A frightful Blog Hop
celebrating All Things that go Bump in the Night!
Enter to win two $5 Amazon gift cards
and a surprise giveaway on the last day!
A horror flash fiction I wrote for Halloween.
THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET...
Enid hooked her arthritic finger around the edge of the curtain and pulled it an inch to her right. She shouldn’t worry about being seen in plain daylight, but God knew she lived on a street full of busy bodies. She peered through the small slit at the house across the street. What a disgrace. Those horrid scarecrows still stood, scattered all over the Wallace’s lawn. The calendar said November fifteenth for goodness sake. Two doors down, Christmas lights flickered and Santa waved merrily to everyone who passed by.
She stepped back and the curtain drifted shut. “Sid,” she called to her husband. “Come here. The Wallace’s must be out of town. The house has been dark for days. Have you seen them? I haven’t.” She raised the volume of her voice. “Sid, did you hear me? At least they could have asked me to get their mail and watch the house. And taken down those damn scarecrows before they left.”
This time when she pushed the curtain further open for a better view, a gasp lodged in her throat. It couldn’t be.
One. Two. Three.
There were six effigies, she was sure of it. She squeezed her eyes closed and calmed her frantic breathing.
Feeling better, she inspected the neighbors yard. “Oh, God, no.”
One scarecrow lingered, twisting on its stick toward her house. Its arm reached out in her direction as blood dripped from the crudely slashed mouth in its paper head. Enid’s knees collapsed and she tumbled into her husband’s favorite chair.
“Sid!” A frantic yell escaped her. “Please, where are you?”
A loud thump echoed from the porch. Silence. Thump. Silence. The noise doubled and the pace quickened. The one-legged monsters danced outside her door.
Get up! Lock the door. Run!
Terror paralyzed her.
Enid wanted to scream but the sound was stuck in an empty crypt in her head.
The door scraped open.
Were you still screaming if no one heard you?
Now for the best part...THE GIVEAWAY!
For the first $5 Amazon Gift card:
Scarecrows seem to frighten poor Enid. What frightens you?
Clowns, Jack-o-lanterns, Demons?
Leave a comment and on OCT 5th, I'll enter everyone's name into Random.org
Then come back on OCT 6th for a new flash fiction and giveaway.
Everyone will be entered in the Grand Prize on Oct 10th!
And...don't forget to check out all the awesome horror/paranormal authors
participating in the hop.
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