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BDN Archive – The Door – Short Fiction Piece

This was originally posted on blackanddarknight.wordpress.com on September 9, 2011.

This was written for one of the rounds of (sadly now defunct) Writer’s Platform Building Campaign. There were challenges issued throughout the campaign, and the prompts for this particular one were to begin the story with “The door swung open” and to end with “The door swung shut” while keeping it under 200 words.


The Door - Flash Fiction by Rebekah Loper | RebekahLoper.com

The door swung open.  Seth concentrated, focusing on the energy around him and in him.  The door flickered as his grasp on it wavered.  A hand landed on his shoulder.  Seth jumped, and the door almost vanished, but not quite.

“You’re trying too hard,” the voice was deep and almost ominous.

“I’m sorry, Father Time,” Seth was finally able to speak and at least maintain the connection at the same time.  Constructing gateways was not easy at all.

“Trust me,” Father Time instructed, “Trust that I control the energy.  I have given you the ability, but trust that I manage it for you.”

Seth took a deep breath.  With the air came energy, filling his lungs, then his blood, and then traveling to his hands.  Holding them palm side up, he saw the door frame resting on them.  Father Time’s hand was still on his shoulder, and the energy flowed between them and the gateway.

The doorway solidified, and for just a brief moment in time, Seth saw his ancestral home, bathed in the midnight moon.

“Now close it,” Father Time commanded.

Seth took a deep breath.  Air became energy, and became a solid door.  It shimmered.  The door swung shut.


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A Weekend Away

writer's colony, dairy hollow, eureka springs, arkansas
Entrance to the Writer’s Colony at Diary Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

It’s been a while since I last blogged, and I’m sooo sorry, guys! Other than sharing things from the Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society, I think my last actual post here was back at the end of NaNo. Oops.

I just haven’t had the mental energy to do so, and the one time I did (sometime back in February), Mr. Loper startled me and I accidentally deleted my entire post and WordPress autosave hadn’t caught the most recent part, which was a significant portion of the post I just… couldn’t find it in my brain again.

Right now, though, I’m not at home. I’m in Eureka Springs, taking advantage of a huge opportunity I got through the Oklahoma Women Bloggers group. I’ll be blogging more in full about that later, but let’s just say that I get to spend the weekend with four other lovely ladies (three of them are also Oklahoma Women Bloggers) at the Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow.

So far, it’s been very productive. I’ve finished reading through my A-Zs of Worldbuilding manuscript, and am now going back and doing the revisions and edits that I noted on the computer. This is hopefully my second-to-last draft. I’m planning to send out a newsletter in the next few days, so if you want to be an advance/beta reader for this thing, go sign up (if you’re not already on the list.)

Tomorrow, I’ll be tackling Catalyst. Because it’s about dang time I finished those revisions. Sadly, all I’ll probably get done is reading some (hopefully most or ALL) of my manuscript over again, because I haven’t touched the thing in at least a year. Oops.

Hope you all in the blogging realm (my dear readers, whether you blog or not) are doing well! Let me know what’s up with life in the comments!