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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Come Sit By My Fire and A Story I Will Tell

Rachel Harrie's Third Campainer Challenge:

Write a blog post in 300 words or less, excluding the title. The post can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should show:

that it’s morning,
that a man or a woman (or both) is at the beach
that the MC (main character) is bored
that something stinks behind where he/she is sitting
that something surprising happens.
Just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: "synbatec," "wastopaneer," and "tacise." (NB. these words are completely made up and are not intended to have any meaning other than the one you give them).

Once you’ve posted your Challenge post on your blog, pop back here and link directly to it in the Linky List below (please make sure you include the direct link to your post, not just the link to your blog!).

Here is my entry:

Come Sit By My Fire and A Story I Will Tell

     Devouring darkness overtook this part of the beach in the early morning hours past midnight. Niamh yawned, more out of boredom, than being tired. From where she sat, Niamh shifted her eyesight backwards, the synbatic stench from the deserted house permeated her nostrils. Out of morbid curiosity, Niamh, arose, turned and walked toward the air of decay that hung in the air like a shroud.

      Rumors were rife about the house. She knew that when she bought hers right next door. Many nights she awakened from dreamful sleep, dreams so vivid, they seemed real. Dreams full of sounds and muffled screams, coming from this dreary house.  “No Wastopaneer Allowed” signs, hammered all around the tall fence, hid it from view. Bending she peered at a loose board in the fence. As quietly as she could, Niamh pulled away the loose board, enough to allow herself to the other side.

     In the clear twilight, she allowed her eyes to tacise. She could see a man and woman, sitting at a table set for two. The hole ridden cloth covered the table, ragged, aged and dirty. Her body tensed, as she took a few tentative steps forward. At the sounds of her footsteps, rats began leaping off the table. Horrified confusion, then realization she saw that the two people were skeletons, cobweb-shrouded corpses, with insects crawling out of the eye sockets. To the left was a large sizzling pot, dripping with blood.

     For a moment she saw nothing, but swirling darkness. Her screams were stifled by a hand covering her mouth, the roar of her own heartbeat thundering in her ears. She used the last of her remaining consciousness, to spot another table, laid set for one. On it a sign read. “Bone Appetit!” She slipped into the arms of fathomless darkness.

So that is my entry. 
Happy Halloween!

If you like my entry you can "like" it at:

My entry is No.: 63


Sheri L. Swift said...

Oooh, a perfect tale for Halloween! Good job! ; )

Cassam said...

That was a bit scary! I've read a few stories in this challenge and there are all so very different.I am always amazed at how you fit all the special words in that you are given.You're a great storyteller and I love coming to Lollipops cottage.

Jess said...

I agree with Sheri! Great Halloween story!! Love it!

I'm entry #5

K.T. Hanna said...

Happy Halloween! What a great story for the season. It's like a real haunted house, but better.

Great job.

Joanne said...

OOOOOOO spooky and very creepy! I LOVED it!
Blessings, Joanne

Abby said...

Maeve, this is great! I love it and it gets me in the halloween spirit! I love creepy stuff like this. Got my vote!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Eeek! Halloween creepy for sure! Things are not looking good for Niamh. Nice work!

David Powers King said...

Talk about creep factor! You had me going through the whole thing and beyond. Why can't there be more? :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Creepy stuff! Happy Halloween!

Tara Tyler said...

you scared me!
great job =)

Angela Cothran said...

I love your vivid descriptions. Fantastic job!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Talk about some fabulous scene-setting! Incredible entry! I loved it!

Patricia T. said...

This was spooky and I loved it. Great showing and tension. Now I have to go to bed, and hope not to dream about it. :) You have my vote.


Stacy S. Jensen said...

Now, I'm scared! Great use of those made up words. Off to vote.

Anonymous said...

creepy and just right for Halloween. Mine is #56

Anonymous said...

Waaah, this is certainly the creepiest story I read in this challenge!!

S P Mount said...

Nice use of the words. Well done.

Alyssa said...

Ahhh, scary! Great Halloween story! :D

I'm entry #69 :)

Lynda R Young said...

ha, it's not ease to get those words into it, but you did a great job

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

Oh great! now I wont be able to walk into my kitchen in the dark!! Good job with the details and use of words. :)

Christy Farmer said...

Ooooh, a little treat to get us in the mood for Halloween. Well done :)

Rosalind Adam said...

That was truly gruesome... but a great entry too. Well done ;-)

Joanna said...

This is a great, tense Halloween special, Maeve. Loved your final sentence. Am off to vote.

Anonymous said...

Wow this was scary, but I do love your writing. You have my vote.
On a side note: I am a first time vistor to your blog and have now joined your followers. Wanted to let you know, I fell to pieces reading your memoir to your Mum,(written on the side) such a moving beautiful tribute.(hope you finish the book)

Anonymous said...

I loved your Halloween tale. I'll be voting for it.

Claire Hennessy said...

Oooh, "what's for dinner, grandma?" spooky! Great job.

mooderino said...

Very spooky. Nice one.

(now following)
Moody Writing

Maeve Frazier said...

Sheri - Thank you. :)

Anne (Cassam) - Thank you. I love our blogging community.

Jess - Thanks. :)

K.T. Hanna - Happy Halloween to you! Thank you.

Joanne - Thank you. :)

Everyone - I so much appreciate all your comments.

Maeve Frazier said...

Abby - Thank you. Isn't this fun?

Cynthia - Looks like Niamh is going to be in hot water! Thank you.

David - Thank you. I'm loving these challenges.

Sharon - Thanks, you too!

Tara - :) I wasn't sure if I could pull this one together.

Angela - I'm glad you could picture it!

Peggy - Thank you, I appreciate it.

Patricia - Hope you sleep tight. ;)

Stacy - Thank you! This is exciting.

Bridget - I love creepy and thank you.

Hi Everyone - I am slowly making my rounds through your blogs, I have been working a lot lately. :)

Maeve Frazier said...

treelight - creepy is good this time of year!

S P - Thank you.

Alyssa - Thank you. I'm noticing a few other Halloween type stories!

Lynda - I know it was hard!

Ms. Saba - :)I keep the light on!

Christy - I tried to write another type of story, but kept coming back to the creepy tale.

Rosalind - Thank you.

Joanna - Thank you. I appreciate it!

thepatientdreamer - Thank you so much for reading the post about my Mum and for your kind words.

I can't wait to catch up with everyone's blogging. :)
Thanks for bearing with me.

Maeve Frazier said...

Medeia - Thank you. There are so many great entries.

Claire - that would have been a good title!! Thanks.

Mooderino - Thank you. I will be by.

Carrie Butler said...

Ack! That's what I say. Ack! *grins* Great work, Maeve! :)

Miranda Hardy said...

Very creepy - great Halloween story. I love these types of stories. Great job!

Fairview said...

spooky! like it!

E. Arroyo said...

Super creepy. Nice. =)

Mark said...

Aloha Maeve,

Loved the horror story from someone who seems so nice :)

Bone appetit, indeed. Cheers for my "like," and I have done the same.

Maeve Frazier said...

Carrie - Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

Miranda - Creepy is good for this time of year. :)

Fairview - Thank you! I appreciate your comment.

E. Arroyo - Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

Mark - Thanks :) Lucky you in Hawaii!!

kmckendry said...

Oooh perfectly creepy story for this time of year! Great job.