My entry in the first Campaign Challenge of 2012 – Attack of the Shadows

A little housekeeping, first – I still have some openings for my Campaigner Spotlight series, so let me know in the comments if you’re interested in doing an interview on the Kelworth Files, or email me at chrisken zero at gmail dot com . And happy 450 posts to me!

So I actually finished my flash fiction for the Campaign Challenge ahead of schedule! Rules and bonus conditions follow:

  • Required – Post by Friday, February 24th (at 11.59pm EDT). DONE!
  • Required – Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. DONE!
  • Required – Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”. These five words will be included in the word count. DONE!
  • Bonus – End the story with the words: “everything faded.” (also included in the word count) DONE!
  • Bonus – Include the word “orange” in the story. DONE! (though it feels a little forced to me.)
  • Bonus – Write in the same genre you normally write. DONE! I write in a lot of genres, but this is fantasy, which is certainly a familiar wheelhouse for me. It also features Justin, who was a character in my modern fantasy story ‘Lesson One.’
  • Bonus – Make your story 200 words exactly! DONE!

So here it is:

Attack of the Shadows

By Chris Kelworth

Shadows crept across the wall. One jumped onto the table, skittered to the flickering candle, and threw itself into the flame. Light and darkness met; then both were no more, and the other shadows grew thicker and larger in response to their brother’s sacrifice.

Justin woke in the dim room, with the shades dancing in the corners of his eyes. Without the candle lit, he’d have only one chance to escape this place where the shadows dwelled. He cursed himself for a fool, thinking that he had the energy to come down here and work his spell without sleep getting the better of him. From his pocket he pulled a small gilded orb, the size of an orange. With his other hand, he pushed himself up from the table.

The shadows moved in at once. Justin spoke a word, and the orb flew into the air above the table, and glowed like a miniature sun. The shadows scrambled for cover, and Justin made a break for the door.

Unfortunately, he hadn’t noticed that one shadow had hidden and used his body for cover against the light. Now it tripped him, and Justin fell hard against the stone floor. Everything faded.

If you enjoyed this story, (and you’re in the Campaign,) go over to the Campaign Challenge page and click ‘Like’ under my name! I’m 185 in the list. Then go read some of the other entries. 😉

25 Responses to My entry in the first Campaign Challenge of 2012 – Attack of the Shadows

  1. ooh very cool!! And scary!! Love it! Great job!

    I’m entry #19


  2. I absolutely love the personification of the shadows! That is so clever. And yes, please, you are now tagged! If you would like to answer the same questions on my blog that Ozlem asked, that is great. Otherwise, I have another set of questions that I asked the last time I was tagged here: Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I’m following now! Have a happy campaign!


  3. Cool entry, which I loved! Great spooky elements, and you even worked in the ‘orange’. 🙂 Good luck in the Challenge!


  4. Ha! This is great! I want to know what happens next 🙂


  5. K S Collier says:

    This was very good. I like your prose. I hate spiders (shadows). Really creepy. My skin is crawling right now. Good job.


  6. Arlee Bird says:

    Gives good reason to the old adage about being afraid of ones own shadow. I liked the way you worked in “orange”.

    Lee (#126 on the Campaign Challenge List)
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z


  7. Sue says:

    That was excellent Chris Your first paragraph is wonderful.
    I’m #103 on the list by the way


  8. Jenny says:

    I love the way you brought the shadows to life. Cool idea and quite original among all the posts here. Good job!


  9. Very well done. The orange globe was a unique use of the color. I really enjoyed your story.

    I’m #88. Comments welcome.
    Richard Alan


  10. Ann Cory says:

    Well done! I enjoyed 🙂 Fantastic imagery.


  11. Mina B. says:

    Run, Justin, Run…. Love it. Great job.

    BTW, you’ve been tagged on my blog.


  12. Nice work! I was hooked from the beginning. This is my kind of story, and I would love to read more.


  13. the shadows actually sound very playful! This was a fun read. Thanks for sharing!

    Hope you like mine #189


  14. clarbojahn says:

    HI from the campaign and yes, I liked your story. Thanks for reading mine. I hope you liked it, about “don’t eat my toes, ok? .?

    It’s number 181 on the list.

    I loved the way you personified the shadows like one of the other comments said. The story was creepy good. thanks for sharing. 🙂


  15. clarbojahn says:

    Yep it worked. What kind of interview questions are you talking about? I have a book being published in a few weeks and would like to promote it. Would you be interested in doing this?

    Please contact me. Thanks. 🙂


  16. Catherine Johnson says:

    Wow, that is awesome!!!


  17. Lady Gwen says:

    Oh man, I thought he was gping to make it! Great job:)


  18. Susan says:

    Congratulations! You’ve been shortlisted to move on to stage two of the first campaign challenge!


  19. Scott Bury says:

    Great start, making the shadows tangible. I thought the same thing. Mine is no. 200.


  20. Loved that the shadow just tripped him. Maybe the shadow group is a little more “playful” than dangerous?

    Tale Spinning #58


  21. Claire H says:

    Interesting. Loved that one shadow tripped him. Funny but scary too.


  22. Oh, I loved those shadows! 🙂


  23. I am very intrigued. I really enjoyed it but became disappointed because it was flash fiction and I wanted to read more. Great job!! Going to Rach’s page now to like it!


  24. I thought he was going to make it, too.


  25. C.M. Brown says:

    It seemed as though he would make it didn’t it? I liked it!


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