Thursday, October 27, 2016

Six Sentence Stories

Posted Thursday October 25




Not a sound but the tap tap tap of a stick as the menacing cloaked figure slowly ambled along the street on that moody misty October night.

People crossed themselves and offered up prayers begging forgiveness for their sins as they peeped out from behind closed curtains, scared less it be they the grim reaper saught.

Once passed, the good folk of Hallowsham returned to whatsoever previously occupied them, content in the knowledge they were saved for another year.

Albert  Bartleby breathed a sigh of relief as he sank deep into his armchair before the cracking log fire, a tankard of ale grasped in his quivering hand.

Then  all of a sudden there was a loud banging on his old oak door, and releasing the tankard he thrust  his hand to his chest willing his hammering heart to slow, but to no avail.

He tried to stand but instead fell to the floor his eyes bulging and his body lifeless, never to hear the excited children shout ‘Trick or treat Mr. Bartleby, trick or treat?' 


For Six Sentence Stories where the cue word is Stick.



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30 comments:

  1. Hi Keith - poor old Angus Bartleby ... loved the story and his name in particular ... cheers Hilary

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  2. Ohhhh....poor guy! Great build up...the anticipation was grueling!!

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    1. Even I tensed up whilst writing it! Thanks Zoe

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  3. Angus must have had a guity conscience...and fancy wasting that beer!

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    1. I know! Fancy wasting a pint of Watney's Red Barrel!

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  4. Carly Simon said it first...anticipation

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  5. Wonderful tale of fear and expectation! The ending took me by surprise, but The Grim Reaper still collected his bounty.

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    1. He did indeed. A freebie! Cheers Josie

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  6. And, just when he thought it was safe! Poor guy probably had a heart attack ...over harmless trick or treaters. Wonderful story.

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    1. Who knows what belies us! Thanks for dropping by

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  7. nice twist
    these Sixes are fun for the punch that comes from such as compact format... (yeah, the better to surprise you with!)

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Quite a challenge but a great discipline to keep us wordy folk in check!

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  8. Very timely. I find the idea of trick or treaters just as menacing as the Grim Reaper.

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    1. Tell me about it! I've got my tin of sweeties ready.I hope Grimmy likes sweets!

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  9. I wonder if a magic charm would have been as powerful at saving him?

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  10. Fantastic tale of Halloween. I love your style. So Gothic.

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  11. Great story Keith! The name of the town, Hallowsham, alone sets the scene. Conjures all manner of a small town in the English countryside:)
    Seasonally spooky, eerie... nice twist at the end!

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    1. I actually come from a small market town called Hailsham which is where I got the idea for Hallowsham from! Glad you enjoyed it Girlie

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  12. This really sends chills down the spine. Fits the season too. Great story.

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  13. Ask not for whom the candy-fiends knock; they knock for thee!

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    1. That sounds a bit menacing! Cheers Eugine

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