Friday Fictioneers: Darkness Rising

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. Click here to play along or just read more stories.

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

I’m going to be honest. I wrote and recorded this yesterday. I have a busy day, and I know I wouldn’t have a story this week if I didn’t cheat. Charlie’s having surgery today, and I’m a little nervous. I’m currently in the parking lot waiting for them to take her in. Once she’s in, I’ll go to a coffee shop with wifi, finish my video, and upload.

This story is a sequel to a previous story, Darkness Falls. Given the way the first one ended, I didn’t intend for there to be a sequel, but a few people mentioned the possibility. My friend even asked what happened next, which I found perplexing. She even wrote her version of what happens next, which, to me, raises more questions than it answers, especially since I considered its predecessor complete. I rewrote the story to conform to the Friday Fictioneers format and make it my voice even though this is not my style of story. We’ll call it fan fiction, for my ego’s sake, or a non-canon collaborative effort. She is very private. I don’t think she’ll want to be credited by name. She’s off having adventures and is hard to get in contact with lately, but if she wants to be credited, I’ll amend that later.

Darkness Rising

Marissa approached Matthew’s broken body sure it was a homeless person. She gasped when she saw the unnatural way the figure lay and screamed when she saw the blood.

She took out her phone to call 911 and dropped it when she heard what seemed like a whisper emanating from the body.


A shadowy figure rose from Matthew’s corpse.

Breathing heavily and too scared to move, Marissa asked, “What are you?”

“I am judge, jury, and executioner. I am vengeance and eternal justice. I am The Darkness.”

With that, Marissa fainted and an unimaginable hell was released on humanity.

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  1. Sorry to hear about Charlie. Hope all goes well with her surgery. I believe non-fictional unimaginable hells are being unleashed all of the time on the planet. Light is the only thing that keeps us from going up in a big puff of unholy smoke.

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    1. Charlie came through her surgery fine, thank you. Now, the issue is trying to keep her from being too active and popping a stitch or two.

      It’s crazy how people come up with these unimaginable hells to inflict upon us. It’s like they don’t even know what “unimaginable” means.

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    1. Charlie is doing well, thank you. She thinks she’s better than she really is. I have to watch to make sure she isn’t jump on and off things too much.

      Thank you.


  2. Ooh, I like that collaboration and it makes perfect sense to me. Of course that screams for many sequels, we can’t let darkness win, can we? And poor Charlie, hope all goes well.

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    1. That’s what I said. It was a neatly wrapped-up story. Now, it’s open-ended for eternity. At least, it gives me another story I can return to when I need a cheater week.

      Everything went well with Charlie. Now, she’s driving us crazy acting like she feels fine, jumping up and down whenever she wants. Thank you.

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  3. One must do as one must. If the rule is fewer than 101 words is followed, I do not see it as cheating–more like good planning. And such an (un)delightfully dark story. 🙂 I hope all is well in real life.

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  4. There is something horrific about the dead cheating and sending their “darkness” into the world. I also sensed a Philip Pullman influence where every character has a demon reflecting their inner self. Great stuff.

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    1. I think the horror is what she was going for. I tried to play that up, especially on the audio version. The “Darkness” whispers from the first one played well as foreshadowing for this one. We’ll see if he comes back. Maybe the next time I’m stuck. Thank you.


  5. Dear Nobbin,

    Wow, that was certainly dark. (thinking happy thoughts). Cheat. Shmeat. You posted a story and the prompt. From all that mishegass I’m sure you could relate your story to something. No matter. Well written and (even better) read…performed. You do this so well.
    Glad Charlie came through surgery. May this week be a better one for you.



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    1. I’m sure I could have said it was the darkness in the computer screen. There was so much rushing around that day, even that was beyond my mental prowess.

      Thank you on both accounts, Rochelle. I realized when I was putting the audio together that the “Darkness” whispers from the first one played as perfect foreshadowing. So, it worked out well.

      Thank you once again. She’s healing up nicely despite all her efforts.


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