Waiting for the Beginning

Posted: December 12, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Black shadows fled from the white light of the solitary lamppost, moving like wild things as The Stranger walked amongst them. His long, battered coat flew out behind him like a pair of dark wings. He came to stop, staring up at the light, the only bright thing on this starless night.

This was how things always started: a quiet town, a cold wind, a shadowy night. Every place he stopped, everywhere he went, it was always the same story. He was pulled onwards, to new places and new people, to solve their problems and move on, never able to rest.

Any minute now, he thought. It’s about to begin. 

And then, through the dark and silent night, came an unearthly howl of fury that could be made by no human being.

The Stranger ran towards it, as he always did.

It was time for the story to begin.

Word Count: 149

This is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for hosting the challenge and Maria for contributing the prompt photo!

  1. Lori Carlson says:

    Wonderful story! An amazing, chilling tale 😀

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Oh, go on with the rest of the story! 🙂 Great atmospheric take.

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  3. Graham Lawrence says:

    My hero!

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  4. What a wonderful scene have painted here. I’m sure it made me shiver!

    Click to visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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  5. E.F. Olsson says:

    Great story. I love your visual style of writing. I hope to read the rest of that story one day.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. A very mysterious and intriguing story! Leaves me wanting to know more!

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  7. Intriguing to the core. We want an encore!

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  8. Great things happen from a prompt. I think you need to write on………

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  9. Jade M. Wong says:

    Ooooh what a suspenseful and gripping tale! Well done!!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. mandibelle16 says:

    Very interesting. New town, new story. It pulls you in and intrigues you. Especially the howl at the end. Great take!

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  11. ellenbest24 says:

    you set the scene but left us limp and wanting as a good flash should, well done.

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  12. A nice set-up here. An unsung hero, saving the world night after night, and no one ever knows…

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  13. Grant-Sud says:

    This was a vague story, but I enjoyed it a lot and the descriptiveness wonderful. I honestly thought the main character might have been “death” or something. But the Stranger works well too

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