The Farewell Note


My Dearest,

To put all this only in a letter is cowardly, I know, but I can do it no other way. I cannot risk seeing you. The danger would be too great.

I know that you have told me that I would never hurt you, but I know that this is not true. It is mere hope – foolish, baseless hope. Ever since the expedition, I have known that this darkness would consume me. It eats away even as I write these words, begging to be free. Sometimes, I see the shadows move.

I do not know what it is or what it wants. I do not know how to control it or cage it. I only know that it is coming and I cannot risk it having you, so I must go away, as far as I can.

Please do not come after me.

Word Count: 145

This is for Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Louise for providing the prompt photo!

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  1. This darkness really scares him and he cares for her enough to know he needs to stay away. A convenient excuse? I don’t think so, as Michael said, it seems so final and all encompassing of him, no hope at all. My first thought was he’s a werewolf but I think it’s something much worse. By not telling you show this.

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  2. What he encountered during that expedition intrigues me … something inherently evil, it seems. I really like the way you’ve described it: an all consuming, uncontrollable darkness from which he must escape. Lots of possibilities here. Excellent story, so well written.

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