Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers! Once more I get to join in the fun led by Priceless Joy πŸ™‚ The rules generally go like this:Β we are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. It is fun and everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.* I may have gone over a bit, at 210 words. Β I just felt they were needed to match all those stairs. To read all the other stories inspired by Joy Pixley’s wonderful photo, click HERE.

“I’m telling you, the noise came from up there!” Sheila insisted.

Rose looked up at all the steps. Β “Really?”


Rose sighed, starting up the steps.


“What, Sheila?” Rose asked patiently.

“Here–” Sheila handed her a bat “–you can’t go up there empty-handed.”

Taking the bat, Rose continued up the stairs while Sheila stood at the bottom wringing her hands.

Just what Sheila thought was up there, Rose didn’t know. Her next door neighbor always seemed a little high-strung, but the elderly lady was downright hysterical tonight. The steps went up to the widow’s walk on the roof, so it was unlikely anyone had come in or out from there.

By the time Rose got to the top, her legs were shaky and the bat was dragging up the stair treads. Sheila had called up several times, but she seemed very far away now. It was quite dark at the window, with only the moonlight beaming in to light her way. No one had ever run electricity to the walk, and Rose stumbled forward.

Pressing her forehead against the cool glass, Rose let her body relax. Sudden noise had her pulse jumping and she spun, raising the bat, only to laugh weakly.

Sheila had squirrels in her attic.

*I did steal the rules directly from Priceless Joy’s blog πŸ™‚




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19 responses to “FFfAW

  1. Hahaha! Cute story! All that suspense and it was just squirrels! Great story! I enjoyed reading it. Your welcome to steal the rules from my blog anytime! πŸ˜€


  2. mandibelle16

    haha! Here I am expecting some guy breaking and entering and it was only squirrels making noise. Good one!


  3. Great story! Fun ending made me smile! πŸ™‚


  4. Excellent, could feel the tension building and then relief at the end. Good story well written.


  5. Lovely story, Samantha. All of that for pesky squirrels! Great tale πŸ™‚


  6. Sometimes its the logical explanations that give us the most chills. Great story!


  7. hahaha I exhaled as well. Nice story.

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  8. LOL. Squirrels. Great ending πŸ˜€


  9. I was expecting something quite nasty as Rose neared that window walk! I love the way you build up the suspense to suddenly introduce the real villains of the piece – harmless little squirrels! Nice one, Samantha. πŸ™‚


  10. Phew what a relief πŸ™‚ Nicely drew out the suspense


  11. michael1148humphris

    But they might have been giant squirrels, πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ no I loved your story just as it was. Mike


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