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! We have recently lost our beloved dog 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, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. 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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