January 2023 Drabble Challenge: Maggot

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:
All day long, the chocolate chip muffin had been calling to me… I could almost hear it whispering… It was in the staff fridge, just a few steps away, and beckoned me like a siren at sea. Where was it from? Who’s was it? I had no idea… but I meant to have it.

Finders keepers, after all.

Surreptitiously, I swiped it as I swept from the building, stuffing it into my satchel like a criminal and almost sweating as I dashed outside as casually as possible. I drove away in the fading light of dusk and, sat innocently in a supermarket car park, devoured the glorious chocolate treat.

It was everything I thought it would be! Chunky chocolate chips, a light dusting of icing sugar, soft and spongey cake, a gooey, syrupy centre. Ugh… I just about blew my load, it was so good! I took care to eat it in sensible bites, wanting to savour every last morsel. Crumbles dropped from my thick lips and, as I moved to sweep them away, I noticed something that made my skin crawl.

It was small, yellowish brown, and curled into a spiral. As I stared at it, horrified, the maggot squirmed on my top. I felt bile rising at the back of my throat as I looked again at the delicious muffin in the palm of my hand and saw more of the writhing little larva squirming in the mushy centre.

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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