Tag: Flash Fiction

100 Word Story – Tomb of the Lost (Finale)

I detached my climbing harness and walked up the decaying steps towards the light-covered podium. A strange ringing sound came from the podium, growing louder as I got closer. Once my foot stepped into the light, a sudden warmth washed over my body.

An ancient chant began replaying in my head.

The guidance of the Sun lights the path. Father time decides the fate of the living and erodes the dead. Mother nature’s wrath has no bounds, nor does she apply restraints. To embrace divine absolution, one must give sight to…

I touched the podium. “The Eyes of the Earth.”


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100 Word Story – Tomb of the Lost (Part Five)

I took a moment to check on my supplies: a fully stocked first aid kit, loaded flare gun with an extra shot, extra yards of rope, my sharpening stone for my pickaxe and combat knife, and an extra flashlight.

I checked my axes, making sure there was enough wire between them and my harness. Deep breath in and out, I approached the cliff edge, looking down into the seemingly endless pit. At the very bottom flashed a strange blue light, flickering, enticing me to reach for it.

“This is it… It’s really here.”

The Eyes of the World, they’re mine.


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100 Word Story – Tomb of the Lost (Part Four)

Goddamn it, what’s with all these traps?!

Seeing the small exit just a few feet away, I went for a final leap to try and clear the gap as fast as possible. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t as graceful as other fictional explorers; I came in for a hard landing, covering my face as I crashed into another room, free of traps.

Rolling onto my back, my chest struggled to breathe in the clean air. After a few violent coughs, my lungs managed to suck in a large gasp.

I grunted, “This treasure better be worth all this goddamn trouble…”


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100 Word Story – Tomb of the Lost (Part Three)

I glanced down at the pit below me, feeling my heartbeat on the edge of exploding. From all my years of exploration and tomb raiding, never have I had to deal with a trap like this, let alone deal with traps altogether. Thank God my hook was long enough to reach the edge of where I fell through.

I kept my fingers on the trigger of my grappling hook, making the mechanical took slowly pull me up. The spiked pit below slowly faded into darkness as I rose back up to the floor.

Holy shit, I think I pissed myself…


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100 Word Story – Tomb of the Lost (Part Two)

The walls seemed to come alive the deeper I went into the city. My tactical flashlight lit up everything in front of me, from the cracks and breaks in the structures, to the clay pottery that littered the ground.

I looked all around in awe at the amazing sight of a long forgotten ancient city. It must have been wonderful to live here, selling all kinds of wares and trinkets to others. Just imagine seeing children running around as their parents traded and bartered for a living.

I sighed with content. However, I froze when something shifted under my foot.


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100 Word Story – Tomb of the Lost (Part One)

“I’ve only dreamed of entering these ancient halls. And now, I’m trying to unravel the mystery behind its cover-up.”

Rachel couldn’t contain her excitement—she was finally beginning to solve her life’s work, years of research and planning now converging onto her largest and most grand exploration. The cold air of the tombs whistled through the aged walls, rustic rock statues stood high among the rubble. And Rachel planned to go straight into the central chambers to find what she was looking for.

She brushed her hands against the carved hieroglyphics, reading them out loud.

“‘The Eyes of the World.’”


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100 Word Story – Cave Note (Finale)

It was a strange sight, seeing the man run towards me; he was the first person who actually tried to come and save me. Everybody else ended up either falling off of the cliff, or went insane trying to navigate the twists and turns of the cave.

I almost felt a bit bad about watching him get captured by my shadows on the wall.

I watched him from a couple feet away, his whole body being swallowed by the shadows. Curious, I approached him and went into his pockets, finding the note and taking it.

“Time to trap another one.”


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100 Word Story – Cave Note (Part Five)

I couldn’t understand how the girl could keep laughing at a time like this; everything inside this cave was just shrouded in mystery, and she wasn’t even phased by it all.

Along the back wall, I could see a shadowy figure slowly reach out for the girl, strange, thin finger-like tendrils spreading out. The girl just stood there, laughing, looking at me.

I didn’t understand what was going on or why the girl was here, but shew needed to get away. I sprinted forward when the hand went to grab the girl’s head.

“No!”

The girl stopped laughing, “Got you.”


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100 Word Story – Cave Note (Part Four)

The girl continued her laughing as she ran around another corner, her footsteps splashing in the growing pools of water. I kept shouting for her to come back, but she ignored everything. My feet grew cold as I stomped through the waters of the cavern, my clothes getting heavier every time I took the wrong step.

Out of breath, I stopped when I reached the next corner, holding onto the walls to keep me from falling over. I looked ahead to see what was down the way, and froze when I saw the girl.

“Hey, get away from there! Now!”


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100 Word Story – Cave Note (Part Three)

The cliff above was nowhere in sight from the bottom of the ladder; I couldn’t see no more than a couple of meter above, the torch still in my hand. As I wandered around looking for my next cavern to walk through, I heard a young girl’s laughter coming from nearby. I spun around and saw a girl in a white dress staring at me in the distance.

I asked her if she was okay, but she immediately turned around and began running away, laughing the entire time.

It must be the girl in the note.

“Hey, wait! Come back!”


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100 Word Story – Cave Note (Part Two)

The air blowing through the cave grew colder and colder as I followed the torch-lit path. At the end there was an opening leading into a massive cavern. Without any other light source in sight, I grabbed one of the torches from the wall, using it as my guide.

Each step echoed, ringing in my ears as they bounced off the solid walls. I accidentally kicked a pebble, sending it off of a nearby cliff. At the edge was a rope ladder leading down.

Hesitant, I leaned over to look down into the black abyss.

Looks like I’m going down…

 


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100 Word Story – Cave Note (Part One)

This cave is a lot deeper than I originally thought. I’m starting to have a bad feeling about following this through all the way.

There was something in my gut that was telling me to turn back, to run away and ignore that note I found. The dark, eerie sounds of water dripping from the cave ceiling, the creeping shadows from the lit torches on the walls, the twists and turns around every corner—everything felt like a trap. But I, in good conscience, couldn’t go back.

I needed to know if there really was a girl trapped in here.


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