ll definitely keep it all in mind. I’ve just seen this week’s prompt from Charli, so my mind is already working on the next part of the story.
And we await! 🙂 x
Oh boy – the heads are spooking me out!
I hope we find out who the head belongs too.
Ooooh I love this, Hugh! I’m thinking, “And then???” More, more!! 😉 Cher xo
I’m so glad you’re enjoying this little story of mine which is turning into a bit of a novella, Cher.
More next week, as soon as Charli has announced the next prompt.
Hugs to you.
Well I shall wait with anticipation as to what prompt Charli announces, Hugh! Thank you! Cher xo
ok so three in 99 words… that’s showing off. Mind you what happens when eventually they look?
That will very much depend on Charli’s next prompt. This story is in her hands (as well as mine).
That’s a triple shield, Hugh. Well done.
Thank you. An easy prompt for me to get all three characters doing, Norah. Action prompts seem to be a little easier to work with than prompts that are physical objects.
That’s an interesting observation, Hugh. I’ll have to see how the prompts work for you in the future.
I can see what inspired the prompt but your spin is intriguing as several have mentioned. I wonder if the unicorn on the shield in the image will play out further in your saga, Hugh!
I never noticed the unicorn until you mentioned it, Terri. Given how bizarre this story is getting, a unicorn may fit in nicely.
Hugh, you can master anything and twist it into the storyline! I like the supernatural feel and the blooming mystery.
Give me a prompt, and my mind goes into overdrive, Charli. Thank you for all the excellent prompts.
Yay, another great take, Hugh!
Thank you, Erika.
You are welcome 😊
Incredibly well done, Hugh! Luckily, you have created enough crazy stuff going on for which “shielding” of the eyes is required. 🙂 I like your new tab/link to the entire story. Good idea!
Well, you gave me the idea for that new link to the whole story when you mentioned adding the prompt to the post, Liesbet. So, thank you for that. Now I just need to find out if there is a way to create a pingback to The Newlyweds ‘page’. I’m working on it, but may need to seek some help some the Happiness Engineers.
I don’t know how you come up with all of this, Hugh.
Very, very clever!
I sometimes struggle with it, Donna. However, this week, this part of the story flowed like a river.
“intrigued’ is good.
Another twist in the tale!!
And probably many more to come.
Well done, Hugh. These are all clever.
Thank you. I’m enjoying the challenge of not knowing what Charli’s next prompt will be.