24-Hour Short Story Contest Prompt: Spring 2008





The following text was supplied as the prompt for the spring 2008 24-hour short story contest sponsored by WritersWeekly, an online writers' magazine. My entry for the contest is here.

She thought she heard water trickling over rocks and turned toward the sound, ignoring the thorns that sliced her short, chubby legs. She sat down, drinking as fast as she could. She jumped up when she once again heard all those strangers calling her name, somewhere behind her, higher up. She wasn't sure. She quickly stepped back and her hair got tangled on a low branch. She wrenched it free, her panic having dulled all pain hours ago. The forest canopy swallowed her as she sobbed and stumbled, repeatedly whispering to herself...

Word count must not exceed 1000.