As the rush to get the house into shape for our fake Christmas gathered pace, (see previous blog for explanation), I managed to snatch a few moments to take a peep at Facebook and Twitter. I came across a post for a short story completion and thought I’d give a try. Those of you familiar with my writing will know that ‘short’ rarely features! Gary Walker at Look 4 Books on Facebook had posted a picture and the challenge was to write a short story inspired by the picture that was around two hundred words. My first attempt was over three hundred, but after a little thought I managed to strip it back to the bare minimum, and bang on two hundred words. Much to my surprise and delight, I won! Here’s the picture and the story – I hope you enjoy it.
Sally gave the tableau a nod, it was near perfect. Hopefully the curator would like it when he returned. It was her first display, and it had to be right. Satisfied, she flipped off the light. She’d only taken a few steps when the sound of a baby crying caused her to turn and hurry back. The highchair was empty, the baby doll now cradled by the maid. Sally swallowed and stepped forward. Hesitantly she reached out and touched the face of the manikin she herself had dressed. The hard surface was unyielding beneath her fingers. Feeling braver she inched closer stroking the baby’s cheek. It was cold. Shaking her head at her stupidity, she grasped the baby by the arm and attempted to lift it.
“No!” The maid growled. Sally dropped to the floor, shocked, and still grasping the baby who yelled out his indignation. Sally looked up too late to defend herself from the sweeping arm of the manikin.
The curator surveyed the scene approvingly, and wondered where the extra manikin sitting before the fire had come from; it was almost a mirror image of Sally. How strange she’d not been to work since completing the display.
My prize for winning was having Tin Soldiers featured as book of the week on the Look 4 Books website, and the talented Gary Walker designed this poster – Absolutely fabulous.
If you are looking for something to read, pop over to Look 4 Books here:http://www.look4books.co.uk/index.html – or if you fancy a go at writing a very short story, there is another completion running this week. Great picture this week too – and you don’t need to have a book to promote, all entries are welcome.https://www.facebook.com/freebookpromotion?fref=ts
Better get back to the preparations, and of course a little writing.
Hope your Christmas preparations are going well.