January 2023 Drabble Challenge: Spurt

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:
“Where the fuck’re you goin’ dressed like that?”

Ellie looked herself over. She was dressed in faded jeans, a casual blouse, and simple boots. There was nothing provocative about her outfit in the slightest.

“It’s Lisa’s baby shower.”

Guy scowled; behind his stubble, he wore the face of disdain.

“First I’m hearing about it!”

Ellie licked her lips and swallowed.

“I did tell you last week, remember?”

More scowling.

“I-it’s on the calendar… and I told you l-last night…”

“Oh!” Guy’s eyes darkened.

“So I’m an idiot, is that it?”

“What? N-no…”

“No, no,” he held a hand up to silence her.

“I’m an idiot and you’re right, as always.”

Ellie kneaded her keys nervously between her hands.

“I… I’m sure I did tell you…”

Guy rose from the couch and grabbed Ellie’s wrist tightly.

“Who’s gonna be there, hm?” he glared.

“That piece of ass you’re always lookin’ at, maybe?”

Ellie’s mind whirled in a blur as she struggled to picture who her husband was describing.

“Y-you mean Joel? Lisa’s husband? No… No, babe, he won’t be there. It’s just us girls…”

“Sure it is,” he scoffed. “And I’m sure afterwards you’ll all go out and you can bitch about what an asshole I am, hm?”

“I… I don’t… I wouldn’t…!”

“No, of course not,” his grip tightened. “You’re not fuckin’ goin’ anywhere…” his eyes blazed and he looked Ellie up and down with devious intent. “At least… not until after I’ve made you remember who you belong to!”

Guy reached for her, yanking at her blouse. Ellie heard a small rip and shrieked and, entirely on instinct, lashed out to slap him away. The tip of her door key disappeared into the gooey mess of Guy’s eye; blood, and a putrid puss, spurted from the gaping black/red mess and he howled, hand clamped to his face, as she pushed past him and out the door.

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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