Weekend writing prompt 31st March

Thanks Sammi

Word Prompt  Glimpse

Photo Prompt


Prose Challenge – Write a story in 250 words about something seen out of the corner of the eye.  Choose from one of the following genres:

  • Fantastical – about a fairy or other mythological creature or
  • Horror – about a monster or ghost etc

It was always there. Sly, secretive and sinister, it would enter my peripheral vision when I was least expecting it, just when I thought I was imagining it.
I could sense the evil enveloped by darkness. It tried to hide, catch me unaware, but I could see it, feel it, fear it.
No-one believed me, and thus in turn I began to doubt myself and believe no-one cared.
I was being stalked, but had no proof.
In daylight, I learned routes and roads, scrutinised ways of access and planned possible escape. 
At night, I avoided alleys, unlit pathways, solitary parks and buildings, stayed in sight, illuminated by light, close to areas throbbing with people, but kept a sensible distance. 
Until the light worked against me.
Fingers extended, they touched my collar, sending a shiver down my spine.
It had found me, taken hold, captured me, and would not let me go.
I fought in my panic, then screamed and fainted dead away.

I am in hospital now, in a simple room under twenty four hour watch and care.
The doctors have a name for it, said it was Sciophobia, that I was simply afraid of my own shadow.
But when night falls, shadows don’t whisper, or laugh as you cower in terror.

212 words.

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem in five lines, where each line is no longer than 10 words, inspired by the either the word prompt or the photo prompt.

Free as a Bird.

You look up and what do you see?
Clouds and sky, perhaps a glimpse of me?
I can fly away to a distant hill, 
Lift my wings, feel an instant thrill,
Embrace the wind, what it means to be free.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Weekend writing prompt 31st March

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    I like this ‘perhaps a glimpse of me’….

  2. Michael says:

    I like this Di, you created tension and mystery so well.

  3. Indira says:

    Loved both, the story and the poem.

  4. I enjoyed reading both pieces. I could feel the tension building in the story as I read it – such an atmospheric piece of writing 🙂

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