Horror Hullabaloo: 27/07/2022

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

The Prompt:

The Submission:
Polly had been whining for a pool since last summer. Warwick had been pulling some serious overtime to help pay for it, and my veg patch will never be the same, but it’s coming along really well.

Of course, the builders conveniently found a reason to bulk up the price, saying our “ground swell” was dangerous for the “intake valve”, but it was worth it to see her smiling face every day.

“Is it ready, Mummy?” she’d ask, eyes glistening. “Can we go swimming??”

“Soon, Honey,” I soothed reassuringly, hugging her close.

Warwick was out there, surveying the hole, scratching the back of his neck and no doubt wondering how we’d pay for the tiling. I brought him a mug of tea, intending to coax him out of there before he looked a little too closely, and he glance dup at me, a look of horror and confusion on his face.

He held a small, dirty, mangled femur in his hand.

Grimly, I set down his tea and grabbed a spade.

I hoped the pool would alleviate Polly’s grief.

What did you think to this piece? Did you submit anything for Gillian’s Horror Hullabaloo prompt? 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 Horror Hullabaloo challenge.

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