Wednesday 29 May 2013

Words for Wednesday

Words for Wednesday

Delores from ‘The Feathered Nest’ offers six words (actually, technically it’s eight this weekJ) as a writing prompt – blank, dashing, flashlight, four leaf clover, shadowy, trembling. Why not visit her and see what other writing has been inspired?

It was twilight when Jess left school. Usually she walked with her friends but they had stayed on for play rehearsal.  Knowing she would be walking home alone today her mother had reminded her to take her flashlight but Jess had forgotten. She wished now she had its bright beam to slice through the gathering darkness.

Dashing past the house everyone claimed was haunted she glanced at the blank windows and shuddered. Shrubs and creepers straggled about the door and she thought she glimpsed a shadowy figure half hidden there. It moved towards her, a man, tall, big, strong. Jess gasped and urged her trembling legs to carry her faster.

The next morning her parents identified the pendant Jess had been wearing when her body was recovered from the river. ‘We thought it would bring her luck. Silly superstition, really,’ her father said in a gruff voice. He ran his finger over the four leaf clover resting on his palm as his wife wept in the arms of a policewoman.


  1. wow!! that got dark
    wonderful short story that packed a punch

    love your header photo, they're adorable

  2. And how right I was to wait for the inspired creations of more clever and productive people. This is brilliant - and dark.
    I also love your header.

  3. It's amazing what you did with just a few words Janice, very creative and a dramatic tale.

    An English Girl Rambles

  4. At first I thought ooh, spooky, but then it got so sad so fast.
    You are good at this.

  5. Geez, that sounds like a Midsomer Murder ! Should I call Inspector Barnaby ??

  6. Dark and painful...but great use of the words.

  7. Ooh, Janice, a dark and sinister ending! I wasn't expecting that. I thought for sure she'd get home safely.
    You should take up writing mystery novels. And not the "cozy" British kind, either.
    Sigh again.

  8. Great use of the words. This is quite a little thriller. It could be the prelude to a murder or sci fi novel.


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