Autumn Orange

Here’s my attempt at some flash fiction. This exercise came via CB  Wentworth’s blog (  via “Campaign Challenge #1/Fourth Writers Platform Building Campaign” (   
The parameters are:
 *200 words or less, *begin with the words Shadows crept along the wall, use the word orange, end with the words everything faded.  Enjoy!

                                                                          Autumn Orange
          Shadows crept along the wall, blinking, as she glided across the room.  Oblique rays of light came through the windows.  Dark bars, long and parallel, stretched from the line of trees outside, across the floor and up the wall.  Eyes watched from a dark corner, mesmerized.

          Slow and rhythmic, she danced to and fro, around and around the room, swaying, bending, circling, sometimes leaping.  Her body flowed in the grace of movements with a long purpose, her life.  Figure and shade danced.  Reflections fluttered as light passed through beveled glass, colors separated.  Fully awake, the silence of loveliness spoke of delight.  The afternoon glow of autumn orange surrounded her.

          Her shadow dappled.  The pace quickened.  Body flared bright.  Muscles strained and quivered, strength and skill combined. 

          Obstruction!  The bars darkened.  She bit her lip.  Burnt red turned to rust.  Without light, there is no shadow.  Twisting, her foot caught.  Her partner mimicked her stumble.  As the shadow became less, the flower wilted.  The eyes closed. 

          A bell  began to ring, insistent and loud.  The sun faded.  The mood faded.  Everything faded.

Flash Fiction: Autumn Orange by LR; Word Count 181.


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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6 Responses to Autumn Orange

  1. Wow! I love how you’re writing weaves imagery and reality together so seamlessly! Nice job! 🙂

    • Thanks! I was thinking Film Noir but also have used light and shadow and color imagery before. I enjoyed this exercise. Reality, well reality is never far away, although I try to escape all the time!!!!

  2. Marilyn says:

    Yes! Great exercise. (Pretty roses too.)

  3. tbnranch says:

    That was just an attempt? Geez, it was awesome! :}

    • Thanks! I’ve been wanting to write flash fiction for awhile and have been reading and studying other examples. It took me seven days to write “Autumn Orange” but I am pleased with the result.

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