Here are the challenge rules:
"Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count)
For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!"
And now for the good stuff:
The door swung open and a tall gray-bearded man stepped over the threshold.
“Pappy!” the children screamed. They leapt from the floor and gathered around him, hugging his legs, and smiling up at him.
“Well, I declare!”
Pappy shut the door and sat his case on the floor, then hugged them back.
A child, slightly older than the rest, stayed hidden in the shadows. He crossed his arms and watched the old man as he put the smaller children on his knees and bounced them and laughed as they pulled his beard and tugged his ears.
“Pappy, play us a tune!”
“Well, alright.” He sat the children down and pulled a fiddle out of his case.
The boy in the shadows frowned, then went to the door and pulled it open.
“Son, you’ll wanna stay for this,” Pappy said to him.
Pappy’s bow hit the strings and the boy froze. Notes leapt from the fiddle, filling the room with musical honey, and the children fell into silence and stared at Pappy’s fiddle in awe.
Goose bumps formed on the boy’s arms and, unable to control his reflexes, he smiled, then let go of the handle and the door swung shut.
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