Wordpress have a Daily Prompt I know that this is a Blogger blog, but I get the daily post sent to my email anyway because sometimes they have good ideas for blog posts. I haven't, up until now, actually used any of their ideas, but I liked this one, and was inspired by the writing of fellow blogger Multifarious Meanderings and her short story thriller called Time up.
This Daily Prompt is called The Clock: Write about anything you’d like. Somewhere in your post, include
the sentence, “I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the
So I thought I'd write a very short short story.
It was raining outside. I couldn't see it, but I could hear it pounding on the windows, the wind howling round the trees, their branches tap tapping on the glass. Let me in, let me set you free, they seemed to say. I dream of life and liberty, set free, riding the wind, but it'll never be. I'm locked out of life.
I heard a car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock. I can see and I can hear but I cannot move. I can't talk, or can I? Maybe I could, but, not since that day. The day my life ended. The nurses on the day shift called out a cheery good-bye. I looked at the clock. Time is all I have left. I note its every move. I have to, I have to keep control.
The day my life ended I lost control. Those men, they had control. I can't remember, I just know. The knowledge consumes me. I fight it but I can't win, I'm too scared. The clock keeps me focused.
My parents came to visit. They gave me the news, told me my sister was expecting a baby. Life goes on. Renewal, continuity, moving on. But I can't move on. I can never be free. I'm locked in, locked down, locked out.