Wake up.

I became aware of the frown on my face as soon as I gained consciousness. A radiant ray glistened from the window across my left eye. It narrowed the pupil and created warmth in a strip along my skin. The sunlight was headache inducing.

Dusty particles pirouetted across the beam, vanishing as soon as they crossed to the other side. I took a deep breath and a pungent stench attacked my insides. I opened my mouth to avoid it, but the smell enveloped my lungs after clinging to the back of my throat.

I tried to stand. My legs weren’t listening, they stayed heavy on the floor. As I shifted my head away from the sunlight the rest of the room became clear.

I was just one of many.

Rows and rows of them and the only one moving was me.



38 Comment

  1. […] Thank to Laura and her Literary Lion. Here is my take on this week’s prompt: Morning […]

  2. […] This is a work of creative fiction, created for the prompt: morning. […]

  3. Andy says: Reply

    Interesting choice of “them” at the end, rather than “us”.

    I failed last week. I wrote “woods” at the very top of a new sheet of A4 and all I though about was teddy bears.

    I’m in this week. And have also gone for your theme of shafts of light in the mornings. 🙂

    1. Thanks, I was going for the mysterious tone I guess. Teddy Bears aren’t all that bad, but it’s as if your head is filled with fluffy clouds and rainbows and unicorns.

      1. Andy says: Reply

        If I could get the teddybears/clouds/rainbows/unicorns combo out of my skull, I may be able to write something serious.

        1. It’s a common problem.

  4. Nice and creepy Laura. I like the contrast from a glistening radiant ray of sunlight to a hideous stench.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you noticed, usually sunlight brings with it thoughts of freshness and the open air, but I saw this space quite differently.

  5. […] round to my Literary Lion post for this week, with only two days to go. This is hosted by Laura at I Smith Words and involves a word prompt, supplied by our friend the Literary Lion, and up to 400 […]

  6. Great story – reminds me of being a student and waking up disorientated, somewhere strange, with a blistering hangover 🙂 Very well described.
    I finally did my story! Better last minute than never.

    1. Much better late than never! Haha, I’m such a lightweight I never could quite drink enough to induce a hangover even as a student, I’m nor sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing…

  7. […] This week’s 400 word or less writing prompt from ISmithWords’ Literary Lion writing prompt is: “Morning”. […]

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