Walk the Plank: Halloween Flash Fiction
This month's ghostly theme intrigued me, so I dashed something off during my lunch break Monday.
The characters in this short piece come from my WIP, BEAUTIFUL BIRD, and I have a feeling that a similar scene will eventually make its way into the manuscript.
Writing flash fiction is HARD. The best I can say is that I started and ended it with the prompts and hit 200 words exactly. Here's my attempt:
It was a cold Halloween night. An icy wind screeched off Lake Superior. The store was dead, for lack of a better term.“Go on,” Vivian – Bride of Frankenstein – said. I’d dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. “Enjoy your evening.”I didn’t want to walk home, but I convinced myself that the only ghosts that could haunt me tonight were of the trick-or-treating variety.Or the ones in my head.I should have skirted around the Cathedral, a few extra blocks to avoid the old cemetery. He was there, with Jessa and the others, at the gate. They wore dark pants and jackets. Elliot wore a black toque. What were they planning?Jessa snickered as I walked past. Even with my coat, there was no doubt about my costume – long braids, gingham skirt, ruby slippers.I could feel Elliot staring. Normally I would tuck my chin, scurry away, but something made me turn, meet his gaze. His eyes were soft, caring. My heart skipped a beat.
He shrugged. “What can I do?” he asked.
I saw the dark figure behind the tombstone too late, the wispy black hands around Elliot’s neck, dragging him into the cemetery. I screamed.
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