Rach’s first challenge is a 200 word flash fiiction challenge with the opening lines “The door swung open”. I have already read a slew of strong, varied and talented entries and decided to write outside my normal genre for fun.
The door swung open and she penetrated the throng of partygoers. I had my back to her when she entered, trapped in suffocating conversation with an interior designer. I feigned interest in Feng Shui and bamboo swings, nodding and knitting my brows together in mock agreement. I felt the precise moment she re-entered my universe, like a thousand shooting stars cascading to earth; I held my breath and closed my eyes.
I hadn’t known she had been invited. Would she even remember? The encounter had been so brief, so unlikely, yet my world had imploded with such unreasonable longing, that weeks later I still caught myself taking long, deep lung-fulls of air, trying to control the dancing emotions.
Bowing almost ceremoniously, I extricated myself from shades of magnolia and drifted, my eyes roaming the gregarious groups, flutes tilting back and forth to accustomed lips. She was surrounded by fawning yuppies, men and women, voices interrupting and increasing in decibels as they vied for her attention.
Her smile was so beguiling, each of those sycophants thought it was aimed at them. I knew better, or so I hoped. She turned, centered those grey eyes on me and reeled me wordlessly in.
I shall be away three days in the mountains with students, so please don’t be offended if I don’t manage to reply to your comments until Sunday 😉 I am #238 and bravo if you are courageous enough to have looked through so many entries!