We’d like to announce Graham Downs as the 12th Flash Fiction contest winner! Graham won a $10 gift card to Amazon for his piece. Please enjoy He Disappeared Into the Darkness below.
Thank you all for your great entries, and we hope you had a fun time writing and submitting them to us.
“He Disappeared Into the Darkness”, by Graham Downs
“Damn, it’s misty. And I’m late.”
I squinted, struggling to see more than a metre in front of me as I crawled the car down the narrow country road. Trees closed in on either side. I loosened my tie and undid my top button.
As I looked up, I saw a man standing in the middle of the road. He waved at me.
“He’s crazy. Gonna get himself killed.”
I slammed on brakes and missed him by centimetres.
He stopped waving. I exited the car.
“Can I help you, sir?”
The man stared at me blankly. I noticed a small cut above his left eye, and he was deathly pale.
“Sir, are you okay?”
This was getting ridiculous. I was so late, and it was getting darker by the minute. My phone battery was almost dead, and I had no hope of finding my way once it was full dark.
I threw my hands up in frustration and got back into the car.
The man didn’t move.
I started the engine. Still, the man didn’t move.
I rolled the car forward slightly. Still maintaining his pose, staring stupidly at me, the man blinked out of existence!
A second later, he reappeared, a few metres down the road.
I panicked and floored the accelerator, no longer caring about my destination, just wanting to get out of there.
Once again, before I reached him, the man blinked away. This time, he reappeared behind the car. Still standing, staring blankly at me.
In my rear-view mirror, he waved at me again.
I was breathing heavily, sweating profusely. I couldn’t keep my eye off the rear-view. I swerved to avoid an animal of some sort, and a tree jumped in front of me. I crashed into it.
Just before I lost consciousness, I remember watching the man in the mirror. I watched, as he disappeared in the darkness.