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Five Sentence Fiction – Carolyn – Misunderstanding – Horror Rated R

As Carolyn’s tale winds to a close, I thank Lillie McFerrin at Five Sentence Fiction for this week’s one-word prompt, “misunderstanding“, as it has allowed me to continue my tale in snippets.  Find the entire story in ten parts (the last part, eleven, will be posted next Tuesday night) on Carolyn’s page to the left of this post.  After reading my entry, click > HERE < for the rest of the stories… Enjoy!!!

Five Sentence Fiction

Misunderstanding

Scott L Vannatter

Carolyn pushed the dead night crawler out of the way and ran to Jenny’s aid as the last of the creatures brought his teeth down toward her throat, forcing Carolyn to act on instinct as a mother and protector.

She brought her knife up for the kill strike, but had to get the thing’s teeth away from Jenny so there were no scratches, bites, or other marks which drew blood and could turn the young girl into a night crawler.

She knew she was not going to make it in time and stay safe so she did what she knew had to be done and grabbed the horrid thing by the jaw putting her own hand in its mouth and feeling the teeth sink into her fingers.

Plunging the hunting knife deep into the skull of the creature, Carolyn had to ignore the pain and the blood on her hands as she searched the crying girl’s skin for puncture marks and found none.

Jenny saw the blood and bites on Carolyn’s hand and started screaming, causing Carolyn to calm the girl down and make absolutely certain the teen did not misunderstand; she had to make her know she was not to blame for what was to come.

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Namaste,

Scott

Friday Fictioneers – Carolyn – Bring Home the Hay – Horror Rated R

Well, Carolyn’s story is drawing to a close.  You can read all the parts in her page listed to the left on this blog.  The snippet below is for this week’s prompt to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  Click > HERE < for the rest when done.  Enjoy!!!

Source: Copyright -Sandra Crook

Bring Home the Hay

Scott L Vannatter- 100 Words

Carolyn burst through the door of the elementary, killing night crawlers in the process.  She continued fighting.  Her thoughts kept drifting to how much the girls were hoping for some sweets this time in her search through the town.  Jenny kept saying, “Bring home the hay!” Carolyn had not been certain where the saying had come from, but she got the idea.  Now, there were night crawlers in the building going for the girls and Carolyn was not certain they would get through this one without injury or worse.

She snapped back.  A crawler had Jenny pushed to the wall.

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Namaste,

Scott

Flash Friday – Aging and Prompt – Carolyn – 2/21/2014

Well, it’s Friday and Rebekah PostuPak comes to us once again with a word and pic prompt (below) for Flash Friday.  The word is aging.  150 (+/-10) words forming the story done by dozens of very talented writers hoping to win the coveted attention/prize.   After reading my entry below, please click > HERE < to see the rest of the creations.  Enjoy!!!

Source: Parachutist @ Ft Lewis. Public domain photo.

Seconds Like Hours

Scott L Vannatter (159 words)

Carolyn ran like the wind, trying to reach the Elementary where her new family was and where the alarm bell had just been sounded.  Seconds passed like hours as she pushed herself to move even faster.  She felt the wind rush over her face and hair and remembered it had felt just that ecstatic and breathless the one time she skydived and her cord had refused to come out for a few precious seconds.  Now, it was Sheila and the four girls who could be suffering at the hands of the night crawlers. Carolyn aged.

She realized it was only mid-afternoon.  If it was them, why were they out in the daylight?  Then, a horrible thought struck her:  what if they were dying from the intense cold of winter and had become restless or even panicked?  What if they had abandoned their old ways because of starvation?

She rushed even harder, her breath losing the battle to keep up.

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Namaste,

Scott

FSF – Carolyn – Sunshine – Horror Rated R

Lillie McFerrin hosts, Five Sentence Fiction, complete stand-alones in five sentences based on the one-word prompt, which is “Sunshine” this week.  After reading my choice below, please click > HERE < for the rest of the creations.  Enjoy!!!

Source: LillieMcFerrin.com

Five Sentence Fiction

Sunshine

2/20/14

Carolyn crept quietly through the small town looking for weapons and food to help all of them at the elementary school in case of an attack by the night crawlers.  In spite of her worries and concerns, she was so very happy to be part of a group, even a small one such as they were, and being able to stay in one place and have a fairly strong sense of security and comfort, something she had not had in a while.

The memories of Jordan and Billy, especially Billy, were strong in her mind, but she found her step a bit lighter than before she arrived here, her eyes taking in the cold sunshine, and she actually looked forward to the evenings spent cooking supper, eating, sharing, and playing with the children before they all went to bed, just Sheila and Carolyn taking turns keeping watch through the night.   It had been weeks, and while the deep cold of Midwestern winter was settling in, the even colder fear from night crawler attacks was nicely absent.  Carolyn was becoming at home, though she still had to continually tell her mind she was still being careful, knowing that joy could breed carelessness which could bring about a swift death.

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Namaste,

Scott

Friday Fictioneers – Carolyn – The Tolling Bell – horror – Rated R – 2/21/14

****Important Note!!!!  Okay, sales were so-so for the 4 books I am anthologized in.
However, good news is:  At present ,they are all free on Kindle (you can also read them on your pc).
So, hop to Amazon…do a search for “Kevin Bufton”.  There are 9 or 10 free books (incl the ones I was not put into).
Here are mine:
War is Hell
Under the Knife
Another 100 Horrors
The Dead Sea

Another week another prompt (see below) from Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wis0ff-Fields.  After reading my prompt below, please click > HERE < to see the rest of the creations.  Enjoy!!!

source: Copyright – David Stewart

The Tolling of the Bell

By Scott L Vannatter – 100 words

Carolyn was out searching for weapons and food for the fourth time this week.  She knew Sheila and the children could handle getting the elementary fixed up security-wise.  She just wanted to spend time talking to all of them, her family.

She checked the home for night crawlers, then headed to the kitchen.  The shelves held flour, a little out of date, and sugar, along with salt and some spices.

“Well, soup will be tasty, at least.”

The sound of the bell in the distance had her running.  It was the alarm for trouble.  She only knew of one type.

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Namaste,

Scott

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