10/07/2019

DINNER - a story for Friday Fictioneers in 100 words


DINNER
People were enjoying a peaceful dinner when the power failed, plunging the restaurant into darkness.
In the ensuing confusion tables were overturned, glasses smashed, and then the screaming started. One after another the voices rose to a crescendo ... and stopped. Then there was another sound, like a child slurping thick milkshake through a straw, but amplified a hundred-fold.
After a few moments there was nothing but silence.
When the police arrived, three strange tubes were disappearing into the ground, smeared with gore, and the floor of the restaurant was a foul, pulpy mess.
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Not the most pleasant way to make my reappearance after a few weeks absent, but those waving arms look menacing to me! Two weeks ago I was in Northern Ireland visiting my elder daughter and her husband and drinking Guinness. And last week I was painting my bedroom and my desk was inaccessible!

24 comments:

  1. Yikes! Gory story, Liz! Nice one.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  2. Most of the time the monsters come from outer space. Not this time. Nice twist, Liz!

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  3. Dear Liz,

    Welcome back. The slurp and gore will stick with me for a while. Eeew. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. At least they will only stick figuratively!

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  4. Sucked away to be fuel for another species I imagine! Good take.

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  5. i didn't expect the twist. you covered it very well. :)

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  6. Way to come back, Liz...
    Jeez... talk about graphic and gory. Well done, you!

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    1. Thanks, Dale - don't know what came over me!

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  7. A very description piece with an eerie undertone. I want to know more. Excellent! =)

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  8. Gulp. They should learn better table manners. Fun in a gory way, Liz.

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  9. A great horror story, Liz. Readers love those things. I had a vivid picture in my mind of the carnage. ---- Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne - I don't usually write horror so it's good to hear it worked!

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