The monster within the blue fence

I’m so excited for this post today.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m in my first year at University studying creative and professional writing. As well as doing my degree I’m also working on a chapbook and a short story on the side.

I’m doing a lot of writing at the moment, as to be expected, but I don’t want it all to be put side in a folder and never see the light of day. So, I’ve created a new category on my blog called By the author and here I’m going to share with you all what I’ve been working on. This is by no means my portfolio (my online on is currently under development and will be making an appearance on my blog next year) but a casual space for me to share my work as I experiment with new writing techniques. I feel like this is a great way for you guys to get to know me in a different way, and I can start to build an author platform and be something more than just a blogger.

All of the work I share is my own so please do not use without my consent.

The monster within the blue fence

By Arabella E

He didn’t do jobs for free. Making a person disappear took time and expert skills, not something that was without cost. But the note had puzzled him. Eliminate the monster within the blue fence was all it said. He wasn’t planning on taking the job but soon he found himself in a housing estate, puzzled.

Surly this wasn’t the home of a monster? Blue fence closed a pampered lawn, flowers framed the pathway and proudly in the middle stood a house. Doors closed; curtains drawn but still he could hear music from inside. He didn’t care for music.

Movement caught his eye, a child’s face through the curtain. The bruising was as obvious as the fear in their eyes. It made sense now, why he was given the note. Truly there was a monster within the blue fence

He suspected that the monster must have looked human to its neighbors. Well dressed in a suit with briefcase in hand as it left for work. Curtains closed so the world couldn’t see it’s true form, music blaring to disguise its roars and the cries from the child that followed.

People often though of him as a monster and maybe they were right. But as he looked down at the note in his hands, he couldn’t help but smirk. Today he was the monster hunter, and this would be the last time the monster within the blue fence hurt a child.

He didn’t take jobs for free, but this job mattered.

The monster within the blue fence was a piece of flash fiction I wrote for my pros class.

Traditionally flash fiction is a tiny bit longer than this, but we were given a word count of 250 what proved to be quite the challenge. We were also given a visual prompt for the piece of writing and had to use at least one aspect of it in our story. The prompt was a young lady from the 1980’s in an ice cream parlor surrounded by children. From the prompt I took the aspect of a bit of royal blue fencing and tried to incorporate it into the story.

My biggest challenge with this was the word count, 250 words just wasn’t enough for me. The original draft was over 600 words long and went more in depth as to how our protagonist got the note, what his job was and who was the monster. However, I think that the word count made the story open to more interpretations due to the lack of solid information you as the reader are given. I had to take out a lot of the wordy explanations and it really brought the story to life.

In my head I had a clear topic I wanted to write about, my only aim was to write about it in a more cryptic fashion to keep it less upsetting. I submitted this story to my class and I got a few different interpretations of what people though the monster was and what it symbolized. I found the different interpretations quite interesting so I’m going to leave the explanation of this piece open, if you think you know what I’m talking about or what the monster symbolizes (or if you think it has any mean at all… it might not) then let me know in the comments bellow.

I hope you liked my first every attempt at writing flash fiction and that you’re as excited as I am for this new section of my blog. This is also where I’m going to be posting updates of my works in progress with my chapbook and short story, so make sure you’re following either via email or your WordPress account to be kept in the loop with all of that.

Until next time, take care all.

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