Light at the End – 100 Word Challenge


2012/03/19 by Shannon M. Howell

Here is my piece for this week’s 100 word challenge for grown ups (the original is for kids).  Basically, given a prompt, you write a piece that is exactly 100 words.

Check it out at Julia’s Place.

The prompt this time is … but I turned it off…

So, here we go:


They giggled the whole way home.  The comedy show was just what they’d needed.  Joyce had missed her daughter’s laughter.

Pulling into the driveway, she noticed the lone light shining out of Jenny’s window.

They both still had nightmares where masked intruders lurked.  The security system didn’t ease their fear, and moving hadn’t lessened the memory of the break-in.  Still, Joyce tried to help Jenny move forward, bit by bit.

“I thought we agreed not to leave the lights on all the time?”

Joyce turned and saw Jenny, stiff and pale, staring at the window.

“But… I turned it off.”


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13 thoughts on “Light at the End – 100 Word Challenge

  1. jfb57 says:

    Oh my goodness. My heart is thumping!! Great, great writing. You built the tension brilliantly after such a gentle start!

  2. Sandra says:

    That was very eerie, nicely paced for a short piece.

  3. Um Hm, the undertones of darkness. Good stuff Shannon- I’m first in line to get the novel, Hardcover!

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