Networking (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, May 2012)


A Photo prompt for this week’s 100 WCGU!



The old woman shoved me down the cellar steps into darkness, slamming the trap door behind me.

For weeks now I’d felt her watching me deliver her morning paper, eyes boring into my retreating back.  Planning.  Assessing.

As my eyes adjusted, I detected a dim light glowing overhead in the centre of the room, throwing the corners into shadow.

And then, I heard panting, a shuffling noise, and out from the shadows crawled a huge shaggy creature with burning yellow eyes and a long, slavering red tongue.

“Play with me,” it pleaded plaintively, “I’ve got a ball we can use.”



About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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27 Responses to Networking (100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, May 2012)

  1. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    When you write, the bright light of your imagination throws the corners of your mind into shadow…. out of which come your stories.

    Love it, and in solely a writerly way, you.




  2. rich says:

    ha! had me fooled. good job.


  3. Great piece. I always enjoy what you write. There’s something very well rounded in how you deliver a story.


  4. Sandra says:

    Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  5. You had me scared in the cellar with the unwitting delivery person (I could see the monster in my mind!), but I’m wondering how the old woman got him to the door? Especially since he/she was suspicious of her. 🙂


  6. lorrainefort says:

    LOL! “slavering?” Truly original…and I can almost smell it’s breath! nicely done. 🙂


  7. Gilly Gee says:

    You’re a great story teller Sandra, I love it!


  8. Sally-Jayne says:

    Hee hee – love that dog! I’m just wondering how long before the delivery person ends up as the ball!


  9. Judee says:

    So awe-fully delightful, I love the description of the creature, and of course we know what that ball is made of.


  10. Delft says:

    Poor monster, it only wants to play…


  11. wow i was getting a sense of scariness until the ending – good imagery x


  12. Mayumi-H says:

    Ah! That was so creepy. I loved it! 😀 All of the little nuances of memory, and then that immediate moment of fear. The talking “dog” is especially gruesome and sad. Well done!


  13. gsussex says:

    I would like to hear more but fear we all know how this will develop!


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