Friday, July 26, 2013

Walk the Plank (flash fiction challenge)

YaBuccaner's has a writing challenge called Walk the Plank .  The rules are:

"All ye buccaneers out there that are up for the task, well, all you need to do is write a short flash fiction story in 200 words or fewer, excluding the title, around this month's theme of ADVENTURE!
For an extra challenge, begin your story with the words, “I set sail” (these three words will be included in the word count).
And for an even bigger challenge, use the same beginning words and end with the words: "my adventure continues!" (also included in the word count)."
For those who want to prove their Flash Fiction prowess, hit all of the above challenges, PLUS, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!"




I decided to give it a try and I accepted every challenge.
Here it is!

 

  I set sail as the sun began to rise.  I’d never been away from land.  Now that I thought about it, I had never even been above ground.   The rocking motion of the boat made my insides feel all jiggly.  I ached to see the boat, to see the water.  I could feel the vibration of voices.  Someone was talking.  What were they saying?

   My senses were so limited.  I tried to look around me.  All I could make out was light and shadows.  The longer we sailed, the more light there was.  I’d always wanted more out of life then what I was given.  Now I had it.  I was going somewhere and I was getting nothing out of it.  I’d never been so mad at my inability to truly experience life.

  I felt fingers against my skin.  My body was being manipulated like I was clay.  Cold metal pressed against me.  I flew through the air.  I had to be getting close to the water.  I was going to drown.   I didn’t. I was rescued.  Now I am hanging from the mouth of a gull.  I may only be an earthworm but my adventure continues.


16 comments:

  1. That's a great twist at the end! When I started reading, I assumed the narrator was human, so to find out the story was from a worm's POV was a fun surprise. :)

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    1. Thanks! I was worried it was to weird of an idea lol but I wanted it to be unique.

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  2. Ooh - very cool. I'm with Erin, I totally thought the narrator was human. How fun! :) Thanks for taking the challenge!

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    1. It was fun! I can't wait for the next one.

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  3. Very nice! I wonder what the rest of the adventure will be like.

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    1. Thanks! Its fun to let my wild imagination get away sometimes:)

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  5. Loved this! And who knew worms wanted adventures?! Maybe we should all think twice when spearing them on hooks to go fishing. :-)

    Great work, Sarah. I enjoyed this a lot.

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    1. Thank you! Oh and I have never been able to use a worm for bait. Ever lol.

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  6. What a fun POV! I'm with the folks above, I didn't realize he/she wasn't human until the end. Poor little worm. Maybe the gull drops him and he lives to make a whole host of worm babies to listen to his fantastic tale of adventure. :)

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    1. I think he landed in a nice garden somewhere :)

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  7. Awwww! Poor worm... unless of course it's a friendly gull who's going to take the worm away and show him/her the world. :) Nice story--good POV. :)

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  8. Fantastic twist you built in! You did an excellent job with this challenge - it's so fun to see the different spin everyone took! I love that about flash fiction and writing prompts...you never know where you'll end up!

    Hope you'll join us again in August - I've already got the prompts ready to go!

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    1. Thank you! I loved doing this challenge and I can't wait to see what the next one is.

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