For the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2013 I will be doing flash fiction pieces inspired by ghosts and spirits around the world. Around 100 words each. Here’s a longer tale (240 words) to wet your appetite; a tale inspired by the Jersey Devil (American).
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The Jersey Devil, the inspiration for the team’s current name. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Luke had asked Jessie to meet him in the woods behind his house in the small northern Delaware town after dinner. The grass, wet from the morning’s spring rain, allowed her to sneak up on him as the sun was setting, “Hey handsome!”
“Hey beautiful,” he dodged her kiss.
“What’s up?” she asked nervously hoping he wasn’t about to break up with her. Jessie felt Luke was the one; she desperately wanted him to propose.
“I got into Rochester, great scholarship even.” Luke admitted trying to muscle up some courage to break things off with Jessie. Luke didn’t think the whole long distance relationship thing would work plus he wanted to try his luck with the girls at college. But Jessie had been good to him and he thought it would be better to break things off before summer so they could both have that summer fling to get over each other.
“Gre…” before Jessie could finish congratulating Luke; a blood-curdling scream interrupted her, “What was that?”
“I don’t know, but let’s get out of here.” Luke grabbed Jessie’s shaking hand and headed towards his house. As the shriek sounded again, they began running towards the clearing. Jessie tripped in the twilight shadows. When she looked up to grab Luke’s outstretched hand, a winged creature with an open mouth of sharp teeth came swooping down from the trees, snatching his hand like an eagle snatches a salmon out of water.