Kept in the Dark – short story

Kept in the Dark

I’ve tried my hand at writing a couple of time-based / time travel short stories!

Kept in the Dark

Kept in the Dark (480 words) is a competition entry where the first line was provided:

“Time stood still when the lights went out.”

The rest was up to us! The competition winner is the one with the most likes – so if you enjoy it please do consider giving me a “like”!

“Kept in the Dark” is posted on which is a site where writers provide each other with feedback. It does however require registration to read the stories.

Mark of Achievement

While you’re there, you might also like to read Mark of Achievement (about 3000 words).

In this short story I look at the grandfather paradox. The “Grandfather paradox” is usually considered from the viewpoint of the grandson who goes back in time to kill his grandfather. With no grandfather to father his parents, will the grandson exist to go back in time and make the kill in the first place?

In “Mark of Achievement” I turn this view upside down and think about how a grandfather would feel when faced with such a visit from his grandson.

I hope you enjoy this one too! 🙂

Constructive criticism on “Kept in the Dark” and / or “Mark of Achievement” would be gratefully received!

(Make sure to also check out Tony Spencer’s “Time Stood Still”!)


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  1. I loved this – very fun – you write awfully well, and give great description. I liked how you switched the words around when time went backwards. Effective it was! Thanks for sharing!

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