It’s the time of year where the weather turns cooler, the leaves crisper, and my writing turns…creepier!?! I love the Fall Writing Frenzy contest because it’s the one time I dip into a different side of my writing. The challenge is to select a picture from the list and write something inspired by it while staying at 200 words or under. This is the picture I chose, and at exactly 200 words, I hope you enjoy my it.
HIDE AND SEEK
By Kelly Swemba
I was just a girl, nearly 8, when we moved. Mamma was drawn to the fresh start of nobody knowing us. “It’ll be like when we played dress up in the attic. We can be anybody here.”
There, the clothes were like me, laden with a dusty smell of lives past. Here, all I smelled was drenched leaves and chimney smoke. Mamma liked this place. “We can hide among these hills. We’ll be safe this time.”
The thing about hiding though, there’s always a seeker. And for us, ours was very skilled.
Darkness cloaked our town and blanketed me in false security. That was a mistake. I see that now.
As we slept, a presence crept. It stalked our streets with the focus and hunt of the beast he is.
I awoke, soaked in sweat, eyes wide with fear.
Mama grabbed the bag already packed. Kissed my forehead, fingers locked with mine. Ready for the race.
Dawn rose and spread warmth above. We felt only dampness below. Whispers whirled through town. One spoke about a menacing shadow. Some recalled the moon’s eerie glow. But most described a chill that left them forever cold.
Just like mama and me.