Saturday, 9 April 2016

Drabble #4: A story in 100 words

His mouth is like a graveyard
Teeth like uneven tombstones
And when he opens his mouth
His breath spews out wisps of mist
Shaped like ghostly spirits
Smelling foul and rotten
Jealous of human prosperity
Dark and sinister night
Night without humour
Night without the moon 

He walks, with a stoop and cane
In the middle of the wet road
Not a soul, not a shadow
Something slams into him
The head disintegrates
Wheels drag the rest
A bloodcurdling scream
The scream of a thousand corpses
Coffin lid creaks open
Maggot hand, parasitic face
Bats shriek, cadavers cringe
“Mom!” “Dad!”

10 comments:

  1. Good un. appropriately creepy and gross! :)

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    1. Thanks, Charles. "Gross" is right. Next time I'm going to lighten up a Drabble or two.

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  2. Definitely creepy, Prashant. And moody.

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    1. Tracy, I don't even read much "creepy" stuff to be inspired to write something like this.

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  3. That boy/girl was really having a bad dream!

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    1. You're right, Oscar. The kid was having a horrible dream.

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  4. What a deliciously eerie story of a dream, Prashant!! Very effectively done, too.

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    1. Thank you, Margot! My wife wasn't too pleased about it—she thinks I ought to write stuff that makes people smile or laugh. She has a good point.

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  5. Hello Prashant – I am back from two weeks off and catching up with things. Read your drabble and think you have a knack for conveying some very dark ideas from your mind to the readers’ heads. I also understand your wife’s point about wanting to see something lighter. Keep going, man.

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    1. Hi Elgin! I hope you had a good break. Thanks for the appreciation. Fortunately, I get these "dark ideas" only when I sit down to type out a drabble or two. Otherwise, I love humour and comedy (P.G. Wodehouse and Woody Allen being favourites), and enjoy reading detective-mystery, espionage, and history.

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