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Monday, February 20, 2012

Tango of Torture

This blog post is for a challenge found on +Writ on Google plus, posted via Rach Writes. (I'm number 100 at Rach Writes if you like it and want to vote)

Tango of Torture

Shadows crept across the wall, as I cowered in the corner and waited for my attacker to pass out in to a drunken oblivion. His massive stature resisted the effects of the vast amount of alcohol longer than would have a smaller man. Allowing him more time to torture me. To describe in gory detail how my life would end. The orange glow of the fire flickered in unison with the shadows in a tango of torture. Must stay awake, lest their deathly dance becomes a celebration of my demise.

My pain temporarily subdued by numbness and adrenaline. An hour ago, I welcomed death. But in his drunken state, he got careless. I would be begging for the mercy of death again, come morning, if my plan failed.

I wriggled the ropes from my wrists, then my feet; my sight fixed on his ghastly face. His chest heaved up and down, snoring mimicking the saw he planned to use for my dismemberment. I urged to watch the life drain from his body. Would my attempt be futile against his strength?

I stood, grabbed the axe from the table and towered it above his head.

Vertigo invaded my body. Everything faded.

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The Challenge:

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, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), do one or more of these:

end the story with the words: "everything faded." (also included in the word count)

include the word "orange" in the story

write in the same genre you normally write

make your story 200 words exactly!