Alone? (WRITER’S WORKSHOP II)

One two three…Claire counted her steps as she entered the study. Four Five Six…

This dusty room was small and filled with books. Claire turned. Someone else was there. A soft inhale in. 

“Hey!” 

BOOM! The door she passed through slammed shut. 

“Gahhh!!” 

Claire stumbled and turned toward the door. Finding the handle, she twisted and pulled.

It’s locked. 

Claire slumped against the wood. 

There was someone there. Someone was peering around the door. I heard them breathing.

Sinking to the floor, Claire took out her phone and turned on the flashlight app. The room contained four walls of dusty books and a large wooden desk. An object on the desk glinted as she shone the light around the room. Claire stood and ventured to inspect the sparkle. A glittering letter opener lay on the dark mahogany. Ornately decorated with an owl on the handle; the tool looked menacing in this light. A weapon of sorts.

“What a state I’m in.” Claire muttered to herself. 

She swiped the letter opener into her hand. Now she was armed. But never in a million years would she have thought herself prone to violence. The small weapon consoled Claire as she again approached the door.

 


This is my submission for the Writers Workshop II, which you can find on Go Dog Go Cafe hosted by Tanya Cliff! I am very excited to stretch my writing muscles again and delve into this month’s project! I would love nothing more than to see your work too! If you decided to joing be sure to:

  1.  Isolate your protagonist/s on an island of their own making. This could range from a remote picnic, a cabin retreat, a self-isolating pandemic, or anything you can imagine that puts your character/s in self-isolating circumstance. You can write about your own experience and make this a non-fiction piece if you want.
  2. Have your protagonist/s pack, take, store, or purchase something unexpected to get them through the time. State why it is contrary for the character. “She packed deviled eggs—something she usually hated to take on a picnic because they were so messy.”
  3. Have fun. Don’t stress. Make mistakes. Allow yourself some extra words to freely explore your subject, maybe dive in a bit deeper to the “unexpected” than you had planned.

9 thoughts on “Alone? (WRITER’S WORKSHOP II)

  1. Tanya Cliff says:

    Liyona! This is really quite wonderful, and I want to read more! So sorry it has taken me this long to get over here. It has been crazybusy around here. I have a challenge going up for May. You could certainly grow this story into that challenge.

    “There was someone there. Someone was peering around the door. I heard them breathing.

    Sinking to the floor, Claire took out her phone and turned on the flashlight app. The room contained four walls of dusty books and a large wooden desk. An object on the desk glinted as she shone the light around the room. Claire stood and ventured to inspect the sparkle. A glittering letter opener lay on the dark mahogany. Ornately decorated with an owl on the handle; the tool looked menacing in this light. A weapon of sorts.”

    Bravo! I want to highlight the “verbals” here. It is why this piece moves so quickly and engages in such an exciting way: peering, heard, breathing, sinking, took, turned, contained, glinted, shone, stood, ventured, inspect, (sparkle…a noun, but still carries weight of action), glittering, lay…and so on. The narrative moves!

    Really awesome work!

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    • Liyona says:

      Thank you so much!! I was happy with how it progressed. I am looking forward to you May challenge and hope to develop this story a bit more. It is so encouraging to hear that you enjoyed it.

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