Beyond the door

The door at the top of the house hadn’t been opened in years. There’s a flappy thing — I think it’s called an ‘escutcheon’ — that covers the keyhole; sometimes I would move it aside and peer inside, imagining what might lie within, but I could see nothing.

I could smell something on the other side, though, through that hole. Something sweet, alluring; no matter the time of year, it always smelled like spring.

And then one day in the attic, in a box of old photographs, I found a note in an envelope. The note simply said ‘Search the birch by the church’. The very next day I went to examine the old tree in the churchyard. It had been hit by lightning before I was born and the trunk had been split. My fingers felt within and, to my surprise, I found a brass key hidden there.

Barely able to control my excitement, I raced back to the house, took the stairs two steps at a time to the top floor, ran across to the door and turned the key in the lock. The door creaked open, revealing a new world beyond. Taking a deep breath, I stepped through.

A key in a lock

Photo credit: January MorgueFile d11aad1a4ea61dc8f06495aa4a0b6a72

Word count: 199
Prompted by Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner
(with thanks to pensitivity101 for the pointer)

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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13 Responses to Beyond the door

  1. Tom says:

    I know rooms like that!!!
    Always good to look beyond…
    I enjoyed reading this story.

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  2. It’s wonderful the way you’ve conveyed the excitement!

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  3. This is great! Glad you took part in Roger’s challenge.

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  4. revruss1220 says:

    This is great! Sucked me right in.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Really great story! I love that you can almost try and smell what the main character is smelling. Very intriguing!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. rogershipp says:

    Thanks for participating this week. A great take on the prompt. What a great place to find teh directions to a hidden key. I loved the cliff-hanger…Are you planning to continue it?

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