If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count)
For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!
I managed to write exactly 200 hundred words. This is a flash fiction piece titled, THE STORM.
The door swung open, letting in that cold winter’s draft. I wrapped my shawl tighter around my shoulders as the storm blew in a dust of snow, making the floor slippery wet as Tommy got up to close it for the hundredth time.
His boots slipped on the tile, but he caught himself, cursing under his breath like a drunken sailor. “Dammit, Val, can you help me with this thing?” He shook and rattled it like it was going to help one bit.
We might as well have been as good as dead because that door wasn’t closing for anyone. I watched him struggle with it as I sipped from my mug some steaming hot cocoa. “Leave it alone,” I said. “There’s no use messing with it.”
Tommy gave it one last push with his shoulder and it slammed against the opening, creaking as it sprung back towards him, again. And even though I was freezing cold, I couldn’t help but giggle at Tommy.
Then bam he gave that door once last good shove that almost made the whole place tremble, snow sprinkled from the door onto his boots. And my breath caught in my throat from his ill temper.