02/11/2016

THE HALLOWE'EN STORE


THE HALLOWE'EN STORE

“Dad! Jason pinched me!”
“If you don’t stop fighting I’m throwing you out.”
“You wouldn’t,” said Carrie, digging her elbow into Jason’s ribs, and Pete lost his temper completely. It was almost midnight, the Hallowe'en party had been a washout, and he was exhausted. Screeching to a halt at the roadside store, he pushed them out of the car and drove off, reckoning ten minutes should teach them a lesson.
But when he returned they weren’t there – and neither was the store. Only a local drunk who told him, “That store only appears at Hallowe'en. It’s always gone by midnight.”

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I wrote this story in response to the above photo promt, taken by Jean L Hayes and posted on Rochelle's blog -  https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/  from whence you can follow the Blue Frog link to read other stories by Friday Fictioneers. After commenting on mine, if you would be so kind!

25 comments:

  1. Wonder what he's going to tell his wife?

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    1. There were times when I made the same threat.

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  3. Ooooh! Nice one, Lizy! I didn't see that coming. :) :)

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    1. Cheers, Susan - glad I caught you out!

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  4. Oooh! Excellent! How many times have I threatened to kick them out of the car!

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    1. We do, don't we - but never actually fo it!

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  5. This reminded me of that couple in Japan (I think) who did the same with their child in the woods. He was lost for days. Good one, and very, very chilling.

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    1. Their child was far too young and they left him far too long, but kids can wind you up so much...

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  6. Laughing.
    Good story, touch of the old Brigadoon.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, ce ayr - glad I made you laugh.

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  7. Dear Liz,

    Now that sends shivers. A good one to tell to the little ones around the campfire. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. We could do with a camp fire right now - our boiler's on the blink!

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  9. I love that sinister and chilling can give me a laugh...

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  10. I've been there, done that with fighting children" Now I feel a little guilty about it but the boys still think it's hilarious that they could push my last button.
    Fun read,
    TraceyD

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    1. You mean you've actually chucked them out? I never had the nerve.

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  11. Oh dear. I wonder what he'll find next year. Very chilling, great writing Lizy.

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    1. He'll be back ever Hallowe'en from now on, won't he?

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  12. he can't trust the words of a drunk man. he must have made a wrong turn.

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    1. And he'll drive around for ever, searching.

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  13. Oh,no. That's creepy. The chances of his wife and the police believing that story are nil. He'll probably go to jail if his wife doesn't kill him first. Good writing, Liz. ---- Suzanne

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