Prisoners of the Silver Screen

Posted: December 28, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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A bitter wind whistled past the lonely marquee, stirring the fading posters. Inside, light flickered through the reels, strange shadows stretching between chairs. The reel ticked and whirred. Dust drifted across the ancient film, where black-and-white figures danced in an elegant ball-room, their sixteen-millimeter steps flawless but silent.

But among them were a few whose fashion wasn’t from the days of jazz and silent cinema. Their faces stretched in noiseless screams as they begged wordlessly to be released from their celluloid prison.

The film played on as it had since the day the old theater closed, all those decades ago.

Word Count: 100

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and Shaktiki Sharma for running the challenge!

  1. Dear J.A.

    A little Bradbury-esque. Nicely done.



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  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Wow that’s scary. As if a part of p, or the actual actors/actresses from silent film are stick in the movie and never let out because the movies never stop playing. Some dark force at work here, I’m wondering if their souls are trapped or something in the reels.

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  3. Lynn Love says:

    What a great atmosphere! Very dark and creepy – a spooky nd for many here. Is salvation on its way, or are the figure trapped forever?

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  4. The penultimate line is a corker!

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  5. Yikes! It makes me want to stay home and watch television.

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  6. Dale says:

    Spooky cinema.. Don’t mind if I avoid entering it…

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