Dreamless Flash Fiction Week: Day Four

Dreamless, by Josephine Angelini, Helen Hamilton spends her nocturnal hours encountering one horror after another in the Underworld. It’s the only way she can stop the eternal loop of revenge that has controlled her family’s lives for generations.

Every night is a new challenge, but the Hell House seems, well, hellish:

Helen hurried through the room with the peeling petunia wallpaper, avoiding the rotted floorboards by the soggy, mold-infested couch. It seemed to glare at her as she ran past. She’d already come this way a dozen times, maybe more. Instead of taking the door on the right or the door on the left, both of which she knew led nowhere, she decided she had nothing to lose and went into the closet.
A mossy wool overcoat loomed in the corner. There was dandruff on the collar and it smelled like a sick old man. It crowded her, like it was trying to shoo her out of its lair. Helen ignored the cantankerous coat and searched until she found another door, hidden in one of the side panels of the closet. The opening was only tall enough to permit a small child to pass through. She knelt down, suddenly creeped out by the wool coat that seemed to watch her bend over, like it was trying to peek down her shirt, and hurried through the dollhouse-sized door.
The next room was a dusty boudoir, caked with centuries of heavy perfume, yellow stains, and disappointment.

 

Today’s prompt:
Write a 100 words or fewer story in which a character gets lost in a small space.

How to Enter:

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 100 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with DreamlessFlash and DreamFlash4 on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

Enter your piece by 11:59p.m. on June 1. The Figment team will choose the 20 best entries from the entire week and send them to Josephine, who will choose one grand-prize winner to receive copies of Dreamless, Starcrossed, and a $15 Amazon gift card. For every daily prompt, the Figment team will also choose one winning entry. Each of those five writers will receive a copy of Dreamless as well as the first book in the series, Starcrossed.

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