Tuesday, April 5, 2022

#AtoZChallenge D is for Doors #flashfiction Drabble

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:

The WEP team has accepted the challenge to write for the A – Z. This time we’re playing tag with the letter “D”. We’ve decided D is for Door/s. As we’re lovers of #flashfiction, we’re writing in the form of “Drabble” = flash fiction of exactly 100 words. (Yolanda Renee is on hiatus).
WEP 2022

Behind the Door

I’ll be lighthearted some time and peer in -
behind the door will be the ball you forgot,
neat hooks to hang things, walls that look too clean -
except a backpack-shaped amorphous spot
where that hung for years. A square rim of grime
will mark out a photoframe and passing time.
I’ll be lighthearted someday again between
your coming and going, growing, nothing caught
on the wardrobe shutters, bedclothes pristine.
Just some odd scraps of poems I once wrote
for some vanished milestone, in half-slant rhyme
will claw at my days and at passing time.

Nilanjana is a bi-lingual writer, blogger and market researcher. She specialises in poetry, panic and tinkering with bucket lists. Her physical address keeps changing now and then but thankfully her online home is constant at Madly-in-Verse.

They Told Her

She sat in front of the hedge where everyone told her there wasn’t a door. It didn’t lead to anywhere other than the neighbour’s yard. And Mr. and Mrs. Harrison wouldn’t appreciate either a hole in their hedge or a girl’s footprints on their perfect grass.

They told her the hedge was made only of leaves and branches. They told her there wasn’t a land full of wonder and magic beyond. They rolled their eyes and laughed. There definitely wasn’t a door in the hedge.

She pushed to her feet and opened the door anyway.

Jemi Fraser writes small-town romantic suspense stories filled with heart and humour.

Behind the Basement Door

It's also inspired by real life tornados that went through my state recently.
Huddled under the table, Mable cuddled into her mama’s side. The basement door rattled 
on its hinges. The wind howled.
Mama stroked her hair. “It’ll be okay, baby girl. The storm will pass soon.”
Mable knew what a tornado was. She’d seen pictures of them and the damage they could do. 
She never dreamed she would have to hide from one.
She covered her ears as the roar outside grew louder. She couldn’t block it out no 
matter how hard she tried.
The storm would pass soon, she hoped, but what would await them when 
they opened that basement door?

L.G. Keltner writes many things, though primarily sci-fi, while also caring for 
her energetic children. She lives in a small town in Iowa.

Romi Ran

Romi ran. If the enemies caught her, they would shoot her. Their boots trampled behind the corner, loud in the silence of the night. The houses stood dark, afraid. She didn’t dare knock on doors. Nobody would let her in, not against the occupants’ orders. Suddenly, stairs to a basement yawned in a narrow lane between two houses. At the bottom of the short staircase, choked with garbage, a half-door was ajar. Romi stumbled down and crawled in. She pushed the door shut, leaned on it. The enemies’ boots slapped past, their barrage receding. Safe for now. She started shaking.

Olga Godim is a speculative fiction writer from Vancouver, Canada. 
When she doesn’t write, she reads and makes book covers.

Vampire Hunter

The crumbling bricks of the castle behind me, I happen upon a twisting stone path below street level. I follow its twists and turns, sheltered by branches above which shake and whisper in the evening breeze. I imagine they warn: beware. The moon gives enough light for me to see. Around the curve, a door appears.  I stop. Look. See no one. See no thing. Where does this door lead? The hairs on my arms raise. To the subterranean tunnels beneath the surface where the vampires live? I feel the heft of steel in my hand. I push open the door.

Denise Covey is an Australian author of contemporary and paranormal romance. When she’s not dreaming up stories based on her travels, she loses herself in the pages of books.

Do you ever write flash fiction?

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nashvillecats2 said...

Another excellent post. suprising what do go on behind doors.


ladyleemanila said...

great post :)

Dino said...

D is for Dad, my hero

Lady In Read said...

Loved everything about this post.. each and every flash fiction and poem was so wonderful. My D post is here

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Such a treat!

Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: D

Crackerberries said...

Good morning,
It reminds me of that game show with Monty Hall, Let's Make a Deal, what is behind Door #1 or maybe you would like Door #2. Door #3 might be the donkey? Either way it's Discovering Discernment

Have a great day everyone.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Nope, not a flash fiction author. I admire those who can tap into that creative side of their brain. Thanks for hosting. Happy A2Zing, folks!


Timothy S. Brannan said...

Flash Fiction? No. I know what my talents are and fiction writing is not my best.

For my "D" a slight shift today. I CAN'T talk about Conspiracy Theories and not talk about Carl Sagan's last book, The Demon-Haunted World. It reads like it was published yesterday, not 25 years ago.

Timothy S. Brannan
The Other Side | A to Z of Conspiracy Theories

Anne M Bray said...

D is for...

Denim Weaving:

The Fluevog Doug boot:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those were all so different - a perfect representation of WEP.

2 gators said...

love this post

mine today is D for dogsled

Janet said...

I want to read more of each one of those! Thanks.
Janet’s Smiles

Cheryl said...

I don't think I've ever heard of Drabble before. Sure makes for interesting writing. Thanks for sharing.

Talking about dating today at

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks for our WEP team join in the fun of the A-Z Challenge!!

Damyanti Biswas said...

Very interesting content, I'm definitely intrigued!

Michelle Wallace said...

The drabble was one of the first flash pieces I ever wrote and then I was hooked.
I love flash fiction!

iamthewalrus said...

Hi all. I hope you are all well.~