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Do you hear laughter? (Friday Fictioneers)

November 1, 2018

PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold


It was the cackle, growing in pitch and insanity that I will always remember. The sound of little feet. In even the darkest night I hear those feet, running across floorboards.

The doll was a birthday present. Last birthday I ever celebrated.

Even now I see blood on the walls, though it has been years since I lived in that house.

The only survivor…


Survivor? Traumatized victim more like. It’s the 31st again. October. I hate this month and the memories it brings.

A door creaks. My fingers sweat where I grip the knife.

Why do I hear laughter?


This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt


Word count: 100


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  1. Oh. You can kill devil dolls?

  2. Fright night! The one time in the year when insanity takes precedence, a terrible thought. Spin chilling in many ways.

  3. ‘spine chilling.’ Must look up when typing.

  4. Ooh, deliciously scary! Reminded me of the sort of thing Stephen King would write.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  5. A classic ‘Laurie Bell’ chiller 🙂

  6. Ooh that’s creepy! Well done!

  7. Creepy! Now i wonder if it’s the doll’s feet or the narrator’s? She is holding a knife…

    • Thank you. Aha! I wondered if anyone would question that! Indeed perhaps it is she who was the initial perpetrator! haunted forever…

  8. Suspense was nicely escalated.

  9. Excellent, Laurie.

  10. Dear Laurie,

    I had a doll as a child that gave me nightmares. Your story put me in mind of her. Creepy and menacing. Well done.



    • I sure hope you doing get nightmares about it now! I find dolls and children can be very creepy in the right setting! 🙂

  11. Abhijit Ray permalink

    A chilling story. Who is she afraid of? The doll coming alive or some other killer?

  12. A doll doesn’t have to do anything to be creepy to me – especially those china ones. Disturbing.

  13. Scary stuff, and as for that final line…!

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

  14. Dolls = Creepy and you upped the creep factor in this story. Nice.

  15. Well done, Madam! And perfect for Hallowe’en!!

  16. eclecticmusings permalink

    You captured the creepy moment perfectly! 🙂

  17. A murderous doll, or a child being frightened to murder herself… creepy tale.

  18. Scary. Evil dolls seem to be the very worst thing, perhaps after clowns. Well told Laurie

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