Here’s my 2014 entry into Susanna Leonard Hill’s annual Halloweensie contest.
The entries must be 100 words or less and contain the words pumpkin, broomstick and creak (some version of creak). Rules can be found here, if you are interested.
By Stacy S. Jensen
Milo scratched under his pumpkin costume.
An itchy breath tickled his neck.
The step creaked at his neighbor’s door.
“Trick or Treat!” he yelled, but the neighbor stuttered, “B-behind you!”
Milo saw a monster-sized Tag.
The monster chased him as he ran home.
Milo wiggled out of his costume.
He hit the monster with a broomstick.
He tried to rip the monster off with his teeth.
His bare hands couldn’t tame the monster.
Nothing worked, until Milo found his special weapon — blue scissors.
With one snip, the monster Tag vanished.
Word tells me this is 90 words without the title.
Please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog, because there will be dozens if not hundreds of fun and scary short stories for Halloween.