Restricted Entry by Tapan Mozumdar

Prompt: Forbidden Places | Words: 1795 | Genre: Fiction

Social butterflies, like the pretty authoress, always get it easy. Easy parents, easy education, easy spouse and then? Easy literature, easy publishing, easy readers, and here I am! Staring at the rectangular outlay of a daunting MS Word file. The keyboard warms up for a marathon outpour. I shudder to type beyond the first sentence that flew at me like a cockroach the moment I stepped into the toilet. I peed with as much force as possible and saved time to flush. Words juggled between the left and right sides of my brain and I was afraid of dropping them. Continue reading

The Dangers of Freedom by Liane Greeff

Prompt: Forbidden Places | Word Count 1799 | Genre: Memoir

Warning: Potential male violence

If feels like a lifetime ago, but it was just twenty years. I was living in Santa Elena in a cloud forest which was part of the Monteverde Mountains of Costa Rica. It was a magical time of being free in the world. I was living almost alone in the Santa Elena Bosque Nubosa with my only companions, the tour guides and tourists during the day and the night guard in the evenings. A real tropical forest is abundant in life and with the clouds providing moisture the cloud forests have abundant life at every level of the canopy. Continue reading

The Perfect Couple by Anusuya Kashi

Prompt: Forbidden Places l  Word Count: 1800 words exactly  l Genre: Fiction

The shrill ring of the phone jolted Neha out of her reverie. A calm voice asked, “Is this Mrs. Arora?”

“Yes, I’m Neha Arora. Who’s calling, please?”

“I’m the receptionist from the Sanjeevani Medical Centre. One of your older medical reports is missing from our file, Mrs. Arora. You know how particular we are about our records. So, Dr. Devi wanted to know if you’ve carried it away with you after your consultation with her yesterday.” Continue reading

Ruby is dead by Melanie Wittwer

Prompt: Forbidden Places | Word Count: 1800 exactly | Genre: Crime fiction

Warning: Crude language, implied violence

Ruby is dead. The police knock at the door at 7.32 am. Two minutes after my alarm has gone off. I am a creature of habit. My alarm always goes off at the same time, unless I have to be somewhere. I also always make sure my phone is fully charged and the time is accurate. Continue reading

Glamoratti by Wanda Hughes

Prompt: Forbidden Places | Word count: 1800 | Genre: Fantasy

Warning: adult language and situations

 High upon a rocky hill, hidden beneath the ruins of an ancient ruins of a castle keep lays a labyrinth of caves, the dwelling place of a race of beings mankind had never seen in their true form. For all the ages of man they lived separate, never venturing into the company of man, holding themselves aloof, never wanting, never seeking the company of mankind. Continue reading

Forbiden Places by Will

Prompt: Forbiden Places | Word count: 1800 | Genre: Mystery / Horror / Adventure

Warning: Violence, death and presence of blood. And reference to alcoholism.

Himiko did not expect anyone come together to the abandoned island. She preferred to explore alone the places without having to worry about other people.

In the small fishing boat, Himiko was in a booth along with a young woman who would not stop talking on her cell phone. Of course, Himiko had brought what was necessary for emergency, but she feared that the other girl was going there for fun instead of recognizing the historical significance of that place, or at least recognizing the danger. Continue reading

Forbidden Places by Rachel Carter

Prompt: Forbidden Places | Word count: 1,800 Words | Genre: Dystopia

No one had ever said we couldn’t go to the Shrine. It was designed for openness. Clarity. Transparency. Illumination. A window into human behavior. From it, all could gain knowledge and become something more than they were before. Mainly, become a person that was on the right path in life, whatever that path might be for any one individual. Continue reading

Family Secret by Christa L

Prompt: Forbidden Places | Word count: 1800 words exactly | Genre: Magical Realism


“Grandpa, please wake up…” I whisper into his ear, fighting back tears.

He lies in the hospital bed, unresponsive.

Beep. Beep. Beep… at least the heart monitor indicates he is still alive. Maybe, just maybe, he will wake up to tell me about the hill and the cave.

The forbidden hill and cave. Continue reading

Not your day to die by Florence Waeni

Prompt: Forbidden places | Word count: 1804 | Genre: Fiction

Warning: Some violence

“Hey, Pigo!”

Pigo turned in the direction of the familiar voice.

“Hey, Auntie!” said Pigo as he gave his aunt a high five.

Nuru was dressed in a flowing royal purple dress and stiletto heels. She looked as elegant as always as she smiled at her nephew and held up a well-manicured hand. Momentarily, Pigo wondered whether his aunt ever dressed down, even on a Saturday such as this. Continue reading

Passages by Francine Houston

Prompt: Forbidden Places | Word count: 1800 | Genre: general fiction

“Well? Is it here?” she prompted the young man to her left.  If you were to look at them, you would wonder. They were as similar as they were different: wide oval eyes: icy blue.  Skin the colour of café crème. Long, tapered bodies that were almost, but not quite emaciated. Both well over 2 meters tall.  The similarities ended there. She had light hair, the colour of spun sunshine. She was never still. Always moving. He was dark, with hair so black that it shone with blue highlights in the ambient light. His stillness was complete.  It was almost unnatural, or so had been past accusations. Continue reading