Labuki’s eyes adjusted to the dark room as the door closed behind her. She could smell dirt and dust. She felt the cold cement walls and slowly edged around the new space.

Her foot hit a round, hard object on the floor. Using her hands she felt the circular object. A handle protruded from the top of it. A traditional hand mill, she thought. Was she now expected to make food for her captors?

She picked up the heavy lid of the mill, she handled the wooden stick used for turning it, she beat the stick into her palm. Now she had the means to fight back.

Labuki crouched waiting for the door to open again.

© Shaktiki Sharma

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE).  The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above, thanks to Sandra for the photo this week).

For more stories based on this prompt, visit HERE.

61 responses to “ESCAPE”

  1. Oh, my there’s going to be some serious trouble! A great take on the picture, Iain – seeing that handle as a potential weapon was a real brainwave. Great stuff and let’s hope she makes it out 🙂

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      • I think a few people felt the same, but the initial obscurity of the objects in the room just meant we’ve written a lot of different stories this week, which is great.
        I loved your take on it – nicely done 🙂

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  2. I hope it’s not the room of the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk because she won’t be grinding flour to make the bread!
    Terrifically written Iain. I like your descriptives and execution.

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  3. I love the way you have her discovering the details of her prison by feel. And the final discovery with its potential for escape finishes the story perfectly. Very good.

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