Running Out of the Darkness

Posted: March 1, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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She ran under the open skies, feeling the wind on her skin, the fresh air pumping through her lungs. Torn strips of her dress trailed behind her, thin, stained cloth sliding through the tall grass.

At the top of the hill, she stopped, throwing back her arms and looking up at the heavens, where white clouds danced with light. Beyond the hill, trees stretched out in a carpet of dark green. The birds cried out with fresh song.

Free for the first time in years, the princess laughed, eyes bright with tears.

After so long in shadows, she saw light.

Word Count: 100

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and providing the prompt photo!

  1. Jade M. Wong says:

    This story is the definition of freedom! I could feel the princess’ elation.

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice description of feeling freedom after so long.

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  3. Rommy says:

    Hopefully she will find safety again soon, as well as more sunshine.

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  4. May her laughter join the birdsong!

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  5. Dale says:

    I have to agree, that description of finding herself free is fabulous!

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  6. And then she burst into…’The hills are alive…’ Loved it! so exhilarating!

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  7. I love how you pictured her joy of freedom – wonder what dark place she came from

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  8. jellico84 says:

    Very nicely described.

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  9. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    The imagery in this story is so vivid. I could see her, I could feel her.

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  10. gahlearner says:

    This reads like a movie, it’s so vivid. I can feel her elation. Great writing.

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  11. Michael Wynn says:

    It’s great the way you’ve described exhilaration in this

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  12. michael1148humphris says:

    It feels like her freedom came at a price. Great writing.

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  13. mandibelle16 says:

    Love this, no more drafty castles for her!

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  14. magarisa says:

    No doubt she’d been waiting for this day for a long time. Great story.

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  15. goroyboy says:

    What a great description of breaking free! “The fresh air”. I could hear her breathing

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