September 7, 2011

First Campaigner Challenge is a go!

So Rachael posted the First Campaigner Challenge this week. Here it is:

Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, "The door swung open" These four words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count)
For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!

I tried squeezing in those final words, but just couldn't do it =( But I did hit 200 words exactly!

The door swings open. Sano and his team are three days late.

"So?" Rei asks. She contains her impatience because anything more and she might start shouting, and Sano looks stretched thin already.

"Our surveillance was detected," Sano says. "We lost them in the gorge."

Rei nods, unable to speak, feelings and words lodged in her throat. When they're alone, she combs trembling fingers through Sano's hair, buries her face in Sano's collar and lets the cloth absorb the evidence of her relief.

Sano passes dry lips over Rei's temple and mutters, "Idiot."

Rei presses close until she can feel every weary line of Sano's body. Rei knows she should send Sano away and let him sleep, and she will, but not before she presses her cheek to gritty skin that smells of sweat and wind and dirt, and inhales that missed scent.

Sano will brush aside any sentimental words, but Rei knows that some part of Sano appreciates it because, while his eyes will shift uneasily, his hands always find hers in the quiet moments afterward.

"Be more careful next time, idiot," Rei says. "I'm not ready to lose you yet."

Sano snorts. "I'm not ready to die yet."

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I can't recall if I've shared this pic with you guys yet, but if so, here it is again lol.
Duo and Heero from Gundam Wing.

Have a great rest of the week, guys! ♥

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