Here is the first challenge, straight from Rach Writes:
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.Without further rambling, here is my piece for the first Campaigner Challenge:
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!
The door swung open and a swarm of brightly clothed, happily chattering children sprung free. They gathered their equally bright backpacks, lunch boxes and cast their eyes about for their adults. A big, chocolate brown pair met those of her mommy and she came running forward. After thrusting the stuff she’d just obtained at her mom, she asked, “Can we stay and play?”
“Not today, sweetie. We have to pick up your sister and get groceries for dinner.”
“Fine,” she sighed and her shoulders drooped in momentary sadness. Then she smiled sweetly and batted her dark lashes. “Can we get ice cream?”
“Yes,“ laughed mom. “How was your first day of school?”
“What did you do?”
“I don’t know.”
“Did you do math?”
“Yes, a little.”
“Did you do an art project?”
“No. We’ll do one tomorrow.”
“Do you sit near any of your friends?”
“No. I sit next to a boy I don’t know.”
By now mother and daughter were at their car. As the little girl buckled into her seat, mom asked, “Do you like your teacher?”
“Of course,” said the smiling little girl. She stuck her tiny fingers in the handle and the door swung shut.
That was a lot of fun but I have to admit - a little hard. I mean, 200 words? I am chatty in real life and in my writing. I have a tendency to go on and on so 200 words was definitely a challenge. I love it, though. And now I can't wait to read the other entries!