Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: A Way Out


Groggily, Kelsey opened her eyes. “Where am I?” She looked up and gasped. Above her were levels and levels of wooden stairs and railings. She felt like she had fallen into Harry Potter’s universe, into Hogwarts. “Grandma?” She shouted. There was no answer. Of course not, she thought, jumped, and grabbed the wooden railing to hoist herself onto the level above.

Looking up, down, left, and right, Kelsey searched for a staircase leading to the next level. After a moment, she finally caught a hint of a staircase at the end of the corridor. However, when she reached the end of the corridor, it was dead end. There was nothing there except a staircase painted on the wall. “Son of a…” She stomped her foot. There is no stairs, is there?

Kelsey scratched her head. Then slowly, she climbed on top of the railing and hoisted herself up another level and then another and another until she finally reached the top. “Now what?” She muttered, pushed open the hatch, and stepped out into the sun.

(~175 words)

I am participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer, where we write a piece between 100 and 150 words (more or less 25 words) in length inspired by the photo prompt above.Β 

17 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: A Way Out

  1. The photo reminds me of the famous bell tower sequences in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie classic Vertigo and to a lesser extent the closing moments of a lesser known Hitchcock movie Topaz.

    Nice twist on the staircases…

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  2. Wow Grandma has an interesting house. So smart on Kelsey’s part to boost herself up on railings. No unexpected paintings etc that way. Great write Yinglan!

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    1. Actually, this is sort of a continuation from last week’s story. I saw the picture and thought, that’s it, I have to continue even though it’s against the rule. Thank you for reading. πŸ™‚

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  3. I like the way you’ve used this prompt to continue Kelsey’s story. It was a strange way out of the mysterious place she found herself in – and even then she had to use her wits when the stairs suddenly ended. Al least she found herself out in the sunshine. Perhaps she’ll stay away from Grandma’s basement in future.

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