Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Flash Fiction: Dead and Guilty


I wrote this several Halloweens ago. It's been filed away in my computer ever since then, so this Halloween I thought I'd get it out and shake the cobwebs off of it. Horror isn't really my thing, so it's not very scary. Feel free to read in the dark, heh.


Dead & Guilty

She is dead.

Guilt is the reason why I’m here at Rutherford & Sons to view Ashlynn Kenneth, wife on one, mother of two, lying stiff and waxy in her best clothing.

I ran over her. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t see her, but then… I didn’t stop. I can’t go to jail. I need the open sky over my head. As I wait at the end of the viewing line, staring blankly towards the front of the room I see movement where it shouldn’t be-- in the coffin. A hand curls over the edge, scraped and blackened with bits of gravel clinging to raw skin.

She is quick.

She scuttles over the side of the coffin and hits the carpet with a dry thump. Her legs won’t work; the fender of  my car had bashed them useless, bones cracked through skin. Dragging herself with her arms she writhes directly toward me, eyes still closed by the mortician's glue. But how did he miss fixing the side of her head? Part of it is collapsed in like a months-old carved pumpkin.

I run, too terrified to scream. Out the door, into the street. Tires squeal, and then I am spinning, around and around until I slam hard onto the pavement. I don’t care. All my focus in on the front door of Rutherford & Sons. I am certain she will be there, spilling over the curb in all her wrecked determination.

But all I see is the back of a young woman in a bright sundress. She walks away from me on creamy legs, feet clad in a pair of yellow flats. Her head is perfectly even, long hair free of matted blood and chips of bone.

She was supposed to be dead.

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And as a bit of bonus Halloween fun, here are some images of white pumpkins. I adore white pumpkins!







47 comments:

  1. LOVE those white pumpkins with the orange faces. Sweet!!! I'm so doing those, today.

    Your piece is rather eerie and sneakily creepy, too. Perfect for this week!

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    1. Oh, neat! Aren't they fun? I'm more for tasteful, delightful Halloween decorations, instead of all out gore. Ew. =)

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  2. Ohhhh, nice little story, Leandra! Creepy! I don't enjoy watching horror movies, I'm too big of a wimp, lol, but I enjoy reading it every so often. I was a big fan of Stephen King's books growing up. :)

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    1. It's a big NO to horror movies for me, too. And I don't read too much that's scary either. Though the scariest book I've read that I can recall is Long Lankin. I was imagining something crawling after me for weeks! *shivers*

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    2. LOL, I just saw your comment at Crystal Collier's blog, about the ghost video, I did the SAME thing! So yes, I think we understand each other. The creepiest book I remember reading was Stephen King's Christine. I even saw the movie (I was braver as a kid) and found that the book was much creepier. :)

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    3. Ha, that's funny! I've been burned way too many times by those types of videos. ;) And isn't it neat when you find someone on the web that seems like you'd get along great w/if you met in real life? =)

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    4. Yes, it is very neat to find kindred souls on the net! I've met very many wonderful people through the internet over the years, and it would be very nice to meet more of them in real life. :)

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  3. Very nice! I am also a big scardey cat :) I love the white pumpkins!

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  4. Nice. Bad guys get their due, eh?

    I love those pumpkins, especially the ones with the faces. I want to bring them home and put them out--and grin every time I walk by. Of course, they'd melt... Ah Florida, your charms never cease to amaze. ;)

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. I like to visit Florida, but don't think I'd like to live there. Course, ask me that again when I'm in the midst of a frozen IN winter... ;)

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  5. I love white pumpkins too! They look so classy. Also, your flash fiction is fabulous. I'm read in broad daylight and I'm still creeped out. Have an awesome week, Leandra!

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  6. Nice story! I've never been a big fan of writing horror stories, either. Love all the pumpkin pictures! The staircase is cool.

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    1. The staircase is pretty cool. When I scroll past it, it has kind of a trippy effect, lol!

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  7. I guess I'm sheltered. I've never seen white pumpkins. Very pretty.

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    1. Haha! Maybe they're just not prevalent in your area? Our local grocery store had some piled right outside the door. Along w/some really weird light light orange ones. They almost looked pinkish. Now those, I had never seen before!

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  8. I love the pumpkin "candles." ;) I like your story too, by the way.

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  9. You absolutely can write a creepy story! I loved the imagery of her hitting the floor with a thumb then dragging her body across the funeral parlour to him. And of course, how she gets her revenge and the last angelic image. Nicely done. And whoa, white pumpkins! It's like they're petrified!! Happy Halloween <3

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    1. Petrified Pumpkins...It's like the name of a grunge band or something. ;) And thank you!

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  10. Oh WOW. That is some powerful writing. I LOVE it!

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  11. Very nice. You managed to make the present tense almost completely unobtrusive (since I'm far more used to past tense; I didn't even notice until halfway through it). I have a sort of similar story at SpeckLit.com involving a victim of a motor accident who didn't die but should have. Happy Halloween!

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    1. SpeckLit.com is a new one to me, I'll have to check it out. And a HH to you as well!

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  12. I love your creepy flash fiction! I think you did the scene twist brilliantly. Also, white pumpkins rock but I don't have time to spray paint them. I had to order a pumpkin from the supermarket for carving tomorrow.

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    1. Yes, the ones that are brilliantly white are spray painted. But there are naturally white pumpkins, though in reality, they come off as more of a cream. And I think it's so smart that you order your groceries! It's a good way to keep your sanity. =)

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  13. WOW WOW WOW, I love this so much! If you have the time someday, you should definitely do something with it. Even if it's just a serial story for your blog for the month of the October next year, it would be super-cool! I loved the little details--mortician's glue on the eyes (do they really do that?!) and a head that's caved in like months old pumpkin! Your story made me want to read (more of your story) and write (something of my own) at the same time!!! Super neat!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Maureen! I am so glad you liked it. And, yes, they do use glue sometimes. Eew, right? I try not to think too much what all has to happen after a person dies. Morticians are special people, b/c there's no way I could do what they do!

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  14. You tricked me! It IS scary! I like it though - that'll learn him.

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  15. I loved your creepy, guilt-ridden flash fic - what a great treat for Halloween! I also love the white pumpkins. They're like the ghosts of their orange brethren, come back from the grave, all pale as tombstones. Have a great Halloween! :)

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    1. And I love your line about white pumpkins and all it's Halloweeny references! Ghosts of their orange brethren...ha! =)

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  16. I LOVE this. fantastic writing! And I'm obsessed with the white pumpkins!

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    1. Thank you! I want to have an elegant Halloween party someday, and for sure do the Ichabod pumpkin. It's literary! *dies*

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  17. The images of the ghostly white pumpkins are a perfect addition to this story!

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    1. In the story, I originally had that part of her head was squashed like a grape. And then I had an ah-ha! moment. I should change it to a pumpkin, cuz, yanno. =D

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  18. Oh WOW!! That was pretty dang creepy, girl! Loved it :) And those white pumpkins are adorable. Somehow I've gone the whole season without pumpkins--I always buy a few. Maybe tomorrow, better late than never!

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    1. Thanks! The only pumpkins I bought this year were some little fake sparkly ones to put on top my bookcase. But I did have a mini white pumpkin given to me. It's so cute!!

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  19. I've had this bookmarked for a week now, and only got the chance to read it tonight. So I'm very sorry about the late comment, but I thought your piece of flash fiction was awesome. You packed a lot of tension into a little story. Great job!

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    1. Oh, thanks, Miranda! I appreciate it. =)

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