It’s the final day of our Dreamless inspired flash-fiction week!
Helen Hamilton travels to the dark depths of Hades every night. It’s a landscape filled with treachery: crumbling mansions and dead cities, tree-trunk prisons and hell houses. The lowest point in the Underworld is the pit of Tartarus, where a special torture awaits: quicksand.
Helen took tiny, gasping breaths. This was the fifth night in a row she’d descended into this same spot in the Underworld, and she knew that the less she moved, the slower she sank into the quicksand. Even breathing too deeply edged her farther into the pit.
She was prolonging the torture, but she just couldn’t bear the thought of drowning in filth again. Quicksand isn’t clean. It’s stuffed with the dead and decaying bodies of all its former victims. Helen could feel the moldering remains of all kinds of creatures bumping up against her as she was slowly dragged down. Last night her hand had skimmed across a face—a human face—somewhere under the tainted sand.
A pocket of gas bubbled to the surface, sending up a plume of stench. Helen vomited, unable to control herself. When she eventually drowned, the putrid dirt would rush into her nose, her eyes, and fill her mouth. Even though Helen was only up to her waist, she knew it was coming. She began to cry.
Write a story of 100 words or fewer in which a character is caught in quicksand.
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 DreamFlash5 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.