02/21 Freewrite Prompt: The Clock

21 Feb

Daily writing prompt: “The Clock”

Write about anything you’d like. Somewhere in your post, include the sentence, “I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.”

I heard the car door slam and immediately looked at the clock. 6 PM. He was home. I could almost feel him coming up the stairs to the porch. I listened as his steps got louder and louder. Short of breath and nervous as hell, I jumped off my bed and hid in my closet. The door creaked as he made his way inside of the tiny house. He let out a sigh, telling an unseen audience that he’d had a bad day at work. I heard him take off his shoes and throw them near the front door. He was the only one that liked to walk barefoot in the house.

“Ana?” he called.

I inhaled quickly, not letting another sound escape. I heard him struggle up another flight of stairs and walk towards my room.

“Ana? Are you home?” he tried once more. I closed my eyes.

There was a knock on my door. Then a softer one.

“I’m coming in…” he announced.

I squinted in the darkness. It was quiet.

He reached for the closet door and that’s when I sprinted out.

“Surprise!” I yelled, taking in the astonished look on his face.

“Oh!” He was startled. “You scared me!”

I laughed and embraced him in the tightest hug. My dad hated birthdays.


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