Welcome to the Romantic Friday Writing Challenge, where participants share their own 300-400-word text on a given theme. This week's theme for Friday, 30th September, Challenge No. 21, is 'Fearful Heart'.
Here is my text: [I've added an extra Sanna-&-Tomas-text! Scroll down past this first text about Eva.] This is the first text:
'Hi, I'm on my way home.'
'Please come soon. Tommy misses you.'
'Alright. Kiss Tommy for me.' Eva put her phone in her back pants pocket. It was dark. She had been out with girlfriends and wanted to get home.
Should I take the short-cut through the park? she wondered, but didn't have time to think more about it, because she was grabbed from behind and pulled her off her bike. Her hands were tied behind her back. She was then blindfolded, before she could see her assailant.
'Hey, what's this all about?' said Eva, trying not to show fear. But she was fearful for her life.
'You're coming with me,' muttered a male voice.
A luney. I need to get away, thought Eva, as he picked her up and dumped her into what seemed to be the boot of a car. The floor was hard, damp and smelled of petrol and filth. Hearing the boot slam shut and then the sound of the engine, she checked to see if her phone was still there. Yes!
She pulled the phone from her back-pocket with her fingers behnd her back and pressed the emergency-number. Then she rolled over and held her face near the microphone.
'Emergency services, how may I help you!'
'Police', she whispered, 'I need the Police.'
'What has happened and from where are you calling?'
She told the dispatcher the location of the abduction. 'But I don't know where I am now.'
The dispatcher asked for her name, address and next of kin.
'We are tracing your phone now. Please keep the phone on. Are you able to speak up so that we can hear you better? '
'No, and I'm afraid to talk louder than this. He might hear me. Oh no, the car is stopping.'
'Hang on, I think we know where you are.'
'Please hurry', she whispered as she rolled over again and stuffed the phone back in her pocket. Suddenly the boot flew open and someone was pulling her out.
'Get on your feet.' orderd a harsh voice. She seemed to be lead up some steps and into a house.
She thought about the sweet smell of her baby son and the warmth of her husband's embrace, as she was pushed along. Dear God, let me see my baby and husband again!
Word count according to WordCalc: 399; FCA (Full Critique Acceptable - Write whatever you like. Constructive criticism is always welcome.)
And here is an extra text, a prequel of Sanna's & Tomas' romantic story:
Sanna found readily the image of Tomas far to the right in the back row. He looked especially handsome, smiling with his left hand resting on Katinka's shoulder, the female gym-teacher who sat in front of him. It looked like they really liked each other, and this could have been a source of jealousy for Sanna, but she suspected that it was simply the photographer's way of composing a picture, as Malte, the tall male gym-teacher, also rested his hand on the shoulder of the lady in front of him.
Sanna heard footsteps behind her and turned around to see who it was. It was Tomas bounding down the stairs. He looked at her, smiled, said 'Hello', and continued walking past her toward the headmaster's office.
Sanna went home with a fearful heart. She was not ready to stop hopping to be loved or liked by Tomas; but it seemed unlikely.
[Text Copyright 2011 Christina Wigren]
Word count according to WordCalc: 400; FCA (Write whatever you like; Constructive criticsm is always welcome.)
These two texts are both fictional.
The first text is fictional, but is based in part on events that have actually happened.
Most people don't survive when a serial killer captures them like this. This is the exception to the rule. The other victims were all prostitutes. This girl was not; she was just an ordinary innocent girl. She later made her career in some branch of law enforcement.
Text number two is a prequel to my suite about Sanna and Tomas who are completely made up characters.
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