Over on Rach Writes today, she challenged us to write a 200 word sample that began with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall,” included the word orange, and ended with “Everything faded.” Here’s what I came up with. It is a glimpse of a creature I’ve been perfecting in my stories for a while. Hope you like it on her blog and vote for it.
Shadows crept across the wall when I opened the door to my apartment. I dashed inside. I reached for the chain, and my heartbeat slowed. There’d been someone following me. The sweat from the night’s heat and my race across town made my nose wrinkle. I moved further into the dark interior of my kitchen. Ouch. I smacked into one of the breakfast stools while I dropped my purse on the counter.
I searched for the light switch and flicked it. The room remained dark. A shadow—human in form—took shape. It was her. The girl with the orange tank top. I braced myself on the wall behind me, my gaze going to the door. Could I—
“You wouldn’t make it,” she said.
“Who are you?” I asked.
“What you should be asking yourself is what I am.”
I swallowed, my throat dry. “Okay then. What are you?”
Lips peeled back to reveal cougar-like teeth.
My scream surged adrenaline into my veins and I lunged for the door. She was on me before I got halfway there, her nails shredding my clothes, digging into my flesh. As those teeth impaled my neckline, everything faded…