Hi to all the young witches and vampires out there. It’s halloween again and I love this time of year, frights and costumes are getting better and better each year. England seems to be getting better at this the more time goes on. So in celebration of this ever so special time of year I wrote a very short story, in fact its more like flash fiction than a short story. Enjoy.
Comments are always welcome.
There is a Monster at my window
It was strange, and looking back it was quite understandable to be scared. Come on there was a monster at my window.
It had come for the last three nights, just after midnight (I knew the time because there was a clock with glowing hands hung next to the window) Each night it would tap tap tap on the glass with its long white finger nails. Just three taps, then it would show me its teeth in a fierce snarl. Its eyes would glow red with a wave of fire flowing within them. I thought it could probably shoot fire from them.
Tap Tap Tap on the window.
By the forth night I thought it best to tell my parents. My mum looked at me over the toad in the hole.
“A monster, what in your bedroom?” said my father.
“No it is at my window, it taps three times then”
“Well” he interrupted with a mouth full of sausage. “Well if it’s outside you don’t have to worry about it. Anyway I’m here and won’t let anything happen to you”
I slammed my knife and fork down in the hope to shock them. “SAM” my mother shouted. “SAM”my father shouted both together, my father carried on after they looked at each other. “Sam you will not get the right sort of attention by doing that”
“You do it” I said soon to regret it.
“Now go to your room until”
“But the monster at my window” I interrupted.
“There is NO monster at your window” said my father.
As I walked up the stairs my legs went heavy. I thought tonight would be the night. Them taps would become bangs and then it would break through and kill us all.
The monster did not fail me. In the hope to ignore it I kept my head below the covers checking the time every now and then. But the closure it got to midnight the more I checked. The big hand of the clock was one minute from twelve. The second hand was at the six. Thirty seconds until it would come. I checked again ten seconds, five four three two one.
TAP TAP TAP
Its face was big and covered in fur the colour of fire and wood. Its fingers were scaled and the long white nails were taping on the glass. It opened its mouth and a split tong swung out from between its blue cold lips.
“MUM, DAD ITS HEAR NOW, ITS GOING TO EAT ME” I shouted.
Moments later the door swung open and standing there was my dad, stud behind him was my mum.
“Samantha What are you shouting for” said my dad.
“She’s petrified” said my mother. She sat down next to me and held me close.
“Tell me what happened princess” said my dad he would always call me princess when he wanted to calm me. I like that about him.
“It was at the window, it comes every night just after midnight”
“It could be because it halloween tomorrow night” said my mother to my father.
“Halloween or not I won’t have it scary my little princess. Tomorrow night I will be here at midnight and show her she has nothing to be scared about”
“What about tonight” I said “please stay, it might come back.
My father moved over to the window, the curtains where always bulled back, they swooped to the side leaving a diamond shape to see through. He moved them aside and looked out, his hand moved to the latch “NO DON’T” I shouted. He looked at me and smiled, them he open the window and poked his head out “there you go nothing out there, its all clear”
As they both left the room my father said “Now go to sleep and no more shouting”
No sooner had they closed the door the monster was back at the window but this time it was making a noise. It was like someone licking fire with a sizzle each time its tong touched its face.
In a gruff voice the monster said “Tomorrow night I will be here for you” it then hissed and vanished with a flash of fire.
The next morning I told my father all that had happened, he reassured me that all would be ok. He said “halloween is just a silly night for silly kids and you are no silly kid, are you?” I chose not to answer.
That night came round far to fast for me. My father came into my bedroom at eleven thirty and we watched the minuets pass, he kept telling me jokes that didn’t understand. Then there was only two minutes left.
“Not long now princess, then you can get some sleep” he smiled that smile and moved over to the window.
“No dad please stay here, don’t go over to the window it will” The monster rose from behind my father, it s teeth beard and fire flowing from its head like hair. My father looking at me did not see it, but his smile faded fast when he saw my face and the glow emanating from the fiery hair.
He turned, they where face to face, eye to eye. He walked toward the glass pain and reached for the handle.
“NO” I shouted “NO DAD DON’T”
He turned the handle and opened the window. My heart was beating fast, sweat was beading down my face with the heat that flooded the room.
My farther grabbed hold of the monsters head of flames, all I could think was how his hands must of burnt. They fell to the floor.
“MUMMY” I shouted as they rolled about on the floor, my fathers cloths were on fire now. “MUM DADS GETTING HURT”
She did not come, the monster was on top of my Father and rose its fist ready to smash it down. Then the most unbelievable thing happened. The flaming hairy monster bent down over my fathers neck, teeth bared dripping with saliva. And it kissed him on the lips. I waited for him to burn, but burn he did not. He kissed it back.
“Darling you are so wonderful, look she is so scared, how wonderful” it said in a not so gruff voice.
“Yes I know” he sat round “Samantha meet your mother”
“What… mother, no no no no its not mother its not” I’m now ashamed to say I cried, but given what I had just been through I think you will give me that.
When I rose my head my farther was a flaming monster too, in shock I backed against the wall.
“No no no no”
“Is that all your going to say” said my mother “because tonight is you night. My darling you are to come of age tonight”
A few moments later my hair burst into flames.
by Steven Glenn.