"The Corridor"

It was the distinct sound of metal lightly scraping against stone. 'Scratch, scratch, scratch,' came the rhythmic scrape, resonating down the long, empty corridor.

It was just an desolate hallway, a passageway reaching outward in two directions until the ends couldn't be seen by the naked eye. Darkness shrouded both ends and all you could do was walk one way or the other; both ways looked the same, equally neglected.

Scratch, scratch, scratch…

Overhead, a popping noise was heard every time one of the ceiling lights flickered. Shadows danced joyously, appearing one places and disappearing into another. Flashes of dark figures moved in time to the pulsing light, grinning, watching, moving.

Scratch, scratch, scratch…

Some of the light hummed, pumped with enough energy to keep them steady. They buzzed in a constant key, illuminating a small patch of the corridor: stone. A concrete ceiling with sporadic cracks stretching from one side to the other; a concrete floor that was a dull, dead gray and dusty from abandonment; concrete walls on either side with large claw marks scattered randomly along the stone slabs. But what had enough strength to mark these walls?

Scratch, scratch, scratch…

It was chilly, cold enough to make one shiver from lack of warmth in such a compact hallway. All you had to help keep warm were the clothes on your back because heat couldn't possibly making it through those cement walls. Then again, nothing known to man could possibly make in through those scarred walls. Nothing ever made its way into the hallway, and nothing ever made its way out.

Scratch, scratch, scratch…

End.


Author's Note: I'm posting some recent works I've mine that I've submitted for my Creative Writings class. I post them here in hopes of getting even more feedback and improve my writing even further. That said, please tell me your thoughts!

This particular little snippet was an assignment given to us to focus on the beginning of a story, but only on the setting, too see how well we could describe it by itself. I don't plan on continuing this, but I have to say I really enjoyed writing it!