Monday, February 20, 2012

First Campaigner Challenge


For me, Monday usually comes with its own set of challenges, especially if I've stayed up late the night before. However, there are some challenges I welcome.

The First Campaigner Challenge started today in the form of a 200 word story with a beginning of Shadows crept across the wall. For a bonus the story should be exactly 200 words (excluding the title), include orange, and end with everything faded.

So below is my entry for the challenge.

Enjoy!

The Promise of Night
By Ann Cory

Shadows crept across the wall beyond the reddish-orange flames that flickered like a beacon. Peyton lay in wait, her bare flesh warm against the cool satin sheets. Sprigs of lavender on her bedside table infused the air with its soothing scent, while the moon dimmed its ethereal beams.

As the shadows neared, her pulse skipped.

Eyes closed, she stretched her body and welcomed the feathery kisses along her skin. A smile tipped her lips. The promise of a night bathed in pleasure, mere moments away. Aware of movement on either side of her, she tensed. Trails of heated splendor ran the length of her thighs. Unseen hands awakened and aroused her inch by inch.
Peyton released a soft moan. They were skilled lovers and knew what she liked, wanted, desired. They knew where to touch, tease, and taunt. She didn’t know why they’d chosen her. She didn’t care. Loneliness no longer plagued the hours before dawn.

Arms stretched above her head, she played the submissive. Body arched, she melted at the parting of her thighs. Tonight her ravenous appetite would be sated.

***

As she opened her eyes, the sun painted the walls in buttery shades, and with it, everything faded.

Whew! Such fun :)

To view others involved in the challenge, you can follow this link here.

Thank you to everyone who stops by - I look forward to reading your entries!

~Ann Cory

65 comments:

Jess said...

Very interesting! Great descriptive language, too! I LOVED this line, "Shadows crept across the wall beyond the reddish-orange flames that flickered like a beacon." Wonderful job!

I'm entry #19

S.P. Bowers said...

Vivid imagery. Well done.

Angeline said...

Wowsers! Yes, the language is gorgeous, and it's nice to read a piece that hasn't gone down the dark and sinister route.

Tara Tyler said...

my goodness! you are a romance writer extraordinaire!
*fans self* nice job!

David P. King said...

A solid entry. You would have been amazing during the "Is It Getting Hot In Here" bloghop. Nice one! :)

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

I could practically see and feel this.

Carrie Butler said...

Whew! Love me some romance! :D (And for a second there, I thought I smelled lavender!)

YelenaC said...

Gosh, fanning myself :) Love the description and the erotic mood. Nicely done!

Nick Wilford said...

Very smooth - a great fantasy. Well done! :)

Juliemybird said...

Just wanted to let you know that you've moved on to the second round of judging. :)

Ann Cory said...

Thank you so much Jess :) I enjoyed your story as well!

Ann Cory said...

Much appreciated S.P. and thank you for stopping by!

Ann Cory said...

Thank you so much Angeline :) I imagined sexy shadows - go figure ;) lol. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment!

Ann Cory said...

Aww, thank you Tara :)

Ann Cory said...

Very much appreciated David - especially coming from a talent like you. *bows humbly* Thank you for stopping by!

Ann Cory said...

Thank you so much Esther! :)

Ann Cory said...

You're so kind Carrie, thank you :) I love lavender, it's so romantic :)

Ann Cory said...

I appreciate your comments Yelena :) Thank you.

Ann Cory said...

Thank you so much Nick!

Ann Cory said...

That's wonderful news Julie! Thank you so much :)

J.C. Martin said...

Wooo! Hot one! Love the line "Loneliness no longer plagued the hours before dawn."

Rek said...

Enjoyed the imagery and smooth progression. Great job....

Kevin Hiatt said...

Great, descriptive writing. You've got a talent for painting a scene with nearly poetic imagery. Very nicely done!

Rachel Morgan said...

Whew! Someone get me a fan! Lol ;-)

...the sun painted the walls in buttery shades... Beautiful imagery.

Ann Cory said...

Thank you JC!! :)

Ann Cory said...

Much appreciated Rek :) Thanks for stopping by!

Ann Cory said...

Thank you so much Kevin - you're very kind. :)

Ann Cory said...

Aw, thanks Rachel :) Very much enjoyed your entry as well!

Mina Burrows said...

Very hot and nicely done. Whew! :)

Ann Cory said...

Much appreciated Mina!! :)

Alyssa said...

Nice imagery! Very descriptive too! Well done! :)

I'm #37

Daisy Carter said...

Whew! Anyone else need one of Augustus Water's metaphorical cigarettes? LOVE IT!

Ann Cory said...

Thanks so much Alyssa! :)

Ann Cory said...

Lol! Ha - Daisy - love your comment. Thanks for stopping by and giving me a chuckle while you were at it ;)

Laurie Dennison said...

Oh, I love Daisy's comment! Very steamy. It is so much fun to see all the different genres!

Ann Cory said...

Thanks Laurie - thrilled that you stopped by :)

Fairview said...

Oh my.
Steamy. And very descriptive.
Nice job!

kmckendry said...

Wow is it getting hot in here? Great job! :)

Treelight said...

Wow, that was quite hot!

Laurie Buchanan said...

Excuse me a moment while I pour some ice down my shirt! GREAT job!

Laurie Buchanan (entry #92)

Amber Clites said...

Oh my…now that is…wait a minute I need to fan myself! Excellent writing!

Alynza Smith said...

Wowza! So steamy and smooth! Loved every piece of it! :) Awesome job.

alexia said...

Saucy! The first true romance entry I've seen so far. Nice!

Ashley Nixon said...

Whoo! I needed a fan because my face was burning! GREAT job, I wish I could write scenes like this...it's like the perfect..unsaid scene, you know? Brilliant!

Deniz Bevan said...

Oooh, lovely, unseen hands. What'll happen tomorrow night?

bridgetstraub.com said...

Sometimes it's nice to be the submissive!

Charmaine Clancy said...

Oooh, spicy!
#83

Jamie Dement (LadyJai) said...

very nicely done! Love the paranormal aspect of it. :)

Jodi Su said...

the tension you build is satisfying! i am sure i am blushing right now! :)

Christy Farmer said...

Lovely writing and great imagery :-)

Miranda Hardy said...

I'm going to have to take a cold shower now. Great job!

Colleen Chen said...

Gorgeous writing...stuff to savor and re-read.

Cynthia said...

Delicious writing! Thanks for sharing!

Traci Kenworth said...

Good job.

Kerri Cuev said...

Sizzling! Nice job!

Gwen said...

You weren't kidding when your blog byline said you were a spicy writer!

#109

Cherie Reich said...

Great piece! I loved this line: The promise of a night bathed in pleasure, mere moments away.

Awesome!

Carrie-Anne said...

Very steamy and descriptive!

I'm #123.

C.M.Brown said...

Very sensual, loved it! Descriptive and vivid!

Ann Cory said...

Thank you so much for all of the lovely comments! I haven't been able to keep up with replies because I've been enjoying reading all of your entries :)

But I truly do appreciate all the kind words!

:)

MISH said...

Spicy stuff! *fans face vigorously*
With a multi-sensory appeal... really great writing!
Thanks for popping in at my place.

Stacey said...

Loved this, it's such a nice change to read something that's not dark! Very descriptive too :-)

Jennifer McMurrain said...

Great visualization, really enjoyed the read and look forward to reading more. :o)

Jocelyn Rish said...

Yowsers! Very steamy! What a great advertisement for your skill as a romance writer.

Stephanie Allen said...

I love the language here! Very descriptive...nice job!