Here are the directions:
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!
Okay, so I knew if I was going to do this I would have to do it right. So of course I was going to do exactly 200 words and use the ending words, too.
I also knew this was going to be a challenge because short is so not my thing. I am the wordiest mofo around and I always use 4,826 words to say what I could say in 3.
But I managed to put something together. So here it is in all of its 200 word glory. (FYI, the original version was 385 words. Heh.)
The door swung open, and all thirty-seven students in Chem turned in their seats.
Except me. I knew it was you.
My eyes drilled into my sloppy notes, covered with plans for what I would do to you next. It was your turn, but I needed to prepare, since I never knew when you’d strike. Apparently it was now, and after what I did to you yesterday in gym, I braced for the worst.
“Sorry to interrupt, Mrs. Reyes.” You paused, obviously struggling to keep your voice under control. “Is Kate Ngyuen here?”
I heard everyone turn toward me, but I kept staring at my notes like the lecture never stopped, like you hadn’t come in to completely humiliate me.
Then you were right there. Your Vans nudged my backpack in my peripheral vision.
“Your mom dropped these off with the nurse, Kate. I guess it’s an emergency.” Something thudded onto my notebook.
A box of Depends undergarments. On my desk. In the middle of Chem.
Dang, that was good.
The class erupted in laughter, but I wouldn’t let you see me react. And I was already planning my next prank in our little war as the door swung shut.
That was actually pretty fun. And it was a nice little warm up as I'm about to dive into some pretty heavy revisions on my WIP. (Hopefully the last round...cross your fingers!)
Go check out the other Campaigners over at Rach's blog. There are a lot of fun entries out there!