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Assignment 2 for FLfiction16

The second assignment was to write a short passage about any person spotted in a short video. I chose a young girl sitting at a bus stop holding a sleeping bag. I wondered what happened later in the day.


The Door


Suzi stood clutching the sleeping bag tight to her chest. Tendrils of dark hair escaped the trim woolen hat that entrapped it, the stands stark against her pale skin.

She stared at the silent wooden door.

Why had she only brought a sleeping bag? What about all the other things she would need? Toothbrush, pyjamas – a change of clothes!

But that had been the point!  A spur of the moment decision to embrace the true student lifestyle.

So why couldn’t she move? Why couldn’t she reach out and ring that doorbell?

It wasn’t her – that was why!

She pushed the strands of hair back beneath her hat.

She wanted it to be her! Whey else was she here?

If her parents could see her now. They would pour their scorn over her and whisk her back home to their protection.

Precisely why she was here. She would show them!


Her fingers dug deep into the sleeping bag as if wringing the stuff of courage from it.

She took a deep breath.

The door suddenly swung open.


Charlotte bounced out of the door, wrapped her arms around her and squealed!

“You came!”

Before Suzi could answer Charlotte whisked her through the door and her choices disappeared.




Scott Bailey is a freelance writer, author and blogger. His works include the dystopian novel “Mankind Limited” and “A Spring of Dreams” collection of poetry. His blogging ranges across family articles, poetry and short stories and even the odd book or movie review.

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