January 2023 Drabble Challenge: Drain

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:
Drain

The Submission:
Paula stood in the bathroom combing her long, flowing locks before the mirror. Beyond the door, lounging on her bed, Bruce waited; she yearned for him, but she giggled as she made him wait. She squeezed her breasts together in her tight corset and enjoyed the ripples of lust that danced across her skin like tickling fingertips.

As she finished dousing herself with perfume, a skittering centipede dashed up out the plughole; its slimy body was coated in gunk from the drain and its antenna twitched curiously as it took in its surroundings.

Disgusted, horrified, Paula instinctively slapped her palm down to squash it and yelped with surprise as fangs bit into her skin. She withdrew her hand and desperately tried to shake the bug off, but the centipede clung to her flesh and nibbled furiously. She shrieked as she felt it wriggle its way under her skin and crawl its way inside of her.

When Bruce looked up from the bed, ready and raring to go, he was surprised to see Paula standing there hunched over, her head lolling to the side, her eyes rolled back so only the whites were showing and her body jerking ungainly as she was compelled to approach him by the parasite in her brain…


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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