Sarah wasn’t sure when she first heard the light, scraping sound coming from inside the fireplace. Her husband had left for work, but Sarah could still feel her stomach tied up in knots from their breakfast conversation.

“Are you really so stupid you can’t tell the difference between a 3 minute egg or a 4 minute one?” Michael’s sarcasm hung in the air as Sarah simply stood by the stove, eyes downcast and praying it was only words he swung at her today.

The sound coming from the fireplace continued to float into the living room as Sarah absently cleaned photographs hanging above the mantel. Vacant smiles hiding the truth of how she really felt about this life Michael had carved out for her.


Sarah paused long enough to really listen to whatever was trapped behind the fireplace panel. Was it a butterfly? Maybe a bird? She could just make out the violent fluttering of wings as the creature beat against the walls holding it prisoner.

Sarah could have told it to stop wasting its energy. She’d found out the hard way that once trapped, all you could hope for is a day without bruises or a night without nightmares.

Lost in her musings, Sarah didn’t notice at first the deafening silence filling the room. Finally realizing her little visitor was quiet, she leaned in closer in search of some sign of life just as the front door slammed open. Michael was back and the last thing Sarah remembered thinking before the world went black was how happy she was her little friend was no longer trapped…

Now it’s your turn! Did the creature trapped in the fireplace break free? Did Sarah finally find her freedom as well? Add to the story or start one of your own on the comments below…










International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.


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