Monday, 23 January 2012

Blog Hop Contest!

So what is a Blog hop contest?
It's a competition amongst writers to write a short section of prose using the picture below as inspiration. You can write a poem, a song or flash fiction but must keep it to 300 words or less. More details at

So here's my entry:

It was deathly quiet. Wein woke suddenly finding himself lying on his back in a forest. He hadn’t a clue how he’d got there. The last thing he remembered was drinking with Gary.

 Wait – maybe that was it? He examined his surroundings carefully. The woodland was quite open with tall straight trees. He couldn't see far though the mist though. The ground was covered with small white flowers; he didn't recognise them but his nose told him ‘wild garlic’.

It was probably early morning since there was a chill in the air. There was nothing really odd except for that complete silence and the single light bulb hanging high amongst the trees.
A light bulb? In the middle of woodland? What was it hanging from? He could only make out a cable disappearing in the mist. He dusted off the forest detritus from his jeans. He was wearing the same T-shirt as he wore last night. He shivered, goosebumps on his arms. He wanted to examine the flowers and trees to see if they were real but needed warmth. Time to find a way out.

He started walking away from the light, since he assumed that would be in the middle – if that’s where he was.

After walking about fifty paces he stopped and looked back. No tracks through the flowers and that light bulb was still in the same position relative to him. If it wasn’t for the trees changing positions slightly, he didn’t seem to have moved.

He dropped to his knees and examined the flowers. They seemed real, the ground wasn’t damp though. He examined a tree and broke off some bark. It crumbled to dust in his fingers. He smiled.

“OK Gary. You win. You can let me out the virtual reality room now.”

In case you're interested Wein and Gary are characters who I borrowed from our 'A Vested Interest' series. 
Wein is an electronics technician with an interest in nanotechnology. Gary is a doctor at the cutting edge of medical research.