Before she opened her eyes, she took stock of her body, moving from head to toe in a thorough assessment of each muscle and bone. She was hurt, sore, but not broken – at least not on the exterior – and desperately in need of water to wash away the dry bitterness that clung to her lips and tongue.

Still with eyes closed, she felt the earth give a bit beneath her weight, cool and damp enough for her to know it had rained recently, while a slight breeze moved through the trees around her and delivered the moldy odor of autumn from the leaves that crunched beneath her, their musky perfume finding its way into her nostrils.

Finally allowing herself sight, she looked up through an opening in the thick brush underneath which she now realized she was hidden from view. The sun was nearly overhead, indicating midday, but the light and air around her carried a sinister, filmy darkness uncharacteristic of noon.

The croak of a raven split the silence, announcing that evil lurked nearby and was certainly up to no good.


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Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

22 thoughts on “A Darkness Above

  1. I’m so intimidated by six sentence challenges. I haven’t been able to convince myself to do one just yet. That said, you make it seem so effortless! I love the vivid sensory detail here, and the ending was especially well-crafted in my opinion. Can’t wait to read more!

      1. Ah, thank you. I love this photo. Took it several weeks ago on a hike and it was just so…weird. It has been on my mind ever since and this was a great opportunity to let it inspire.

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