Hey everybody! Since I have a few more days before my next school-related post, I thought I’d start up my creative writing posts again! This piece I’m going to show you is the first section of my new flash fiction series.
The point of the series is partly for description practice, partly for character development practice. The characters in it will always go unnamed because I want to practice creating characters who are unique and dynamic without the help of a lot of background and history (which inevitably comes with names). We’ll see where this goes, but for now I’d love feedback on the settings and scenarios I’ve created – are they clear and easy to visualize? Does the plot make sense? Does the amount of mystery I’ve added bring confusion or suspense?
Thanks so much for reading!
In the Night – Section 1
As she walked home that dark night, the rain puddles reflected the light of what few stars could be seen in the sky above London’s great city lights. It was pretty, she thought, but sad that so much beauty could be lost because of something that was beautiful itself: light.
She sighed, and hummed a few notes from a song written in minor chords. A weeping song, she thought every time she heard it; a song of writhing emotion and contorted feeling. That’s how she felt now, walking home from the party. Funny how something of a merry nature could make one feel so contemplative and melancholy. She smiled a little sadly at the thought. As contrary as the sentiment might be, she loved it for its truth.
Thus lost in thought, she didn’t notice the shadow that didn’t move, the darkness that shouldn’t be, the still that shouldn’t be silent. A smirk made the corners of his mouth lift in the dark perversion of a smile as his hands began to tremble in anticipation of his crime.
Still oblivious to her peril, she walked on, her mind lost on a cloud of intricate thoughts, her senses tuned in to the smell of rain, not the garbage that filled the alley. Her forget-me-not eyes saw only the yellow lights shining on the craggy bricks of the buildings and the little slice of ebony sky above their spires. Her ears heard the noise of a city full of a unique and diverse people, not the clumsy sound of a man’s footsteps treading in the pools of water she had admired not so long ago. Her tongue vibrated with the song she sang, filling her heart with the music of a dreamer.
But all cannot happen as it was intended to, for fate is not a thing to be predicted. It laughs at the chances it gets to use the blind side of things and mangle what might have once been order into chaos.
The feet that so innocently skipped through the puddles turned a corner, and her figure disappeared from his sight. He growled under his breath and quickened his pace, rushing around the corner after his prey. But there she was, still wandering in her imagining dreams, and yet… she was no longer alone.
This time she felt the presence of her pursuer, but as she turned her head, all she saw was a ragged figure breathing heavily as he leaned against the corner of the building she had just come around. He wouldn’t dare follow her with any of his previous intentions now – she had led him away from the forbidden alleys and out onto a common but very busy street. Vendors selling dessert pastries and beer to passers-by, taxis screeching by with their glowing yellow signs, people meandering along the cobblestoned street with scarves and long coats to cloak their individuality. She was swallowed up in the throng, and he cursed, his resentful eyes not on her, but him.