You got me out here to see a pile of cement, Jeremy?”
“I tell you there’s something inside the concrete.”
“If this is what you brought me out here for…”
Fifteen-year-old Jill turned in a huff but her age-mate Jeremy grabbed her arm. Everyone thought they were dating, but they’d been best friends since second grade and they still were.
“Last night I was on the trail at sunset and saw a glow from over here.”
“You think it was this?”
“I think it was something.”
She sighed. “Okay, we’ll wait.”
A breeze picked up. They both shivered but not from the chill. As the last rays of daylight faded, the strange object began to glow an eerie light and the two could see the pile of stones inside.
“I told you.”
“Jeremy, I’m freaked. Let’s go.”
She turned and tried to walk away but her feet were frozen. They both looked down and saw why. Skeletal hands were grasping their feet and ankles. The next morning, the disguised cairn would be two people taller.
I wrote this for the FFfAW Challenge for the Week of October 31, 2017 hosted by Priceless Joy. The idea is to use the image above as a prompt to craft a tale of between 100 and 175 words. My word count is 175.
I’m actually disappointed with my effort and maybe given more time, I could have come up with something different, but two teenagers alone in the woods as the sun goes down and then encountering something evil leading to their horrifying demise seemed to be what was in order…in other words a typical 1980s horror movie. After all, as I write this tomorrow is Halloween.
To read other stories based on the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.
15 thoughts on “Stones in the Forest”
Great horror story! Perfect for a Halloween theme! I enjoyed this James!
Thank you, Joy. Just a few seconds ago, I posted a slightly longer tale, not on the prompt as such, but about the significance of a cairn in a certain culture. It has a happier ending.
Okay, thanks James!
Great story with a great twist, James.
Sad for the two teenagers.
Not dating but together for evermore. Excellent.
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Yeah, well. Boys and girls can be friends.
Worked for me, sent a chill down my spine.
Glad to hear it, Iain. Thanks.
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They might be glorified in folklore as lovers who stayed together.
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Thanks. That’s an interesting thought
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What’s that about Halloween that makes the kids wander off alone in the woods? Scary little tale, James. Worked just fine for me, thanks.
I am glad that it is not Halloween every week
Where’s the fun in that? Better an annual event.