I feel like I'm coming in a bit late to the "Friday Flash" party, and while I've yet to go all-in and do the #Fridayflash thing, (and I may yet) I've noticed a couple other weekly writing parties out there, and want to spotlight one in particular:
Lily Childs' Friday Prediction. Every Friday, the Macabre Ms Childs picks three words at random from the dictionary / encyclopaedia etc., and challenges the visitors to her excellent blog to come up with a 100 word story based on them. It's wonderful exercise to try and get a coherent plot out in such a compact space. This has been going on for a couple of months now, but like anything else new, it needs great word of mouth to grow, so check it out!
This weeks words were: cavernous, jewellery box, and freedom.
Here's my attempt (prompt words in blue)
Postage due, Pandora
Katie looked closely at the tasselled, powder-blue jewellery box; a present from her ex-boyfriend Stephen - at least that's what the card said.
Below his anally-retentive tiny signature had been a single additional phrase, "There is nothing in this box, remember that."
Katie wondered why, if the box was truly empty, it should feel so heavy, but there was only one way to find out.
Lifting one of the ornate golden tassels, Katie opened the box. The insides were cavernous, and stretched out to forever.
From somewhere deep inside the box, came a tiny, rasping voice,
Fucking Stephen ...