Dark Clouds

Today’s Writing 101 challenge – to use a conversation or something overheard as a starting point and introduce a sense of foreshadowing (hinting of something to come)…

The elderly woman sat on her chair at the end of the corridor with the other people waiting to go into the group room. She was telling a story. The last line was delivered with a flourish, a note of finality in her voice. Her reward was the stunned silence of her audience. Sometimes you have to concede that the last word belongs to someone else.

“”She found three of them dead at the bottom of the stairs”. My attention was elsewhere as I hurried past this small group of women, only for it to be harpooned so spectacularly by the story teller. Without context, my mind created a kaleidoscopic vision of contorted bodies to try to make sense of what I had heard. But were they necessarily human bodies?

At the bottom of the stairs, at the end of the corridor, before the natural end of a day we too will have the last word.

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