January 2023 Drabble Challenge: Gold

Horror PromptsGillian Church is hosting a horror drabble challenge this January: 31 prompts for 31 creepy tales throughout January that clock in at around 100 words.

The Prompt:

The Submission:
Jonah wiped the sweat from his brow and clutched one of the heavy gold bars to his chest.

He was sat huddled in the darkest corner of his bedroom, staring at the heavily barricaded door and muttering a prayer over and over through trembling, chapped lips.

When Jonah had heard about what happened to Kriss, found impaled on his banister through the anus, half his guts splattered all down the stairs, Jonah had worked frantically to turn his pokey little house into a fortress, hacking apart furniture and nailing it to every door and window.

Deep down, he knew it was a pointless endeavour. Even now, he could hear those heavy footsteps ascending the stairs; the jangling of iron chains; the low sea shanty drifting to his ears.

Each of them had taken a stash of the gold for themselves, splitting it equally, and each had met a gruesome, unexplained end, just as had been foretold. How Jonah had scoffed at the so-called “curse”, even after Roody had killed himself out of sheer terror.

As the doorknob to his bedroom door turned rapidly and Jonah heard hands pounding against it, a ghastly mist flowing from under the door and enveloping the house, he couldn’t help but wish he’d followed Roody’s example before the spirits had come for him, too…

What did you think to the prompt for today’s drabble challenge? 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 to take part in her Weekly Writing Prompt challenge.

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