In honor of Halloween, I want to share a story that a friend of mine, Georgia Moore recently wrote. She has generously said that I could post it here today in honor of a holiday we both enjoy.
I find it disappointing that if October 31st falls on a weekday, Halloween is now celebrated on the weekend. People, October 29th was not Halloween!
Today is Halloween!
Remember when we were kids? We went out that last day of the month, no matter if it was a weekday. Who cared that there was school the next day. I think teachers were well prepared to face a classroom full of kids who’d had too little sleep and too much sugar. Or maybe not, but we didn’t care as we sleep-walked through the day. It was all part of the package.
I do understand some of the safety concerns that have changed the way the holiday is celebrated, but, really, couldn’t we still have Halloween on the right date?
Okay, rant over. Enjoy the story….
“Who’s that in the fish pond, Mommy?”
“What do you mean, Evelyn?”
“That girl. That little girl. She’s looking at me!”
“Why, that’s you, darling. It’s your reflection.”
“Oh no. Not me, Mommy. She’s evil, and she’s making fun of me.”
“Evelyn, now stop this story-telling at once!”
“Don’t go near the pond, Mommy. She doesn’t like you.”
“Evelyn, come away from there. Stop this nonsense!”
Evelyn cautiously and slowly backed away from the water, keeping her eyes on the pond.
“Where’s your other shoe, Evelyn?”
“I lost it in the mud at the pond.”
“Go get it.”
“I’m afraid of that girl, Mommy. Let’s go home now.”
“Evelyn, there is no girl in the pond. You’re being ridiculous. We will not leave a perfectly good shoe behind, stuck in the mud!”
Mommy angrily marched back to the edge of the pond to retrieve the shoe. A small hand reached up and grabbed her ankle. Mommy lost her balance and fell into the pond. She hit her head on a rock and sank beneath the waterlilies.
“I told you, Mommy.”
My friend is a master at flash fiction – something I have never mastered – and I love it when she shares a story with me. Do you like to write flash fiction?
Have you already had your Halloween fun, or will you be having festivities tonight? Since I live out in the country, we have never had trick-or-treaters come to the house, but I have enjoyed seeing the kids in town in years past.
Don’t forget to check out my new book, One Perfect Love, the sequel to One Small Victory. One Perfect Love, a story that answers the question of whether Jenny and Steve can find “happy ever after”, is ready for pre-order on Amazon, releasing on November 8. Both books are discounted to only 99 cents until the end of November. What a deal!