Much of the inspiration for this, came from the repeated phrase “I will not sit and wait for a break in the clouds” from the stunning track “Break in the clouds” by Frightened Rabbit. It literally started playing as I sat down to write, and unconsciously I’d taken a counterpoint perspective. I then got a few paragraphs in and realised it was turning into a poor imitation of H.G.’s Well’s – Time Machine and decided to have some fun with it.
I must admit I struggled to come up with a different take on this one, I found it difficult to get past the primeval idea that the shadow was a reptile or arachnid, poised to strike. Let’s just say I spent a little too long staring at this hole.
Another writing prompt. One I’ve set myself based on an intriguing BBC article – The mystery of screaming schoolgirls in Malaysia. Well worth a read. It’s a fascinating phenomenon that appears to bridge the gap between folklore and the modern world. Fertile ground for a good tale if ever I’ve heard one.
This is my entry to the first round of the NYC Midnight’s Flash Fiction 2019 Challenge. This is a yearly competition for writers from around the world (over 3700+ of them) to create a 1000 word short fictional story in 48 hours based on 3 random prompts – a genre, a location and an object.