Friday! I love Fridays, don’t you? First, I’d like to put a big shout out to my new followers. I plan to pay you all a visit when I get back from my writer’s retreat. What retreat you ask? Well, I am currently holed up by myself in an undisclosed location for an entire week to work on editing my book without distraction. Doesn’t that sound delightful? It would be more delightful if the herd of elephants in the room above me would stop practicing their ballet. But that’s alright. I can work through it. After all, look at the beautiful view outside!
The place I checked into has inspired a little piece of flash fiction. NO, seriously, it totally did. And I took the pictures myself. Can’t you tell? *snickers*
Alrighty then. Without further ado, to the flash fiction …
The place wasn’t what she expected, but it would do. All she really needed was to be alone – undisturbed. This should certainly fit the bill.
It had been a long day. Drives of such distance always managed to suck the energy right out of her. Laying exhausted on the bed, everything around creaked and moaned. It was far from peaceful.
Spring Break. That’s what the clerk in the checkout line had grumbled in his frustration over the grocery store’s low staffing. All the rooms around her must now be alive with the excitement of a fun-filled week off. Whereas she only wanted to crash.
Yet, she found it hard to do with the ceramic eyes piercing through the dark, watching her. They were disturbing – unnerving. In all her years of travel she had never seen anything like this. These ceramic critters were everywhere.
Closing her eyes wearily, she tried to push the thoughts away, but the shuffles and thumps from the other units were so clear they almost sounded like they were in the same room with her. Visions of old Twilight Zone episodes flashed through her head.
Ceramic squirrels jumping on the bed. Although the bed didn’t move. Ceramic deer tight at her head. Yet there was not a breath in her hair. Do ceramic creatures breath? With a snap she’s up and the light is on. All is as it should be.
Silly over active imagination. Letting out a sigh of relief she flips the light off and forces herself into a comfortable slumber. No more will she worry about the impossible. Yet unusual dreams fill her night.
With the rise of the sun she stumbles out of bed, oblivious to the frozen deer behind her. Shuffling into the bathroom she’s frozen by the sight. The two stone critters on the counter have somehow managed to get into her breakfast cereal.
Welcome to my temporary home away from home. Guess what, the critters don’t actually get up and move in the middle of the night. But they did inspire this little ditty. Hope you had fun. 😉
Now for the challenge! I hope you feel like playing. Take any of my pictures from this piece and write a flash fiction for next week. Make sure to let me know. Share the link with me by Thursday at noon so I may include it in Friday’s post. I look forward to seeing lots of creativity at work. Good luck!
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