Happy Flash Fiction Friday.
In honor of the fact that it’s St. Paddy’s day, I’ve decided that it’s your lucky day. Today I’m going to change things up a bit and share a short, but pivotal scene from my work in progress;
Shadows of Influence
Stephanie felt the gel slipping from her face and she opened her eyes. This time there was no disorientation. She knew exactly where she was. She had just completed her test.
The past few days had just been part of the simulation. All the pain, the abject terror, the heartbreak, had been a lie. She should have felt anger, but she was too exhausted for that. Her muscles felt like jelly, but she willed herself not to fall.
Christopher looked at her impassively as he waited his turn. She craned her neck to see the large screen above the machine as it printed out the words “Stephanie Williams: CLASSIFIED!”.
All lethargy left her body as she began to panic. She had heard what happened to people whose results came back as classified. They disappeared, never to be seen again. She tried to bolt, but the guards were already there to catch her and haul her toward the doors.
They didn’t take her through the large double doors. Instead, at the last second, they veered left. One of the guards placed his hand against the wall and a small, hidden door opened. As they dragged her through it, she tried to struggle free, but one of the guards pressed a small metal object against her neck and then everything went black.
Want to know what happens next? You’ll just have to wait and see. With any luck, the book should be out later this year.
I’ll see you on Monday with an update on what I’m reading.
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