#FirstLineFriday: ‘Shave’

bloodfingerTime for First Line Friday folks!

On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work on their blog, and title the post #FirstLineFriday (just like this). It’s a lot of fun, so feel free to join in!

You can share your link on my blog comments, or on Rami’s (the brains behind FLF), or on Joleene’s, or even or all three places if you want to go crazy 🙂

My #FirstLineFriday comes from something that I have actually just submitted to an anthology that is themed around the concept of ‘Freedom’; my short story is about a man who has spent most of his life in prison after an altercation with his best friend resulted in his death. While there is the obvious take on physical freedom I’ve also tried to touch upon the more ‘spiritual’ freedom that the main character finds in his journey towards redemption as his tries to forgive himself as he finally walks out of jail for the first time in years.

Anyway, here are the first two lines of ‘Shave‘:

The blood seeped into the crease in the folded paper, staining it red, before I felt the cut, and my eyes tried to make sense of the vibrant colour spreading across the letter as the pain hit me. It was just a paper cut but, despite the almost invisible nature of the fine wound, it hurt; it hurt a lot.

So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below.  While you are at it why don’t you try #FirstLineFriday too? What’s your first line of your current work?