Silent Night

Writing Challenge: Jan 18, 2018

Prompt: Write a story that begins with “the silence woke her”

The silence woke her. Her eyes swept the dark room- quickly analyzing every shadow. Nothing was wrong. Nothing out of place; everything was as it had been for the last 2 years since they had moved in- except one thing.

It wasn’t just quiet- it was unnaturally silent. It wasn’t just dark- it was black, with even blacker corners. This was her first night alone after it happened.

She was so used to hearing someone else breathing beside her, someone else’s footsteps in the hall on their way to the bathroom, someone else’s music singing, someone’s dishes clattering, someone else’s voice talking, laughing, shouting…

Now, there was only silence.

It was her first night in a silent bed, in a silent room, in a silent apartment. It was her first night alone since her girlfriend died.

 

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