It is (quoted from Jessica McKendry's blog) "a bloghop hosted by [Jessica McKendry] and Kathy at Imagine Today on the 15th of every month (except April, because the A-Z Challenge makes things crazy!). We came up with it as a way to meet new friends, help build the blogging community and (hopefully) spark your creativity!"
Here is my entry:
More Than A Spark
My breathing was haggard. The air poised to kill, it had to be. That blasted candle.
I held the lump of blue wax in my right hand, the one that wasn’t adorned with what felt like a million gashes. Why did I have to steal it from the supermarket downtown? There were plenty of reasonable things I could have swiped. No, I shop-lift for candles, pay-as-you-go phones, and coffee mugs. Forget the “klepto”, I’m just a maniac.
They used to call me “Crazy Clumsy Cornelia” in high school. Did they know then that I was destined to perish because of my flaws? Worse than that, most of them didn’t even bother to learn my real name.
Another wave of pain shot through my hand. I ripped out a ceramic shard and tossed it in the corner. The pain dulled and turned to a chill with a surge of fresh blood. Wow, I might bleed out before I can asphyxiate.
Heat radiating from the doorway made quick work of my bleed, thickening the maze of scabs. I plucked out more shards. It’s not like I had much to do but wait to die.
I wept as I read the remains of my coffee mug: “…can prevent wild-fires.” The first part should have said: “Only my two left feet…” It only took a second for my candle to create a blaze fiercer than the best depiction of Satan’s realm. Of course, I had to land on my coffee cup. An empty, newly-purchased house with only my three most recent lifts and a tumble takes my hand, house, and life.
What was that?
It can’t be the phone; I already checked the battery. A siren?
Cough. No! Hack. No! Everything was fading. I heard the pounding stream of water outside. I smiled. But it wasn’t hope that fueled my grin. I laughed at the lustrous light that replaced the flames. One step forward, two, three...
(The word count is 322.)