Into the woods


Mondays Finish the Story

This is a flash fiction site where you finish the story!

Welcome to Mondays Finish the Story!
Mondays Finish the StoryThis is a unique flash fiction challenge where we provide you with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. Your challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Don’t forget to use the opening sentence… This challenge runs from Monday to Sunday! Get creative and have fun finishing the story!
Please include the photo with your bit of flash and a link back to this post. Do not forget to click on the blue frog and add your link so that others can enjoy your story too! Now let’s have some fun!
© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story begins with: “Not knowing what to expect, he made his way into the dark of the forest.

Not knowing what to expect, he made his way into the dark of the forest. There were sounds, noises, things that just didn’t sound proper.  The wind blew sparatically as he approached the opening.  The slight angle hide the true path into darkness.  Rustling leaves bristled high in the air. The sound below was still.  Then the noises would come, sounds crawling through the the underbrush.  There pace was methodical, there tempo ruthlessly quick.

Roger surveyed the entrance. The tall pines looked like the branches gave out. Maples and oaks mixed heights, traded lights for darks. Beneath their diced landscape,rhodendians and sumac, hide the ground from whence they came. Pathways cut into the growing darkness.  Bright lines squashed by shadows suddenly.  Vision seems to become sublime.

Ten feet becomes twenty feet in.  The path that could hold three wide is now close for the solo adventurer.  The trees overhead engulf him in natures version of twilight.  Shadows that may never have been dance in the peripheral vision.  The chase beams of light glowing above his head.  Wind stirs the shimmering leaves. The light flashes around the thick forest floor.  A twig snaps in front of him.  The foot in motion isn’t his. His heart races, his foot frozen in place.  The ears reach for any sound.  The eyes try to pry a vision from the dimly twist world.

He jumps as his leg makes contact.  Roger would scream if he could.  His throat would breathe if it could.

Rex barks twice.  His tail bouncing off his leg.

“Rex, you go in alone from now on!”  


21 thoughts on “Into the woods

  1. Question Mark:

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    Did you mean for this to post? I am feeling a bit lost here.

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  2. I love when other people give me the beginning of the story. Even one sentence (in fact less is more for me in that regard) can send me off into a great story. However, I cannot even write an email with 150 words or less so a lot of these… like this one, I cannot participate in.

    I do use the Finish It! event hosted here to draw my inspiration from. Sometimes we all head off in very different directions and other times we all seem to have a common thread/theme to our stories. I find it fascinating to go read everyone else’s stories after I write my own.

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    1. I like finish it. WordPress went crazy and I don’t get emails when it posts. So I pick up of ours posts. There are great prompts, of course, I do Sunday Photo Fiction, flash fiction for Aspiring Writers, tale weaver, and Friday fictioneers semi regularly. You can’t do them all, and write your own. But I love collecting view points from others.

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      1. Where is Write Your Own? I’d like to check that out.

        One of the things I like about Finish It is that there is no time limit. I grab the prompts when I can. Put them in my drafts folder, maybe add a photograph for inspiration or a few notes and then wait until the story hits me.

        As for Tale Weaver. I really don’t understand MindLoveMisery’s format. I mean, I do understand it is a different prompt every day but I have no idea where to find the actual prompts (perhaps it is as you said, the most obvious things are hard to find?) are posted. When the linkup ends… i.e. I just wrote the one about the Wicked Witch coming to visit but I don’t know if I should “link it” or just pingback to it because I don’t know if it is active. It is like 10 prompts back in that series (what is that, like 2 and a half months ago?)

        I don’t know. The website just confuses me to know end. I love the concepts of the prompts just don’t know how it works. Sometimes the prompts appear right off and sometimes I can find them no where. I’ve commented to ask, but received no replies. So, I wait. 🙂


      2. The tree at sunset is the link. Sometimes its touchy. The prompts are different. The wordle can be tough. I love the collages. I try reading then as a story. I meant write on my own without prompts.

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      3. Oh, see, I misunderstood the tree. I thought it would take me to where I post my link with the rest of them so that we are all gathered in one place (like how I do the poetry party linkup).

        What about dates? Do they have to be in by a certain date or are they just open forever?

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