The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Elizabeth H. Smith
When Billy approached the next porch, he found nothing more than a hat laid upon a chair—no bowl of candy, or adult to hand it out. But the decorations glazed his eyes with wonder. They weren’t cheap plastic, but nice, expensive looking ones. He decided to wait; maybe they went inside and would be back out soon. After all, their carved pumpkin still had its candle aflame.
When a cloud of fog rose from the bucket on the table he watched if waft up in a nebulous state. Rather than drift off into the air and disappear, the smoke moved with intent, and went toward the hat on the chair. As it slipped beneath it, the hat twitched with life.
Billy watched with terrified eyes as a pale-fleshed hand reached out from beneath the cap and held out its palm. A voice echoed beneath the pointed hat. “Trick or treat.”
With a shaking hand, Billy took a piece of candy from his bag and dropped it into the hand’s grasp. It wrapped its fingers around the silvery wrapper and drew back beneath the hat.
As Billy ran from that place, he heard the sound of chewing behind him.
Fiction © Copyright Elizabeth H. Smith
Image courtesy of Pixabay
More About Elizabeth H. Smith:
Elizabeth H. Smith is a storyteller who writes while trying to keep her cat, Luna off the keyboard. The musical group, Rasputina is her muse. She was born in the state of New York and would never feel at home anywhere else.
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