The challenge: 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!
Mine is from my Urban Fantasy universe, Riding With Strangers
and is 200 words. If you like it you can head here
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I'm #223Tough Night on the Job
The door swung open. At the sight of Detective Savage on his doorstep, Hikaru stumbled back a step, his breath rushing in. Savage’s red face, sweat glistening in the porch light’s beam, wasn’t so unusual in the Florida heat. It was the haunted blues eyes staring at Hikaru that made him shudder. A stench clung to the detective, thick, cloying. It was a scent that kicked the reptilian brain hard, making Hikaru’s pulse race.
“Liam, what’s wrong?”
Hikaru’s lover pushed past him. “I didn’t mean to stop so late. Saw your light.” Liam ran a hand through his blond hair. “I only have a few hours, then have to get back to work. Family annihilator, killed her husband and three kids.”
Those words momentarily stole Hikaru’s capacity for speech. He put his hand on Liam’s shoulder. “How does anyone kill their own kids?” Hikaru asked.
“You’re the hundred-year-old dragon. You’ve seen it all. You tell me.” Liam held up his hand. “Sorry, that’s not fair. I…need a moment.”
Hikaru put his arms around Liam, holding his lover tight. “You need to rest and shut the world out a little.” With a nudge of his toe, the door swung shut.