Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Z is for . . . ZERO CHANCE OF MOVING

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.


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ZERO CHANCE OF MOVING

Mom asks about his imaginary friend.

“Her name is Cindy, she lives in the hall closet. Her face is all zippers - eyes, nose, everything.” Barry doesn’t like to think of Cindy’s long, stretched out mouth. When she whispers to him, the tracks of her teeth click, gnash.

“Sweetie, it’s only the luggage all stacked up. Daddy got it down from the attic, for when we move next week.”

“Cindy won’t let us.”

But Mom walks away.

“She likes it here,” he whispers.

In the closet, Cindy grins. Her zippered mouth, now glinting with saliva, slowly opens.

*****

40 comments:

Julie Flanders said...

Oh geez I'm so creeped out by Cindy!
And I'm SO impressed with all of your stories for the Challenge. You are so talented!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This sounds like it would make a damn good scary movie - reminds me of The Conjuring :)

debi o'neille said...

Of course you come up with a zinger for Z. Kudos! I will definitely be visiting this blog for lots of tomorrows!
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Julie - thank you so much! And Cindy creeps me out, too. I've avoided our hall closet for a few days now…. :)

OE - whooo! Thanks!

Debi - I'm glad to hear you'll be coming back. :)

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

You know what? I've read a lot of horror stuff but that zippered mouth is CREEPY.

Congrats on finishing the challenge - wow, so impressed that you wrote a story every single day!!!!!

Jeanette said...

LOL! Very good!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I love the ending "zippered mouth, now glinting with saliva, slowly opens." Kind of creepy.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Chilling!
Excellent A to Z all month, Madeline!!! You rock!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Cathy - thanks! And the zippered mouth creeps me out, too.

Jeanette, Rachna, Tyrean - thank you!

Stephanie Faris said...

Ooh, scary. A kid would certainly check the closets for luggage after that one!

Kristin Smith said...

Awesome. You managed to give me the chills. Again. Why do I expect any less?

I have loved reading your stories over the month. I wish there was an award for coolest A to Z posts, because you would win it for sure! It's been a great month! So glad to have met you!! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Someone is about to be eaten. Death by luggage.
Congratulations on completing the Challenge.

Anonymous said...

EEK! Cindy sounds nasty and she can stay in the closet. Congrats on making it to the end of the challenge. =D

~Patricia Lynne~
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, YA Author

Chrys Fey said...

An imaginary friend with zipper mouths? Oh that's creepy!

Congratulations on completing the challenge!! I've enjoyed reading your stories. :D

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Luggage can be creepy and all closets are just places where monsters hide.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Stephanie - not just a kid…. :)

Kristin - thank you so much! I really appreciate that.

Alex - ha! Death by luggage - I like that. :)

Patricia - I don't think Cindy is going to stay in the closet….

Chrys - thank you!

Sophie Duncan said...

Another creepy, thought-inspiring flash fiction, thank you. Cindy is not someone I'd like to be dealing with!

It's been fun. scary, disturbing and occasionally sweet :) Thanks for your fictions this month :D
Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

Crystal Collier said...

Gah! Seriously. Disturbing. I will never look at a suitcase the same way. *shudders*

True Heroes from A to Z

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Susan - amen!

Sophie - thank you very much! I'm glad I "met" you through this Challenge. :)

Crystal - then my job here is done. :)

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

"Death by luggage". Maybe the title of my next book? Though It seems a little commonplace. Luggage will kill us all.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Or else the fees for having to take it on a plane will. :)

Michelle Wallace said...

*shudder* That gave me the chills!
Congratulations on crossing the A to Z finishing line!
Your flash fiction was awesome!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Michelle - thank you! :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Congratulations, you did it! And now you should seriously think about putting your stories together and publishing as an e-book. They're wonderful.

Lynda Dietz said...

EEEEEEE!! What vivid imagery! I'm never going to look at my luggage the same way again.

betty said...

Oh, this is a good one! I do agree; there is no change they are moving! I don't like Cynthia at all!

Congrats on finishing the challenge! I did enjoy the stories of yours that I read; amazing you could put together a great story in 100 words! Great talent!

betty

Liza said...

Boy, do you have a talent for these shorts. Congratulations on an amazing A-Z.

Phoenix said...

Yikes, just the thought of a face of zippers is creepy enough without the hint of malice and saliva!! What a great collection of shorts- very creepy and enjoyable!
Congrats on a great A-Z! :)

Jolie du Pre said...

Wow, that was chilling. Thank you so much for these wonderful flashers!!

Leslie S. Rose said...

EEEEKKKKK. In a good way. Congrats on your A to Z. Nice to meet you. Thanks for popping by my blog.

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Oh wow, you really finished with a creepy one! *decides not to open the under-stairs cupboard for a while*
It's been such fun visiting your blog over the fest, congrats on making it all the way to Z.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings - AtoZ (Vampires)
FB3X - AtoZ (Erotic Drabbles)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Patricia S - I'll probably do that. :)

Lynda, Betty, Liza, Phoenix, Jolie, Leslie, Tasha - thank you all!

Suzi said...

I have never thought of a suitcase as creepy... until now that is. :)

ghostmmnc said...

Thank you so much for your stories! I've really enjoyed reading them! Best wishes for you!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Suzi - :)

Ghost - I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Tara Tyler said...

wow - your stories have such depth in so few words! this one is creepy, didn't know you had it in ya! excellent job with the challenge! way to go!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Great way to end the challenge :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Tara, Finley - thank you!

Michelle Woods said...

Yikes! Imaginary or not so imaginary...hmmmm.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Michelle - you never know.... :)