Ghoulish Flash Fiction A to Z: Hupia (Taíno)

Moonlight Over the Sea

Moonlight Over the Sea (Photo credit: RobW_)

An eerie alchemy befell the mountains of Isla de la Rana off Costa Rica’s beaches during the full moon. Mothers kept their children indoors and called their husbands home early. The homeless sought shelter at the convent from the winged abductors that terrorized the shoreline.


Tonight’s full moon was no different, save the novelist heading for the beach as husbands and children hurried home to impatient women.

“Esta noche hay luna llena,” a homeless man warned as the novelist passed near the convent on his way to the waters delights for a writer’s block, moonlight swim. He paid no warning to the ragged man; his head filled with dinosaurs and mad science gone awry.

As the novelist kicked off his shoes and shirt, his mind was on a particular crux of his latest plot twist, not the real danger flying towards him over the moonlit waves from Isla de la Rana. Before he could dip his toes into the warm waters of the ocean, the hupia carried him back to island’s cold mountain caves. The novelist and his dinosaurs were never heard from again. But who wants to read about dinosaurs anyway, perhaps the hupia did the world a favor.

———–200 words————

Today’s haunting is inspired by the Hupia which can also be found in Jurassic Park. Quite fitting that the movie is being released in 3D now. Though the movies differ from the novel by Michael Crichton, they could not exist without it, so I had to stake out a bit of revenge for my sister who was scared by the original movie when it came out, but she was like 4 or 5.  Nothing scarier than dinosaurs except 3D dinosaurs–Except the 4D Bug Life ‘Ride’ at California Adventure Park(cute for kids, but if you don’t like spiders, don’t do it)


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ALCHEMY (noun)

1: a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life

2: a power or process of transforming something common into something special

3: an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting

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10 thoughts on “Ghoulish Flash Fiction A to Z: Hupia (Taíno)

  1. I like a contrarian. Well written.

  2. brenda w says:

    Silly novelist, every knows you shouldn’t go for moonlit swims when the hupia are near. Strong well constructed write. Engaging.

  3. I’m sure his mother will miss him. The typical artist, so caught up in his muse that no other voices get through. A love tale and take on the prompt.

  4. Michael says:

    Nice twist at the end. Next time I go for a brainstorming stroll, remind me to make sure there aren’t real flying monsters nearby to carry me off. 🙂

  5. Draug419 says:

    I just got back from seeing Jurassic Park again in 3D 😀 This is such a fitting piece to read afterwards!

  6. Leave it to a writer to completely ignore the threat of death in hopes of getting over some writer’s block. Love that last line–just the right amount of snarky humor.

    Thanks for linking up!

  7. steph says:

    Great last line. Maybe he’s off in that cave writing his heart out and will emerge with a best seller. Nice moonlit story.

  8. What a creative use of the prompt! The Taíno connection makes the story so rich. Nice work.

  9. That change of perspective will surely bode well for a different kind of novel??
    Oh, and he should remember, when in Rome, do as the Romans… Love the atmosphere.

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