This was a tough one tonight. I’m not a big fan of Halloween. I don’t do scary writing in general. So, when the prompt was a picture that was Halloween based, I wasn’t sure which way to go. Here’s the picture
I decided to put a different spin on this story. Some of the others are better from the horror angle so I’m not sure if this will make it past the judge into the finals….
The wind howled as Jenny and her little sister stared at the gate. Dried leaves swirled around their feet rustling on the sidewalk. Earlier in the night they had been crunching those leaves joyously as they walked. Now their feet were still. That gate loomed in front of them and neither of them wanted to go through.
Jenny urged her little sister. “C’mon Fran. We said we would.”
Fran squeezed her eyes shut and shook her head; talking was out of the question.
The wind whistled through the bushes behind the wall and past the steel spines on the gates. The girls were sure that they heard a howling voice inviting them in.
Fran mustered up the courage to say, “No! I’m not ready to go there!”
Jenny nodded in silent agreement. Slowly she began to lead Fran away from the gloomy gates. “Which way, Fran?” she croaked. She was afraid to be too loud in case anyone inside might hear her.
Fran pointed towards a dead tree that highlighted the rising moon. “There. That way.”
Jenny nodded. “Let’s go.”
Fran and Jenny visited every house on that block and got their candy booty from the residents. Then, they came to the gate again. It still called them. It still beckoned them. The both shook their heads and started to walk towards the west when they heard footsteps crunching the leaves from behind the gate. An old voice cried out, “Girls! Is that you? I’ve been waiting for you.”
Fran and Jenny tried to run, but Fran tripped over her costume. Jenny frantically tried to pick her up but it was too late. The gate creaked open with a loud raspy sound. The lady from behind the gate shouted at them.
“Fran! Jenny! You two are late! You were supposed to be home an hour ago! Now get inside. I’m worried about you two out all alone this late.”
So…that’s tonight. Enjoy!