Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Campaigner Challenge

I chanced up on this fun competition, where you have to write a 200-word story starting with "The door swung open", and ending with "the door swung shut". I had half an hour to spare, so here's my daft take (alas, I can't win any prizes, as I'm not a member, but hey ho):

This Door Swings Both Ways


The door swung open, as it would only do in the dead of night. It had a reputation for staying stubbornly closed, no matter who came knocking. In truth it just couldn’t trust itself to open: it didn’t want anybody to know it swung both ways.

No.5 was born this way, its double-acting hinges already fully formed. To swing in and out was as natural as could be for it, but society could not accept that. Everyone liked to pretend they were so modern and that each door was free to choose which way it swung. Yet No. 5 knew what lay beneath the tolerant veneer of the other doors ranged alone the leafy street, their letterboxes ready to chatter the instant they spied behaviour that did not belong in such a distinguished neighbourhood.

So it waited until night’s velvety blackness blinded even the beady peephole of the ever-vigilant No. 14, and the only sound was the soft creaking of sleeping wood. It swung (in, then out, in, then out), its wood flushed rose with pleasure, its hinges trembling with delicious friction, until the first blush of dawn tinged the sky.

Then, with a satisfied sigh, the door swung shut.

12 comments:

ScottTheWriter said...

Yes! You captured the essense of the challenge in a completely unique way. Congrats.

Theresa Milstein said...

Excellent personification of the door.

Nadja Notariani said...

Quite evocative! This is totally different from any other entry that I've read. I laughed out loud when the door let me in on the fact that #14 was a busybody of the grossest sort! Ha! ~ Nadja

Alleged Author said...

Oooh! What are they, what are they?

bridget said...

Wow, very good. i love the layers. Mine is #72

Michael Logan said...

Thanks folks! Glad you liked my odd take.

Jocelyn Rish said...

I've read a bunch of these, and this was the first where the door itself was a character - awesome. On the surface, this was really funny, but it also had a powerful underlying message. Excellent story!

Michael Logan said...

Thanks Jocelyn. I always try to take the most unusual angle as I can, hence my novel involving zombie cows!

Alica McKenna Johnson said...

This is wonderful

J.R. Williams said...

Beautifully written and very clever. Great entry!

1000th.monkey said...

Ha! That was very clever :)

...I'm another *monkey*, but I use a mac, not a typewriter ;)

Anonymous said...

Clever bit of writing that.