The Dark

The world dimmed until there was nothing left to clearly see.  A brighter world.  That’s what they promised.  But, there would be a cost.  There was always a cost.

In anticipation of the day, Keitha perched on her favorite chair inside the comfortable dark.  Without warning, a burst of light exploded through her window. The dark ran for the corners of the room.  

They had arrived!  

She jumped from the chair and allowed the bright to wash over her.  Squinting to see beyond the glare, she froze.  A shiver ran down her spine.  Keitha begged for the dark to return. 

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was provided by Rowena Curtin.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here.

49 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Wonnderfully atmospheric

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    1. I like that! Thanks so much, Neil.

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  2. I enjoyed the way it kept me intrigued to know more, Brenda.
    Interesting take on the prompt this week. Be well … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

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    1. I’m so glad it kept you engaged. A very nice compliment, Isadora!

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  3. JT Twissel says:

    Sometimes the light is a bit too much – well done!

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    1. I completely agree! Thank you so much for your encouragement. I hope you are well! 🙂

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  4. Bill says:

    Indeed, there it is. Be careful what you wish for. Well done.

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    1. Yes, so true! Thanks much, Bill.

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  5. Sue says:

    Oh! This gave me chills! Well done 😊

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    1. I have to say that’s what I was going for so I’m glad. 🙂 Thank you for letting me know, Sue!

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  6. plaridel says:

    to be in the dark can provide comfort. light like truth can be scary.

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    1. Those are very wise and true words!

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  7. lolaWi says:

    light is intriguing sometimes and there is peace in the dark.

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    1. I agree completely! Thank you for stopping by, Lola 🙂

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  8. draliman says:

    Very ominous. I wonder what’s out there… Nice one!

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    1. I’m glad you found it ominous. 🙂

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  9. Dear Brenda,

    I’m still in the dark as to what Keitha saw, but I loved the story. A scene well set.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I very glad you enjoyed the story!! 🙂

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  10. granonine says:

    A case of “what we don’t know certainly CAN hurt us!” Good story!

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    1. That’s right. There’s the old saying, “There’s nothing in the dark that’s not in the light.” Well, there’s something in the light that’s not in the dark. Thanks, Linda! 🙂

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Very mysterious! I guess light can be scary if you’re used to the dark. The light here could be a metaphor for understanding; that can sometimes be terrifying.

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    1. It can be terrifying indeed. I’m glad you found the story mysterious, Penny. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

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  12. That turned so chilling! Thanks for intriguing and surprising me.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Oh, I’m so happy to have surprised you! Thanks, Susan, for letting me know. 🙂

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  13. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice twist Brenda – sometimes it’s best to stay in the shadows!

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    1. Thanks so much, Iain. I agree! 🙂

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  14. Ann Coleman says:

    I really liked this! Reminds me of the old saying, “be careful what you wish for!”

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    1. Yes, me too. We certainly should. I’m very glad you enjoyed the story, Ann. Thank you for letting me know! 🙂

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  15. subroto says:

    Looks like the light brought forth what was hidden in the dark and it wasn’t pretty. Intriguing story.

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    1. It certainly did. I’m so glad you found it intriguing. =)

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  16. I can really see how hope is being replaced by despair… the light is not those of a savior but the harsh light of the predator.

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    1. I’m very pleased you saw all of that. Thank you for letting me know, Bjorn.

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  17. Nobbinmaug says:

    “The dark ran for the corners of the room.” Great line. I like the way you flipped the light and dark dynamic, so the light is the source of fear. I’m intrigued.

    I have to admit, I was distracted by the name Keitha. It firmly flashed me back to the episode of Flight Of The Conchords, “Unnatural Love,” where Jemaine had an Australian girlfriend named Keitha. “That’s a man’s name.” “It’s a female name. It’s got an ‘a’ on the end.” That’s the only other time I’ve encountered that name. The name alone makes me laugh.

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    1. I’m so glad the story left you intrigued and the name gave you a good laugh. I’ve heard a song or two by those guys, but not watched a show. Thanks for including the video. =)

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  18. msjadeli says:

    Your story kept me on the edge of my seat. I wonder what she saw? Good tension building!

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments! =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  19. Sandra says:

    A cliffhanger to beat all cliff hangers!

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    1. A very nice compliment. Thanks so much, Sandra!

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  20. notestowomen says:

    It makes you wonder what she saw that would make the dark more preferable to the light. Great plot twist, Brenda.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed. Thanks so much for letting me know! =)

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      1. notestowomen says:

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  21. Not all light is created equal and not all shadows are bad …

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    1. A very true statement, Na’ama! =)

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  22. Tannille says:

    Oooo it feels like the story just started. What a great beginning it would make.

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    1. I’ll keep that in mind. I’ve since had ideas for a bigger story from here. Didn’t think I would. So, we’ll see. Thanks so much for saying so, T! =)

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      1. Tannille says:

        So many ideas, too little time… 😀

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