I'm recovering nicely from my monstrous cold, and in celebration I thought I'd share with you a piece of flash fiction I wrote for the Wattpad Workshop Series, hosted by Alice Kuipers. This week's writing prompt was to imagine that you walk into a room you know well, only to discover a trap door hidden in the floor. Here's my attempt, I hope you enjoy it!
I suppose it was boredom more than anything that made me do it.
The rain was pouring down outside for the fifth day in a row and my
skin was crawling. The power had been out for over an hour and I'd run
out of things to do, which I suppose is why I was cleaning my office.
I'd lit a single candle, its trembling flame casting shadows on the
walls. The room had become a dumping ground for all the things I didn't
want to deal with, and after five days of rain I was finally willing to
give it a go.
Part of me believes that it wasn't there before, that the rain and
boredom and mess called it into being. However it got there, it was
indeed there. I was pulling a dusty, old armchair across the floor when a
leg caught the carpet and tore it, pulling it cleanly up and away from
"Shit!" I fell to my knees, clutching the torn carpet in my hands.
Beneath the carpet, in the flickering light of the candle, something
caught my eye. I lifted the carpet higher, wincing as it tore even
more. It was a handle, a small, flat little handle that appeared to be attached to a trap door.
Curiosity piqued, I abandoned all hope of fixing the carpet and tore
it back. I was right. It was a trap door. I lifted the handle, opening
the lid with a loud creak.
A small, wooden staircase disappeared down into the darkness. I
stood, considering it, even attempting to talk myself out of it, before I
picked up the candle and carefully made my way down the stairs.
If I'd know I could never come back, I wonder if I still would have
done it. But then, decisions are easier when you don't know the
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed it, I had fun writing it. I hope you've all had a great weekend, and as always, I encourage you to leave comments, questions and feedback below in the comments section. Feel free to follow this blog, as well as find me on twitter @MelanieKCole. Have a great night!