Welcome to Day 3 of the
October Frights Blog Hop!
Today I'm posting a dark flash fiction found in
CURIOUSLY DARK TALES,
my anthology that you can get at
AMAZON for 99 cents!
THE CAB RIDE - Be careful who hears you're willing to give your soul.
“Where to, Miss?”
“Broadway & Bayview. The old--—
“Grimaldi Mansion? Sorry, Miss, I don’t go there.”
Abigale rummaged through her purse with a groan. “You’re the third to refuse me.” She tossed him a few dollars. “Here, for your trouble.” The driver mumbled a thank you as she climbed out. He pulled away, tires spinning.
“There must be one cabbie in New York with the hutzpah to take me where I want to go.” Abigale ran two blocks up then raised her arm in the air. “I’d give my soul to get there today.” The day no one else dared.
At that moment an old green and cream-colored checkered cab turned the corner and barreled toward her. Cars veered out of its way. Undaunted, it squealed to a stop in front of her. The window cranked down, the old driver asked, “Where to young lady? I’ll take you wherever you’d like to go.”
“Even Inwood Park? The Grimaldi Mansion?”
“I know it well. Hop in.”
She could read the headlines now. Ghost Hunter, Abigale Turner, spends night at haunted Grimaldi Mansion on the 50th anniversary of grisly murders.
Yanking the cab’s heavy, high door open, she jumped in the roomy back seat. The door banged closed. “How much?”
The driver’s neck twisted toward her at an odd angle atop his lanky body. Bright red lips lifted into a grin of a demented Jack-O-Lantern spread high and wide until the corners reached his ears.
Fear engulfed her. She flung herself at the door but found a smooth flat surface in place of the handle. Like a large fish in a small tank, she suffocated on her own breath. “Let me out. I’ve changed my mind.” Her fists pounded at the windows. Her fingernails scratched at the glass. “Help me,” she screamed, “Please!”
Busy New Yorkers scurried past without a glance.
Through lips stretched taut over pointed, dripping teeth he said, “Relax, my dear. It’s a one way trip and the fare is no more than you said you’re willing to give.”
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