Here’s the somewhat freaky picture prompt for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers sent out by Priceless Joy. To join in, write a story (100-175 words) relating to the photo prompt. Click here for more Flash Fiction.
Photo Credit: pixabay.com (‘free to use’ photographs)
In this week’s story I have used the scene and characters from my flash fiction story, Number 9.
Danny hated sleep-overs at his grandpa’s house; the macabre ornaments, the bizarre noises and the putrid smells, where ghostly shadows slithered across the walls and the rooms were cold and dank. He always got the strangest feeling that the house was alive.
Danny shivered and pulled the covers over his head, wishing he was home in his warm comfy bed. If it wasn’t for the rain pelting against his bedroom window and the strange noise coming from the roof, he would probably have been sound asleep by now.
There is was again… thud, thud, thud.
Danny climbed out of bed and pulled down the attic stairs. He tugged on the light switch cord. Darkness still surrounded him.
Taking the torch from his bedside cabinet, Danny climbed the narrow stairs. He peeked over the last rung, shining the torch into the room.
A life-sized clown puppet sneered back at him, tapping its foot.
Thud, thud, thud.
Danny screamed in horror.
“April Fool’s Day!” laughed his grandpa, jumping out from behind the puppet.
I’m not sure about the last line. Leave it in or get rid of it? What’s your opinion?
Thanks for reading!