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.Sounds like fun, right? Well, my story is exactly 200 words and opens and close with "The door swung open." (I know it doesn't end with shut but opens fits with the story.) I hope you like it! If you do, click here to vote for mine! I'm #70.
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!
The door swung open. Simon entered the stuffy attic and sneezed. He wiped the snot on his sleeve and glanced around.
He opened the closest trunk. To his disappointment, there were only old clothes inside.
A loud rumble of thunder sounded, and Simon jumped, almost hitting his head on the low ceiling.
Toward the back of the attic, Simon found a tiny trinket box on a small, round pedestal. A bright, red light shone, radiating from a stone nestled on the soft velvet material inside the box.
The attic door opened, and Simon slammed the box shut and whirled around. "Hi, G-grandpa."
"Whatcha doing?" His grnadpa puffed from his pipe, and smoke encircled around his head.
Grandpa smiled and winked. He nodded toward the box. "There are some treasures up here, that's to be sure. But sometimes, treasure comes with a price." With that, Grandpa turned around and left.
A price? Simon didn't like the sound of that. He hurried after his grandpa and closed the attic door behind him.
But he couldn't stop thinking about the stone. A short time later, he found himself near the attic door. Would the price be worth it?
The door swung open.