Flash Fiction Challenge: The Secret Door

Last week’s challenge:Ten Words Will Give You Five.

This is the Secret Door.

I want you to open it.

I want it to take you somewhere.

And I want you to write about where it takes you.

It’s that easy.

And that hard.

You have 1000 words.

Due in one week, by Friday, April 5th, noon EST.

Post at your online space.

Link back here.


Knock on the door.

Open it.

Write about it.

107 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The Secret Door”

    • Cool concept. I wasn’t sure where you were going with it at first, but that twist was a nice one. Good idea describing the city as a model as you got an actual model through your door.

      • Cheers. I never thought of that, I’d just need to find a way to accelerate the birth/growing up process and give the series a villain, then maybe sell it to a network and rake in the millions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Oh I liked this, though I blame my daughter for thinking more Dr. Who than reincarnation. I also liked how they (souls? aliens?) remembered everything while in the “limbo” state so they can pick and choose their next experience.

      • Thank you! I do think the one thing missing from that map is a building-sized Tardis. I’ll be honest with you โ€“ first it was going to be souls (God was going to be there, then I realised how lame that idea panned out), then it was going to be aliens experiencing our world from afar, and it finally ended with being a themepark for angels. Only way they get to experience life is being born into a body and going through the whole mess with no memory of their true nature. But either of them, souls reincarnated, aliens exploring, angels making us their Disneyland, works just as well. Pick your favourite, and that’s what it is! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Great story! Keep in mind that 1000 words is the maximum, not something you *have* to achieve. I think your story was the perfect length. I really liked how the echo of that smell kept coming back to Mary, it really helped the narrative to flow. The only minor flaw (for me) is that as soon as Mr Drysdale was introduced, I knew immediately that he was a Reaper and that Mary was dead. But that’s not because of anything you’ve written, I simply read too much Discworld and watch too much Supernatural, to the extent that I have developed a weird sort of spidey-sense where Death and death-related entities are concerned.

      I really did enjoy your story though. Very unique, a great read for a few spare minutes during my work break!

      • I’m sorry… ๐Ÿ˜›
        I saw the photo of this and just had to write about it… Chuck said a description; and so when it showed up, my brain went into scenery overload…. it’s just so damned pretty. And seeing I’m a city person and this was a forest scene, I couldn’t resist. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thank you, I’m very glad you liked it.
        And it’s okay about signing up, unless you were going to use the site regularly it’s a bit pointless. I felt I cheated a little since most of it is about the door itself and not about going anywhere through it.

    • I found Roy’s inner dialogue about the door to be excellent. I don’t know if I would trust suddenly appearing doors in the middle of Botanical Gardens, either. You never know where they lead.

  1. This is possibly the best spot I’ve ever seen on the internet, ever, but somebody should just come over at cut off my internet because I can’t stop walking through that door. I’ll never get a story written if I keep this up.

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