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Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: “the door swung shut.” (also included in the word count)

For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!

I’ve never done Flash Fiction before. I ended up settling on a bit from my last WiP (it meets all the challenge elements).

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The door swung open. Mrs. Johnson’s office was Spartan — decorated in mostly blacks and grays reminding Reese of a nun’s cell she once visited at the local abbey — and felt cold despite the large window opposite the door letting in the late afternoon sun. Given the woman’s parchment for black suits Reese wondered if Mrs. Johnson had been a nun in a former life.

“Ms. Ingram.” Reese clinched her teeth against the exaggerated ‘z’ sound. “Close the door. Take a seat.

Oh boy, not good.

“We’ve had this conversation before.” Reese nodded. “You still insist you are just friends with Mr. Brodie?

“Yes, ma’am.” God, she sounded like Jace.

“I understand Mr. Brodie implied otherwise last night.”

Damn. What had she missed last night?

A muscle twitched along Mrs. Johnson’s jaw. She turned her laptop toward Reese, pushing play on a YouTube video.

The video ended. “I’ll suspend you the next time your relationship with that man causes trouble for my school,” she said snapping the computer shut.

“I’ll talk to him.”

“See that you do.” Mrs. Johnson returned to the papers on her desk, dismissing Reese. Reese backed out of the room and the door swung shut.

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You can check out the other participates on the First Campaigner Challenge post (I’m #301 by the way).

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