Five Sentence Fiction is a weekly blog link-up based on a word prompt. The Challenge – write a complete story in five sentences. There is no word count limit, or any restriction on sentence length (proper grammar notwithstanding). This challenge is hosted weekly by Lillie McFerrin. The word for this week is Darkness.
The tour was coming to an end. I grabbed my children’s hands, my daughter in my right and my son in my left, squatted down to their level, and, looking each in the eyes, I said, “Hold on tight and you won’t feel lost.”
And just as I squeezed their hands for assurance the tour guide turned out the lights that had been strung through the cave when it first became a tourist attraction.
It was more than dark; it was an absolute absence of light. The silence was as complete, until my daughter said, “Ok, you can turn the lights back on now.”
Last year my family and I went to a mountain cabin in the middle of nowhere northern Arkansas. The directions to the cabin were by GPS coordinates and not a street address, so yeah, middle of nowhere. We spent an afternoon touring the combined Mystic Cavern and Crystal Dome Cavern. At the end of the tour, the guide, after sufficient warning, turned out the lights. It was darkness like I have never seen before. I kept waiting for my eyes to adjust, but they didn’t. They wouldn’t. There was no light. There also wasn’t a single sound until my daughter (five years old at the time) spoke the words we were all thinking.
Five sentences – can you do it? Why not try! When you’re finished, add your story to the Linky link, and read and enjoy other’s five-sentence stories.
*Featured Image – Copyright Melanie (WritingInBoots): “The Sleeping Dragon”, Mystic Caverns, Marble Falls, Arkansas
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