First Line Friday: January 31st, 2020

Dylan Hughes is our host for this fortnightly challenge.

Your line for this week is:

The wind cut into his skin and grey skies pressed down on the rotting town, but at least he was home.

Look at the place. This was his legacy, and he hated it.
Head down, he walked through the jungle that was the front garden, his shoes sinking in slop and his jeans snagging on brambles, but he didn’t care.
Nearing the property, he shivered but it was nothing to do with the wind.
There was a sinister presence surrounding it and reaching the front door, it swung open untouched and uninviting, yet he was compelled to go inside.
It slammed and reopened on damaged hinges behind him.
His skin felt clammy as if unseen breath was breathing down his collar.
He shook himself to exorcise the memory and evict the whispers in his head.
The old man was dead. He couldn’t hurt him anymore.
The digger was still out there, a reminder of what he had tried to do in a moment of desperation all those years ago.
This time he wouldn’t fail.
The demolition crew would be here shortly to flatten his nightmare and send it to hell to join his father.

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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9 Responses to First Line Friday: January 31st, 2020

  1. Sadje says:

    You’ve captured the feelings so well.

  2. Violet Lentz says:

    Sounds like he has many stories to tell…

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