Guess what, guys? It’s time for the first Campaign 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." (These words are also included in the word count.)
- For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!
The door swung open, and the blonde whipped her head around, squinting toward the bar’s hazy entrance.
She’d been perched on that stool for over an hour, swirling a swizzle stick through a diluted rum and coke. Her glossy curls were losing their hold, and the courage she’d painted on had smeared in a circle of mascara. There was no doubt about it—she’d been stood up.
The bartender studied her as he wrenched a dishtowel inside another lowball glass, his lips twitching into a grin. It wouldn’t be long now.
She turned back to the bar with a defeated sigh, her shoulders slumping forward. That was his cue.
“You know he’s not coming, right?”
“What?” She jerked her chin back in alarm. “How do you know?”
His gaze softened. “They never do, sweetheart.”
“B-But it was a blind date. My friend arranged it.”
Yeah, a friend he now owed twenty bucks. He threw the dishtowel on the counter. “Look, you shouldn’t have to sit around here all night. My shift is over. Why don’t you let me buy you a coffee or something?”
She eyed him for a moment and smiled. “...Okay.”
Yes, that was exactly 200 words. *Dies* I saw the word “challenge,” and felt compelled like Strider! (Gena Showalter reference, anyone?) Not my best work, but it was quick and fun!