Time was running out.

I paced around the room, frantically trying to figure out what to do. There were no windows. Hell, it looked like there wasn’t even a door. But of course there was. There always was. Somehow, I had been shoved into this room.

There were no lamps, no light, and yet I could see clearly were the floor ended and intersected with the walls. There was nothing in this dark grey cell apart from the hourglass, were the sand steadily trickled through. I couldn’t turn it. Once the sand stopped trickling, they would gas this room. I knew that. There was no escape. No more time, and yet there was still too much time. Time during which all I could do was dread the end. And it would come. There was no way out.

© 2016

Friday Fictioneers, 19th February 2016

Photo prompt provided by Sandra Crook

14 responses to “Countdown”

  1. Scary situation. I hope she finds someway or someone comes to help her.

    1. I hope so too!

  2. Torture of the worst kind, do you see her breaking free?

    1. I don’t think I do… though you never know. Someone might come save the day in the last second.

    1. Indeed… Thank you for reading.

  3. Nasty – a quick end would have been more merciful.

    1. Yeah, all that waiting is even worse than just dying a quick death.

  4. I would try to turn the hourglass just to get it over with.

    1. It couldn’t be turned… But yes, I agree with you, I would try to as well. Better to get it over with than wait for it and dread the moment.

  5. So scary and hopeless. Well written, the desperation comes through strongly.

    1. Thank you. I was beginning to feel desperate myself while writing it…

  6. Great tension build-up! Sad that it was such a hopeless situation. Excellent story!

    1. Thank you! Who knows, maybe there’s still some glimmer of hope somewhere down the road..

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