October’s here and my first submission of the month is an entry for the #FallWritingFrenzy, a competition hosted by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis. The challenge was to select a fall photo to inspire a 200-word (or less) story. I chose several pictures, but finally settled on this image:
The colors and the animated quality of the skeletons just spoke to me. Here is my 190-word entry:
A Skeleton Soiree On Halloween, I met my pal outside a spooky joint. The house was draped in neon lights. It didn’t disappoint. I lumbared up to where he stood. “Oh, there you are Patella!” “I know I’m late, you bag of bones! I feel like Cinderella!” “I have a bone to pick with you,” Eboneezer said. Open-mouthed, I spun and stared. His skull was bathed in red. “Have I done something to offend?” I quizzed him in reply. “It seems like every time we meet, you taunt me, though I’m shy!” “I’m sorry if my humerus has triggered such chagrin. Did my good-natured ribbing find a crack beneath your skin? I tease you when you’re stressed and stiff. Relax! Let’s find some friends!” Spinally, he understood, so we could make amends. The music blasted out the door and reached a femur pitch. Some skeletons leapt on the porch. Their toes began to twitch. We heard a wailing saxabone, a swooping trombone, too. “Absolutely fibulous!” I cheered when they were through. We clicked and clacked our ribby racks and danced upon the lawn, until the music slowed, then stopped. Boo! Halloween was gone.
I can’t wait to read and comment on the other entries! Thank you so much for making this possible, Kaitlyn and Lydia. Thanks also to all who agreed to be a generous prize donor.