Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #103

The image below is from Tim Grundtner at and has been selected by Fandango for his flash fiction challenge this week.

*** Warning: this is a piece of fiction with an abusive theme ***

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a girl wearing a white dress and sneakers who seems to be floating on her back in midair in an attic.

The room was unfamiliar.
She moved her feet as if walking but instead began to rise.
She stretched out her hands to nothingness, her hair falling behind her, the smell of mustiness and decay beginning to assault her nostrils.
Her skirt draped around her thighs, a draught from an open window making it ride up.
She heard laughter.
Turning her head, she saw two shapes in the shadows. They had no definite form, but she could tell they were watching her, and it was they who were generating an invisible force that kept her floating above the floor.
Her struggles were futile and the laughter increased to a feverish pitch, almost hysterical glee. She screamed, but the room absorbed her cries. No-one came to her aid.
The shadows had eyes, tentacles that reached to explore her exposed body.
She screamed again, kicking, and punching, fighting with all her might against a stronger enemy. She would not give in! She would not!
She shouted, lashed out, clawed with her nails at invisible flesh.
They had not expected that and released her. She fell to the ground in a crumpled heap.

When she awoke, she was huddled on the floor and alone.
The familiarity of her surroundings made her weep. This was her sanctuary and she was safe from a nightmare some thirty years ago that no-one believed.

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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11 Responses to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #103

  1. rugby843 says:

    Great story and ending!

  2. Fandango says:

    Wow, Di. That was intense! Well done! Thanks

  3. murisopsis says:

    You made me hold my breath!

  4. Sadje says:

    This is a very interesting story Di.

  5. Carol anne says:

    wow! That was powerful! ❤

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