The Halloween Monster

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© Liz Young

Arthur stopped off at his sister’s last night, realizing he was too drunk to drive home from the bar. Staggering into her backyard the next morning, he discovered the apparition. Melissa followed him, looking bemused.

“Like it? I’m putting it out front for Halloween tonight.” It was then he noticed she was pointing a pistol with a silencer at him.

“Hey, what’s that?”

“Last year, you got off on that drunk driving charge where you killed a little girl. I’m fixing justice.”

That night, Melissa got a lot of compliments on the realistic display of a monster in a cage.

I wrote this for the Rochelle Wisoff-Fields writing challenge. The idea is to use the image above as the prompt to craft a piece of flash fiction no more than 100 words long. My word count is 100.

For some reason, I thought of a man who was hung over coming across this scene and being totally bewildered. The story wrote itself after that.

To read other tales inspired by the prompt, visit InLinkz.com.

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32 thoughts on “The Halloween Monster

    • There’s a horror “jump scare” video game called “Five Nights at Freddy’s” that leverages such a theme (no, I don’t play video games, but my grandson found out about it by watching videos on YouTube.

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  1. I was surprised his sister shot him the day he seemed to have learned his lesson, by staying over rather than drunk-driving. Dreadful thing, drunk-driving. Almost as bad as murder.

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