Campaign Challenge #1: The Call


The first challenge for the Fourth Writers’ Platform Building Campaign is up and running!  The games begin with a round of flash fiction that follows these guidelines:

Click the image to see other entries to this challenge!

My muse and I came up with “The Call” for my entry.  Hope you enjoy the read!

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The Call

Shadows crept across the wall as the months passed without a word.  Leaves of summer cast gray silhouettes against faded paint.  Barren branches of winter cut through moonlight and slice through the windowpane. Then, delicate petals arrive in spring and leave gentle imprints on the back of an empty chair.  It’s been more than a year since someone sat in that seat.

Every morning, she wondered if the answer she needed would finally come.  They kept telling her there was nothing she could do, but wait.  So, wait she did with her cup of tea.  She poured another and placed it in the space beside her.  The steam swirled and curled into the air until it eventually disappeared.  Worry lines etched new pathways around her eyes and forehead as the minutes of another day slipped away.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

She stared at the wall and begged for today to be the day.  Any news is better than none after so much time of maddening silence. Her tea grew cold as an early spring sun warmed the afternoon.  Amid the fragrance of orange blossoms in the air, the phone rang and everything faded.

(192 words)

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Be sure to check out all the other wonderful entries and vote for your favorites, here.  I am #93.

c.b. 2012

68 thoughts on “Campaign Challenge #1: The Call

    • That was the first line that came into my head for the story! I structured the whole piece around that! 🙂

      The fun part of being a writer is knowing everything that happens (I know what she’s waiting for and I know who finally called), but its also fun to let the reader to decide what happens. 🙂

      Thanks for reading!


    • Ah, that’s for each reader to decide. I like to write in a way that allows each individual to fill in the holes for themselves. 🙂

      Glad you liked the tea steam line – it’s one of my favorite.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. 🙂


  1. Sally

    A cup of tea can really solve all problems and dilemmas – I’ve imagined what she’s waiting for but I doubt very much that it’s right – I loved this piece – I’m a new campaigner #91


    • Thank you! I’d love to know your interpretation. Part of the fun of this piece is hearing about how readers perceive this woman’s situation. 🙂

      I’m on my way to check out your entry. Thanks so much for reading! 🙂


    • Thanks! I appreciate the vote! 🙂

      This story could go so many different ways! I know the background I created, but the guesses of readers so far has been very inspiring in taking it in a different direction. 🙂

      Thanks so much! 🙂


  2. This piece was really effective in conjuring up a visual image and a mood of anticipation. I thought of parents waiting for news of a missing child, or of a woman waiting for news of a missing soldier. Very poignant.


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