F3 Week 3: This Could Be the Start of Something Big

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Stephen King said about the first sentence of a story:  “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story.  It should say:  Listen.  Come in here.  You want to know about this.”  This week, let’s focus on opening lines.  Below are five choices.  Your task is to choose one to begin your story with.  Make your story grab us, pull us in, and refuse to let us go.  Here are your choices:
1.  ‘I always knew there was something not quite right about Harold.’
2. ‘Why, on this night of all nights, must it begin again?’
3. ‘When she opened the door, she couldn’t believe it was really there – waiting.’
4. ‘When he awoke and looked around, nothing in the room seemed familiar.’
5. ‘The light shone brightly through the crack in the roof, and they all became very frightened.’
Got one picked?  Great.  Then, get started!
Prompt:  Wow us with a story beginning with one of the listed opening lines.
Genre;  Open
Word Count:  1,500 or less
Deadline:  Thursday, September 17, 2015
Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.
About Evan Henry (257 Articles)
Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
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