Saturday, October 30, 2010

Monstrous Flash Fiction

Trick or treat….

Hunger like a million crazed hamsters digging their sharp claws into the lining of my stomach. Days since I’ve eaten. Hiding, creeping along the hedgerows, I watch them trip gleefully from puddles of light to enveloping shadow. Just one. One wouldn’t hurt. I’d eat it standing up. Everybody knows that if you eat standing up it doesn’t count. Any minute now, I can feel it. One will drift a little off the path. With any luck it’ll be a plump one, but not the little whiny one. He’d be sour. I want one who smiles, one who says thank you at each door. One like the little sparkly fairy princess. She’d be sweet. She wouldn’t put up a fuss. But she’d be missed right away. A child like that would have watchful parents. I’ll have to choose another. But not the little whiny one. There’s still time. I can wait. They’ll be out for at least another hour.

22 comments:

Marisa Birns said...

Yes, if one eats standing up it really doesn't count. *nods sagely as she eats ice cream at the fridge*

This had just the right amount of horror to make me know that I will take a big ole flashlight if I go trick or treating.

Though I am too old to be tasty! Your hungry creature better go with a sweet little thing. :)

Anonymous said...

Deliciously evil!

Eric J. Krause said...

Gotta have sweet--but not too sweet--kids, and no sour, whiny ones. Loved this!

shannon said...

I've got a two for one special going over here for the right price Happy Halloween you devilish lady!!!

shannon said...

Oh, I don't know how the "just kidding ha ha" part got left out of my comment *blinks innocently*

Linda said...

You have made me so happy I won't be out there tomorrow night.

estrella05azul said...

Interesting thought, if you eat standing up it doesn't really matter :) heard it before, just not from... well, never mind... I have to go outside today :P
Great flash honey! Happy Halloween!

Karen from Mentor said...

Yes...laughing..go outside today. Sitting in a dark room writing horror is starting to skew your frame of reference a bit I think...

[Estrella is so damn cute]

Karen from Mentor said...

You could dart in and out of the front door, just daring them to pick you off Linda.

*goes off to listen to Meatloaf sing Paradise by the Dashboard Light *

Karen from Mentor said...

Squee Shannon!! I ALMOST sent you an email telling you not to read this before you took the twins out trick or treating and here you are offering them up two for one....Oh man. That delights me no end.

*hugs Shannon*

Karen from Mentor said...

*hands Marisa a big ole flashlight* giggles at her feeble attempt at trying to convince the monsters lurking out there that she's not sweet...

[lock your doors missy-they're not buying it]

Karen from Mentor said...

Yep, sweet but not too sweet Eric. Glad it tickled you! *looks pleased*

Thanks for the "deliciously evil" Anon - stop back again sometime and leave a handle. I promise not to tell the monsters where you live. But they ARE pretty internet savvy...so ...yeah...maybe on Halloween we should all wear our Klingon Cloaking devices.
[good plan]

Laurita said...

I guess me kids are safe. *blink* What?
This was funny, but also kinda creepy. My imagination is going overboard with this monsterous halloweenie gobbler.

Karen from Mentor said...

I laughed and laughed when I put this story up after all that complaining I did about the person who decorated with a creepy zombie snowsuit baby, Laurita.

I guess the difference is two fold:
1-*I* did it [and I know I'm sane]
2-No children are likely to read this and get nightmares

:0)

Sam said...

It doesn't count if you eat standing up?! So THAT's where I've been going wrong! I really, really like this story, but my mind's filled with questions, chief among which is what sort of creature is it? I'd love to read a longer piece based on this. Happy Halloween!

Karen from Mentor said...

Well Sam, if you take out the line:
"But she’d be missed right away." It could be a woman on a crash diet jonesing for a snickers....*grins at you* ....

But as it stands I think what's watching the children is Really Big, Really Hairy, sharp toothed, taloned and probably doesn't smell too hot.

Happy Halloween to you my friend.
:0)

Harry said...

The sour ones are ok, you just have to chase them with the contents of their jack-o-lanterns.

Sweet Treat here Karen!

Happy Halloween!

Karen from Mentor said...

Ah. Duly noted Harry. Thanks.

[Now I'm craving candy corn for some bizarre reason.]

Happy Halloween to you as well!

Rachel Blackbirdsong said...

Now that was a truly delicious read.

KjM said...

Patience will be rewarded.

Loved this one - though please don't tell my therapist.

A good voice, and so well described I could see everything.

Something wicked that way lies...

Karen from Mentor said...

Wicked indeed Kevin. And I won't tell anybody you enjoyed it. [winks]


Thanks Rachel! *hands you a candy apple*

Alan W. Davidson said...

Ah, a wicked tale...the boy wasn't going out trick or treating this year...I'll send him over...A chilling tale.