Write a story that begins in the light and ends in darkness, or the other way around.
Posted in Horror on Oct 26, 2022
Submissions are closed
Sorry, we are not accepting submissions for this prompt as it is not part of an active contest. Make sure you don't miss our next contest by creating your free Reedsy Prompts account.
Or create a new Reedsy account:
Why not check out our active contest?
✍️ 390 stories
“Angels Among Grief” by Deidra Whitt Lovegren
Before—everything mattered. Now? Nothing does. “It seems excessive—” the new angel says, eyes brimming with tears. “Grief descends on them so quickly.” He looks down again, keenly feeling each pang of despair, pooling in black waves around them like a treacherous sea. “It does,” the old archangel agrees. “But in their particular realm, grief is usually conflated with fear. The ‘not knowing’ is the hardest part for them.” “My heart hurts,” the new angel laments, folding his hand...
“The Shadow Tailor” by Maya -
Working with shadow is difficult. It’s slippery and my hands always come away damp. The fluid slips through my fingers in ribbons, a glistening ebony the color of coal and spiders. All light is absent from the room since even a minuscule flicker can damage the material. Burning holes in something flawless yet fragile. Onyx curtains obscure the windows, as to not let even a wisp of twilight inside the secluded workshop. The fire in the corner is cold, the wood damp. I haven’t lit it in weeks, leaving the chalky ash left t...
“The Gift” by Melissa Hassan
“It's been a wonderful summer so far" Bethany thought smiling to herself as she was driving with her daughter Emma, in the back, strapped to a car seat. She smiled at her daughter lovingly through the rear-view mirror as Emma returned her smile. “Are you excited honey?” “Yes!” replied her daughter happily throwing her arms up and giggling. “Okay, just hang on, we'll be the...
“RUN” by Corey Melin
I opened my eyes to complete darkness. Was I dead? Was I in hell? In complete disorientation I didn’t know what had become of me. All I know is that I had a feeling life wasn’t going well so I must be in a situation that was on the unpleasant side of life. “Mother?” I whispered. The first thought to pop into my head as I lay here. Or could I be standing? No. I fe...
“Father Tomassi’s Wet Dream” by Stevie B
No! It had happened yet again! As he slowly awoke from the deep sleep, Father Tomassi first felt fear, next anger, and then the waves of shame as he sensed the warm wetness through his pajamas and on the bedsheets. This was the third time this month and the month still had almost two weeks left in it. He tried not to recall the dream that had caused yet another unwanted nocturnal ejaculation but he knew deep down that it was the one that had been plaguing him since adolescence: the one about his junior high school...
“Luminescence ” by Charli Britton
Normally, we all think it started with darkness, but what if it was light? What if light was as old as time itself? What if, what if, what if. So many speculations. Now what if I took those theories and turned them into laws? This isn’t something science can prove, so why should I bother? We all believe in science now anyways. Where did the magic go? It has been washed away. Pushed to the side and labeled as foolish imaginings. After all, fey ...
“Where the Sun Can't Reach” by Sarah Nour
So much dark, as far as the eyes behind my goggles could see. So much silence, save for the inhales and exhales of my air tank. The only movement I can sense is my own: flippers swaying 1,500 meters above the sea floor, where the sun can’t reach.A cable connects my torch to the battery canisters around my waist. A more experienced marine biologist would tell me to turn the torch off, to better find the sea life I’m searching for: creatures lit up by their own biology. Creatures I might miss capturing on film.<...
“Seeing In Black & White” by 𝙰𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚢𝚜𝚝 ~
There was a world where light didn’t exist; where everything was dark, so the only way you could see anything was by the highlights on the objects. Many people wondered about the existence of the highlights because how could there be highlights if there’s no light at all?One of our character’s names was Cara: a modest name for a modest girl.School was decent for Cara: it wasn’t super fun, as the dictators made sure of that, but her favourite subject was History because she got to learn about things that...
“Call of Light” by Nainika Gupta
The sun sunk behind the mountains as a canopy of gold, bright amid the blue, bidding the stars to take their place. As the light surrendered, every color changed vibrant hues to tinges of charcoal. There were days I wondered what we gave in return for such gifts of divine magic; perhaps it is our love, perhaps we radiated it into space; perhaps that is our connection to creation beyond the borders of our world, our reali...
“and then you said goodbye” by Maya W.
The sun said goodbye to me And I laughed For the sun always says goodbye When the moon comes out And the darkness begins to loom It is the only moment When I can count on someone else When I can count on you For you will never say goodbye Not now, not in the past And not before Because it is in that moment When the sun says goodbye <...
“I Discover How to Stall Dying” by W.W. Skybelle (Inactive)
Warning: Censored curse words, mentions of alcohol. Note: This is part 3 of a series. If you have not read the previous parts (“I Discover that Someone’s Going to Die” and “I, Kamara, Discover that I’m About to Die”), please look at my comment in the comments section for more information. This story is for anyone who laughed while reading this series. ~*~*~
“THE LESSON OF DETACHMENT” by Feroz Tabassum
Just like a ray of light , Ritzy had entered into the Sinha family when everybody had given up the dream of getting a heir who’ll be taking the responsibility of the entire property of the Sinhas. Ritzy’s arrival had filled the family with smiles. Being born in a rich and a well established family, Ritzy didn’t know what hard work is. She had got accustomed to the luxuries. Everyday, when she woke up, slippers were brought near to her feet before she stepped on the floor. Her clothes were brought from all over the world. Being the o...
“An End To A Beginning” by Stories Are Fun
This is it. I have completed it. The final stage.At this moment, I have fallen asleep for what will almost certainly be the last time ever. This time I will truly be asleep. ForeverUpon saying these words I have completed an eventful journey. One that has been most remarkable.Over the last few months I have not been well and have been told that I have an incurable illness and that the end was evitable. I would be dead before long.Well the sad thing is we all have to d...
“A Different Blood” by Arwen Dove
It was war. The slashing of swords and the hammering of fists echoed in my ears as I hid behind a rubbish bin in a dark alleyway, hidden from view. I was a good guy, one of them, someone who supposedly saved everyone from evil. But I wasn’t brave enough to fight, I was too weak to hold a sword. Too cowardly to overcome my fears of battle. I heard voices approach, so I hid further into the shadows....
“Sun vs. Moon” by 𝔘𝔤𝔬𝔠𝔥𝔦 𝔑.
Definitions ~ In Greek, Selene means ☾ In Ancient Rome, Aelia means ☀ ☀☾ Spotty and white. That’s the colors of the moon. Or was it gray? Looking at it here I can’t really tell. But it sure is beautiful, this is what I have been waiting for, this is what I wanted to see. The moon. The magnificent moon. Its a full circle tonight, and we are sitting right in front of it. How lucky are we to sit ...
🌟 Similar prompts
End your story with a truth coming to light.
Horror – 186 stories
Set your story in a countryside house that’s filled with shadows.
Horror – 174 stories
Write about a character who thinks they have a sun allergy.
Summer – 117 stories
Enter our weekly contest!
This week's theme: Chiaroscuro
Ended on 23:59 - May 07, 2021 EST
Won by Nina Chyll 🏆
Title: On the Origin of ShadowsView details
Win $250 in our short story competition 🏆
We'll send you 5 prompts each week. Respond with your short story and you could win $250!
Tired of MS Word?
Join the revolution and write your book in a tool designed for authors. 🙌
Includes FREE typesetting to print-ready PDF & EPUB files, track changes and collaborative editing.