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Pay attention (Friday Fictioneers)

December 27, 2018

PHOTO PROMPT © Randy Mazie


It was my shift. See, it’s not that they rise every night, just often enough to need a regular posting. I had the goats with me. They’d know before I did and sound the alarm, high-pitched bleating, panicked breathing. Stampede.

So yeah. I fell asleep.

I woke to a cacophony of noise. A scream cut off, gurgling and moaning.

Stumbling to my feet, breathing hard, I desperately cleared the sleep from my brain and ran for the bell.

But it was too late.

They left me alive. I don’t know why. As a warning? To who. None in town survived.



This is a Friday Fictioneers prompt

Word Count: 100



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  1. Nice dark take on the prompt! 😀

  2. Wonderfully atmospheric, Laurie

  3. I suspect the character will live with the agony of guilt forever.

  4. Dear Laurie,

    Dark and ominous. No doubt the reasons will be forthcoming.



  5. Oh, a terrific fail! Well done.

  6. On his part, not yours. 🙂

  7. Abhijit Ray permalink

    It is certainly a warning to others. Nice take.

  8. That is terrifying!

  9. This reminds me of watching Buffy the vampire slayer… was this a failing slayer?

  10. The terror was palpable. I don’t think he could have saved them even if he rang the bell. Well done!

  11. So, he is doomed to live out the rest of his life in deep regret and loneliness? Death would have been kinder.

  12. Brilliantly dark!

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