FFfAW : From out of the shadows

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This is my entry to this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge.

From out of the shadows


Fred peered down the street while cold shivers danced up and down his spine. He glanced nervously into the shadows, searching for whatever might be lurking within.

Looking past the solitary streetlight he thought he saw a shadowy form advancing slowly towards him.  He stopped, gripped in fear, unable to move.

— 0 —

Sabrina looked down the street. It was much more romantic at night. The contours of half-constructed buildings played games with the streetlight, and the shadows hid the garbage that was so evident in daylight.

Peering over the high walls as she continued walking, she glimpsed the lights in the houses and imagined families laughing and telling stories of the day gone by.

Coming from the out of the shadow she saw a solitary figure.

“Fred, is that you?” she shouted.

— 0 —

Fred looked closer and saw it was Sabrina. He rushed towards her and took her in his arms.

“Fred, you’re trembling. Are you alright?”

“Sure. It’s just a bit chilly.”

Sabrina held him at arm’s length and saw the worry on his face.

She knew her lover so well.

While he was tender, she pressed her advantage.

“Fred, there’s something you really need to know.”

This week’s prompt is © Maria @ Doodles and Scribbles

16 Replies to “FFfAW : From out of the shadows”

  1. Not entirely sure what’s going on here, Graham – I get he’s fearful of the night, she’d dreaming of families. But what does she need to tell him? Are the families a clue? Baby on the way? Both had great voices I thought, confidently told

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    1. I was striving to paint their different attitudes to what they saw and introduce an enigmatic and ambiguous ending to my little story. What happens next is anybodies guess but would make an interesting start to a longer story (or so I hoped) 😉

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  2. I love how they find each other amid the shadows of the night. Gives the story a mysterious, eerie feel. Sounds like she has a baby on the way and is about to get her dream of families fulfilled. Great story!


  3. So…what does Fred need to know?? You can’t just leave me with a cliffhanger like that! As intriguing as this story was to read, I think there was a bit of disconnect with the different perspectives. I did get a little lost the first time I read the story.

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  4. I like how you show the same scene from two very different perspectives — fear is so subjective! And what a clever one she is (if not perhaps so nice), dropping some bomb on him when she knows he’s vulnerable. 😉

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