Weekly Writing Prompt: 23/03/2022

Gillian Church posts Writing Prompts every week on her Horror Prompts Instagram account and I like to take part with a few snippets and pieces of flash fiction.

The Prompt:
I’m so excited to introduce you to my family! Before the dinner, though, I have to tell you something…

The Submission:
The drive down was uneventful, for a change. Mary-Ann didn’t mind; even if they got stuck in traffic, she generally just slept the whole way or annoyed Bill by talking on the phone while he was trying to keep his nerves calm with some heavy rock.

“I should warn you, Mare,” he said suddenly, spooking her attention from a bird of prey hovering over a field. “The rest of my family aren’t like my parents.”

Mary-Ann raised an eyebrow. “Oh yeah? How so?”

Bill shifted a little in the driver’s seat. “They have some…well, eccentricities.”

“What are they, Methodists?”

Bill smirked. “No, not at all. They kind of despise all religion.”

Mary-Anne shrugged, wincing at a slight pain in her belly and a rush of nausea; she had been raised by strict Jehovah’s Witness parents and didn’t really have much love for religion since ostracising herself from them. “As long as they’re not planning on nailing me to an alter and sacrificing me to a goat, I’m happy.”

Bill bared a laugh and turned to her. “And…if they are?”

Mary-Ann giggled. “Hey, I’m pregnant, remember?”

Bill nodded. “Yes, that’s what makes you a perfect candidate.”

Mary-Ann’s laughter gave way to confusion. “Wait…what?”

“Sure!” Bill beamed as he took the exit. “After all, we want our Saviour to be a healthy child.”

Mary-Ann frowned, hugging her belly. “Bill, that’s not funny.”

Bill turned towards her, a dark glint in his eye. “Cleansing the world never is.”

What did you think to this week’s writing prompt? Did you submit anything for it? Have you ever written any flash fiction before? I’d love to know what you think to my snippets and writing prompts, so feel free to sign up and let me know what you think below or leave a comment on my Instagram page. You can also follow Gillian Church and Horror Prompts to take part in the Weekly Writing Prompt challenge.

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