It all started with this great post I found by Rhys Keller on twitter, pointing to a writing contest on his blog. Turns out this KidLit Fall Writing Frenzy, hosted by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis was exactly what I needed to get me excited about autumn. (And Halloween, which is one of my favorite days of the year!)
Here’s the image that inspired me.
Shadows and Ghosts
(194 words / Young Adult)
The knocking comes first. Then, the old, bare floorboards creak slowly, with invisible steps pacing across the room. The air moves with the swishing of fabric. It smells of honeysuckle and decay. The old wicker and wood chair turns to face the fireplace.
The young woman appears. She stares at the unlit fire and hugs herself, as if to keep warm. Her navy cotton skirt and shawl cannot stave off the night’s chill. Not without flame.
Giant-sized hands hammer the walls, making the wood panels shake, as if the devil himself were trying to mow the place down. She covers her ears as the wood beams screech. But the walls hold.
When the young woman doesn’t answer the door, it flies open. The soldiers who came for her brother stand at the door, holding torches and guns.
The night before, her brother had come home late, his hands covered in the blood of his betrothed. He pleaded with his sister. It wasn’t his fault. So she hid him.
And now they’ve come for him.
But tonight, there is no young woman. No brother. There are no soldiers.
Tonight, there are only shadows and ghosts.
Thanks for Reading! Tell me a bit about you? Do you write too? Do you celebrate Halloween?