Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Sunday Whirl

Posted Saturday September 24




It was a blind date. After all, I was free so I thought ‘why not?’ I was to meet Emma at a party. ‘It will be a scream' her text said. 'You’ll love it’


Standing outside the warehouse for a minute or two, I heard jangling music and merry laughter from within. Time to enter.

I pushed open the heavy metal door. The music stopped. I saw nothing, just blackness. I heard nothing but my heart pounding in my chest. Suddenly a beam of light shot toward me assaulting my eyes. I found myself creeping forward into the darkness. 

The door slammed closed behind me. A second dazzling shaft illuminated a macabre figure in a tailcoat seated at a piano, top hat upon his head and white gloved hands hovering above the keys. His ashen painted features faced me, bloodshot black-rimmed eyes staring into mine. His crimson mouth broke into a menacing toothless smile.

Another beam, and another creature stood before me; doll-like with little blonde pigtails tied with pink ribbons, a white face with blushing cheeks and little red rosebud lips. She tripped from foot to foot throwing petals from a basket into the air. 

'Emma? Is that... you?' I stammered. The lights went out. She disappeared. The pianist disappeared. I disappeared,

Someone unseen grabbed my arms, another my shoulders. I realised I was surrounded. They tugged and pushed and I tried to resist but then submitted. I found myself standing before a glowing crystal pot of swirling water. Somehow  I knew what I had to do. I rinsed my face and bathed my hands, then wandered into the pitch-black yonder. 


I’m holding a party tonight. Why don’t you come? It will be a scream, you’ll love it.






For The Sunday Whirl where the given words are - scream, date, will, mess, after, chest, you, rinse, submit, ashes, pot and free


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12 comments:

  1. Woo ... I'm glad I'm outside - I think I'll stay here thank you. Riveting telling though - what a creative mind ... cheers Hilary

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  2. May we politely take some time to consider that invitation - superb story telling as always Keith - and thanks for the add also

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    1. Consider it an open invitation, though I'm not sure what Alice would make of it

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  3. All the Emma's in my life have been like that, I could have warned you! Great story Keith.

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    1. Now I wish I'd sought your advice! Cheers OE

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  4. Macabre indeed! Some party.
    Red rosebud lips, I presume?

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  5. Yikes, that was a well-built level of intensity with plenty left to the imagination!

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  6. Yowza! I'm reminded oddly of the strange movie "Eyes Wide Shut" from many years ago. Well done.

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