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You’re a scaredy cat (Friday Fictioneers)

January 26, 2023

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They burned the house, hoping it would take out the shadow monster that lived there. The remains still smoldered. No one was game to enter. The barriers around the house were reinforced and no one permitted past.

Bessie knew her friends would scoff. No way would she go past the wall. She’d show them. She was brave enough.

The ground was crunchy as she stepped on dead leaves and roots, the path cracked and worn. The shell of the house lay ahead. The sun setting brought shadows that crept toward her.

The shadows grew claws.

No one heard her screams.

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  1. Terrifying to know that shadows are always waiting for an opportunity. Do they disappear at night?

  2. People forget so quickly, don’t they? Walls crumble to admonitions and then to matters of individual taste. Perhaps they’ll strengthen the walls for a bit after Bessie’s demise

  3. Oh Bessie. You should have just left it well alone! Great write.

    • Yes, brave little thing. Foolish too.
      I like to think maybe she’ll be there haunting the shadows and making them regret hunting her.
      Thank youuuuuu

  4. Thrilling and chilling, nicely done!

  5. michael1148humphris permalink

    I would run and run,

  6. Sometimes just because you can, doesn’t mean you should … Poor gal.

  7. In my childhood, such a house would have been a magnet impossible for me to resist. It was required that every one be haunted. I’m not sure how we survived. Well done, Laurie.

  8. Liz Young permalink

    Definitely a haunted house!

  9. Chilling! 🙂

  10. Well done. SO chilling. I love it.

  11. I think the barriers were there for a reason. Spooky story, Laurie!

  12. They need ghostbusters to come in with that sucker thing and trap it in a canister. Maybe they could filter her out of the shadow once they trapped it?

  13. Dear Laurie,

    A lesson learned…too little, too late. Spooky and well told.



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