February 16: Flash Fiction Challenge – Being Watched

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February 16, 2017, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a watcher. It can be a sentinel like the Watchman formation that overlooks Zion Canyon, or a Big Brother conspiracy theory. How can you use a watcher to set a tone or present a twist?

When I look down my hallway I catch a glimpse of someone standing there. It happens often enough for me to think it’s real. I am being watched, not like a guardian angel but more like by someone curious about who I am and what I’m doing.

They vanish when I glance up at them, blending into the background, the dark curtains in the back room an ideal hiding spot for them.

I wonder what they make of me, sitting here tapping away. The past trying the fathom the future?

One day they might have the courage to ask.

 

Written for: https://carrotranch.com/2017/02/17/february-16-flash-fiction-challenge/

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13 Responses to February 16: Flash Fiction Challenge – Being Watched

  1. floridaborne says:

    I felt every one of those eyes watching me as I read!

  2. Lorraine says:

    I like the idea that the watcher will be the one to reach out — not benevolent, but not necessary malevolent. Good use of 99 words.

  3. Charli Mills says:

    I enjoyed your take on the watcher, how it can be someone as curious as a writer. The things we could learn from the ghost over our shoulder!

  4. I think the past would find the future unbelievable. I wonder what question they would ask if they were to be asked.

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