Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for . . . POWERLESS

Welcome to The Blogging from A-Z Challenge April 2014! This year, I’m offering up a story – each one 100 words or fewer - for each letter of the alphabet.

Some are heartfelt, poignant, sweet. Others are…not. 

I hope you enjoy them.



The power goes out with a pop. Darkness descends hard, fast. Agnes stumbles from the shower. She wraps herself in a towel, awaits the return of light, of beautiful normalcy.

She squints through the rain-streaked window. Shadows shift in the night. Who’s out there now, in the rain?

Moonlight licks the window like a lover’s tongue. It is then Agnes realizes it’s not raining.

Saliva slicks the glass. Rotting fingers smear the shining trails like a child crafting a message in paints. A runny egg yolk yellow eye blinks.

Behind her, the bathroom doorknob rattles.

Agnes lives alone.



Liza said...

Yikes!!!! Run Agnes!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Liza - run where?! :)

CA Verstraete said...

Great idea! I like the story, too. I wasn't that ambitious, but maybe I can think of some yet. I love writing flash. Thanks for stopping by GirlZombieAuthors. GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Holy crap!

Crystal Collier said...

*gasp* Goosebumps. That was totally freaky. What is going to happen to her? Eek!

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Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Christine - thanks!

Alex - :)

Crystal - what do you think is going to happen to her…? :)

Julie Flanders said...

Oh my gosh this is terrifying! I love storms so I was all into the rain and loved the line about moonlight licking the windows but then that love turned to total horror. Yikes!

Unknown said...

I loved your take on powerless and the connection you made in the piece. Took us quickly where we did not expect to go. Good job. Hope to read more. Good luck with the A-Z!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Madeline, this was wonderful but creepy. Agnes should run. Wondering whats going to happen to her now?

Sophie Duncan said...

Argh! Scary, scary stuff! Now's the time to run Agnes, if you can!
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Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Julie, R Scott, Rachna, Sophie - I'm glad it creeped you all out! I did my job. :)

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Ewwwww ... *shudder* - that's scary. Agnes is in real trouble and the lights have gone out. Really, really bad combination. Loved it.
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debi o'neille said...

Yikes. Hope she has a razor something for a weapon in the bathroom.

Bevimus said...

Holy cow is that creepy! Ick! I feel the need to grab a weapon and I'm sitting in a well-lit office! Wow.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Tasha - thanks!

Debi - or maybe nail scissors?

Beverly - thank you! And thanks so much for all your comments on the previous stories. I appreciate you going back and reading them all. :)

Kristin Smith said...

Whoa!! That is creepy!! This sounds like the beginning of a thriller novel! Well done, once again!! You know how much I'm loving your stories! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Kristin - if Agnes is the main character, I don't know long she's going to last…. :)

Nilanjana Bose said...

That sounds scary-wonderful. Hope Agnes has a nunchaku or something handy. Enjoyed your story. Visiting from the A-Z.
Best wishes,

Anonymous said...

Yikes! That turned out to be quite the scary story. I love the innocent beginning and how it morphs.

~Patricia Lynne~
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Patricia Lynne, YA Author

Jolie du Pre said...

Yep, super creepy. Are you also a horror writer?

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Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Oh gosh. It's scary enough when the power goes off but to be in the shower. And actually look out the window and have something right there!

Susan Kane said...

Runny egg yolk eyes. Oh, Agnes. This is not going to be pleasant for her at all.

Phoenix said...

Creepy alright!! Nothing worse than facing terror with only a towel on! Good one! :)

stefani said...

Oh no! This one is spooky!!!

Stefani @ Dreams of Nyssa

DA Cairns said...

A running egg yolk eye?...eeewww. I like my eggs hard boiled.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Niljana, Patricia - thank you!

Jolie - I enjoy writing a little bit of everything but I love writing the creepy stuff. :)

Susan G - I know!

Susan K - not at al….

Phoenix, Stefani - thank!

DA - I don't want to see any kind of eye - or egg - outside my window. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm so glad I read this one before dark.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Patricia - ha! :)

Suzi said...

Um, wow. So glad I didn't read this one when I was alone. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Suzi - I wish I hadn't written it when I was alone. Creeped myself out. :)