There are so many things I love about Fall. Cozy sweaters, pumpkin donuts, and the change in seasons. But in world of the writing community, my favorite is the spooky stories that I get to create for the Fall Writing Frenzy contest. This year hosts Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lyida Lukidis did not disappoint with their picture prompts to inspire a 200 word story. Below is my entry…I hope you like it!
Photo credit: Halloween- Credit: Selina Wing for Bing
THE TROPHY WALL By Kelly Swemba (191 words)
Hearts pound. Shoes clack. The crowd rounds the cobblestone corner oozing with anticipation after traveling miles to this quaint town. For every Halloween eve, Jack-o-lanterns appear overnight - carved by an unknown artist who adds one new creation each year. Applause ignites as flames flicker and snap inside the hollowed-out-flesh. “It’s beautiful,” whispers a little girl. Adults nod in silent agreement. But they don’t know… While they ooh and ahh, others weep and moan. Wails seep out and entangle the visitors like overgrown vines. They don’t know… That October’s first breath strangles out someone’s last. They don’t know... Each gaping-mouthed gourd represents a life extinguished in the yearly reaping. A grotesque showcase of trophies disguised as decoration. Then… A cool wind snakes through the streets. A dark presence leers. Shivers pierce the crowd as their internal alarms blare. Desperately, they grasp onto the belief this misery is orchestrated to increase the town’s mystique. But… Fear pounds. Shoes clack. The crowd retreats except for one. He slowly inhales, savoring the scent of doubt, devouring every seed of fear. A snarl slices across his face. He’s chosen his next victim and the hunt begins.