Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday Centus - Haunted House?


My favorite day of the week is Saturday. Even when I have to work! Why? Because that means it's time for another edition of Saturday Centus. Jenny Matlock at Off On My Tangent hosts this fun event every week. I don't know that I've ever thanked Jenny for letting my muse run free. Sure, I've been writing since I was in high school (back in the dark ages. You know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and all that) but I never, ever let anyone read my work. Until I met Jenny. She gives us a prompt. We then write a short (and I do mean short) story of 100 words or less. This has been so much fun, and it's given me the kick in the pants I needed to start writing again. And my fellow Centusians? The greatest group of people you will ever meet. I don't think I have ever read a nasty comment from any of them. Well, except when Tom gets going on the South. But I know he says those things out of love. Really. I think he is a closet Reb. "Me thinks he doth protest too much" and all that jazz. HA! Seriously though, join us! It's so much fun, and it's a great outlet for pent up creativity. Jenny leaves the link live for the entire week, so what are you waiting for? This week Jenny has given us a nice little prompt, beautiful in it's simplicity. Can't wait to see what everyone does with it. The prompt is in bold italics. Enjoy!


The decrepit old Victorian stood sentinel on it's hill, daring anyone to come near. Greg and Bill crept up the crumbling brick walk, determined to get into the old Sawyer place. Frankie had bet them 5 bucks they couldn't stay the night. "That place is full of haints, you won't last a minute!" With the moon lighting their way, they walked up sagging porch steps. Hearts pounding, they glanced up at the second floor window, where old man Sawyer went nuts and chopped his family to pieces. The curtain parted. Their screams echoed all the way down Catfish Alley as they ran home.




18 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm running with them, Kat! Great job on this. I love it.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sue said...

I think they've got the right idea! I'm in a pretty big hurry to get out of there, myself.

So well written, Kat. And entertaining, too. Thanks.

=)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kat, you can so paint a scene with words better than anyone. I have goosebumps. I am running too. lol Great job. Hugs, Marty

Tracy said...

So glAD DID NOT READ THIS BEFORE BEDTIME GOOD ONE

Judie said...

Hahahaha!! Their feet never touched the ground! Good one, Kat! I'm impressed!

jfb57 said...

Scary stuff! My heart is pounding! ;)

Poetic Justice said...

Always love your imagery Kat. I could see the crumbling bricks and walkway. Brilliant:)

Blondie's Journal said...

Another great cliffhanger!!

XO,
Jane

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Kat, I love this. Every word was impeccably chosen (e.g., "decrepit old Victorian," "sagging porch steps," and "Catfish Alley"). I also love that this was a dare on a bet. It's scary and playful. You always impress!
xoRobyn

xinex said...

It's kinda funny, I can picture them running away with their hair up, lol. Great job, Kat! Did you get my message about Greg Iles? Did you know he was in a bad accident?...Christine

gaelikaa said...

A mere glimpse was more than enough!

http://gaelikaasdiary.blogspot.com/2011/03/saturday-centus-46.html

cj Schlottman said...

Kat, As usual, your wonderfully descriptive style paved the way for a great little story. I was scared to death and could feel my feet spinning under me as I fled with the boys. Great!

Namaste..........cj

Tgoette said...

Kat, I never tire of reading my name on your blog. And you pegged me right, I am a closet Reb! LOL! I loved your story this week! Such great imagery and writing! You always do such a stunning job at these! Well done as usual!

Gotta get back to my banjo! Cheers!

Jo said...

I loved this ... oh so wonderfull and descriptive ... i was ready to scream with those kids!!!

Ames said...

Girl all you would see from me is A holes and elbows. Outta there! See ya! Adios! :)~Ames

Nonna Beach said...

Excellent job Kat !
Very Vivid picture painted here and took me back to an experience I had with my friends when we were were kids...never ran so fast in my life !!!

Rekha said...

Fabulous!! I think I hear them screaming still, all the way here...:)

Jenny said...

I have these little goosebumps on my arms that remind me, yet again, of what a compelling word crafter you are.

It is so fun to get your creative writing on again after a lot of years! I love it and I'm glad you do too! (although we shall see if you are so fond of me after this weeks torture - ha!)

I remember reading a book similar to this in elementary school. It gave me the willies for weeks.