Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday Centus - Just Another Scary Story

Why are we up so bright and early on a Saturday morning? It's time to participate in Saturday Centus, hosted by the lovely Jenny Matlock at Off On My Tangent. Jenny provides us with a writing prompt, and we conjure up a story of 100 words or less exclusive of the prompt. No pictures, no videos, and no vulgarity or profanity! And we must use the prompt EXACTLY as written. No cute little writer's tricks of splitting the prompt! This week's prompt is "This is the scariest story I've ever heard...". It will be interesting to see what our little band of Centusians comes up with. If you're not familiar with this weekly event, you are in for a real treat - and perhaps some tricks as well! Make sure to visit all the links, there is some amazing talent out there. And Jenny keeps the link live all week, so you have plenty of time to use your imagination, spin a yarn and join us!

Here's a spooky little short for Halloween, enjoy!

The wind howled through trees, restless banshees prowling the night. Windows rattled with every clap of thunder, lightening providing glimpses of the raging storm. Ten teenage girls giggled and screamed as branches scratched against the clapboards, the old house groaning as it settled in for the night.

Sarah's mom smiled as she listened from the top of the stairs. She was so glad that she had rescued the old Hoffman place from the wrecking ball, ignoring the superstitions of the townspeople.

The lights went out just as Sarah started to speak "This is the scariest story I've ever heard...". Her mom felt a cold hand on her shoulder...





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32 comments:

Susannah said...

Oooh, this is a good one! :-)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kat, love it. Another great story. You are so good at this. Hope you are having a super weekend. Hugs, Marty

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

I just got chills!!

More, please.

Ames said...

Creepy! The hairs on the back of my neck are standing up! Good one! ~ Ames

Judie said...

Yikes11 Is it too late to call back the wrecking ball?? Great post,Kat!

Viki said...

Loved this. An old fashioned scary story. Loved the descriptive words, how appropriate. The fact that the townspeople had superstitions about the house just makes it even better, LOL. Good job.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

It sounds like a house or two we have rescued, Kat! And that sounds like what we used to do when we were little as I can remember scaring ourselves to death at slumber parties. My best friend usually had the best stories because she had four big sisters who knew lots. LOL!

I hope the hand on her mom's shoulder was her husband's!

XO,

Sheila :-)

cj Schlottman said...

Great one, Kat. I could hear the claps of thunder and see the flashes of lightening! Love a very visual creepy story..........cj

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this one, Kat. It gave me the creeps!!

XO,
Jane

Jenners said...

Aaaaiiiieeeee! That is scary! well done!

June Freaking Cleaver said...

I don't watch scary movies, but I think this is the start of a good one!

Good job!

xinex said...

You are giving me goose bumps, Kat. I am a scary cat, lol! You are so good!....Christine

jfb57 said...

Oh my goodness! I can feel it on my shoulder. Great scense setting!

Tina said...

how eerie! maybe the wrecking ball was there for good reason after all!

Tina from Mummy Diaries

Jackie said...

spooky ...

Sue said...

Quite the spooky mood-setter, you are! Bring on the wrecking ball, I say!

;)

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

EEEEK!! I'm going to assume the cold hand is actually a paw because the cat just jumped from the railing onto her shoulder!

Creepy!

Kelly

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Brrrrrr.....!!!! I got the chills when I read the last line! Perfect beginning for a Halloween tale!

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I should not have read this late at night! Great job, Kat. It doesn't get more scary.
xoRobyn

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oooooh! Creepy, Kat! You are so good at this! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

My name is PJ. said...

Way to twist things around and give me the creeps! Genius!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Kat, dropped back by to say, "hi" and hope you have a super week ahead!

Love you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Yikes! Kat, you have left us hanging again, and this time, not only in suspense but in fear! However, with your knack for creative writing, I'm almost glad there was no more to read. I might not have been able to sleep tonight. Great job! laurie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You have such gift for writing. You certainly have me on the edge of my seat.. hugs ~lynne~

Cheryl said...

You'd think by now, I'd see these endings coming. D'OH! Fall for it every single time.

Great one once again.

GardenofDaisies said...

Well, you know I can't watch scary movies... I run to the bathroom and hide when anyone else has them on.
:-)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Kat Sweetie...
Oh my what a beautiful share today. You are such a great writer, but I want to read the rest of the story. Is there a continue button somewhere on this blog? Ha! Ha! I seriously would love to read more.

I thank you as always for sharing with me. You are so special sweetie. Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend and the scariest Halloween ever. Seeing as how you love scary. Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

Terra said...

oh you creeped me out! Completely, at first I was smiling thinking of my own daughter off at a slumber party tonight then...AHHHHHHH

Tracy said...

I so love your writing thanks for sharing

Anna said...

Dear Kat,
Oh, so creepy and good! This story has all the right elements and atmosphere! Nice mix of the gothic and the modern (Do they still use wrecking balls? I think they use TNT now).

Love it!
Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's & Sara's SC-post Week 25

Tgoette said...

Great story Kat! I love the spooky imagery and full-on creepiness of this. Awesome job!

Jenny said...

OK, OK, this creeped me out.

At first I thought you were going to twist it toward a sleep-over and then...BAM! SLAM! You made me shiver...in a good way!

What a TREAT your post was on this lovely Halloween afternoon.

I'm certainly glad I'm not reading it tonight, though.

Thanks for linking.