Rachael Harrie has given the rules for her Second Challenge during her Fourth Campaigner blogfest. She gave five writing prompts and a variety of options of what we were allowed to do with them.
I decided to use prompts 1, 2, and 4 and write a pitch for a book on these. Then, instead of writing a flash fiction piece, I wrote the opening section of the book with the same word count restriction. Finally, I chose to write out of my genre and make this a Suspense/Thriller story. I invite any of the readers to leave a critique of the story or my writing style.
And without further ado, here it is:
Title: The Bridge Club
The adults of
gather behind closed doors every week and discuss the latest business over a game of bridge. Unfortunately, when their children form a bridge club of their own they discover a dark secret the town has buried in the river. Riverside
The two of us sat beneath what remained of the bridge. As we rested, backs against the rusted supports, our breathing slowed to something near normal. Blood still oozed from Rita’s leg. The quick patch job – if that’s what you could call a strip of cloth wrapped around her the wound couple of times – had slowed the bleeding. She needed a better level of medical attention than I could give her.I peeled the wet hair away from my face and pushed it back into place. The sounds of angry men echoed along the banks of the river and reminded me that we needed to be moving away from here. Away from our bridge.
Had it really been thirty years since all of us had come together for its unveiling and formed the Bridge Club? We played together on top of the bridge before they opened it to traffic and later gathered together in secret below it.
Except, our club wasn’t the only thing hidden under the bridge.